Playtimes: A Century of Children’s Games and Rhymes at the British Library

Featuring film and audio clips from as early as 1900, the British Library’s Playtimes website “explores the enormous diversity of children’s games as well as the changes and continuities of play through time. Historical footage includes boys playing leapfrog, girls dancing to celebrate the end of World War One and numerous examples of children performing traditional songs and games such as In and Out the Dusty Bluebells, Hopscotch and Mummies and Daddies.

Contemporary footage has been filmed at two primary schools in London and Sheffield and includes children re-enacting TV game shows, computer game-style fights and pop songs.”

This is an amazing project!  But unfortunately the BL is very precious about their content…nothing can be downloaded for sharing, which is decidedly not in the spirit of playground games.

 

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