Play On – The 8th Professional Development Event for the Play Sector

Since 2010, the play sector has suffered many losses – services, courses, people. But we play on. This event presents a collection of small-scale research projects undertaken by our postgraduate students. In addition, we are very pleased to welcome Charlotte Derry, who will present the work she undertook with Stuart Lester on supporting play in museums and cultural spaces.

Join us at the University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, on 2 July 2019.

Time: 10am – 4pm

Price: £20 to include refreshments and lunch

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Research Degrees

MA by Research – MRes – MPhil – PhD Join one of the highest rated providers of Masters qualifications in Children’s Play in the UK and improve professional practice through your own research. Join the vibrant School of Liberal and Performing Arts and engage in postgraduate research that is both cutting edge and creative. Make the […]

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Funeral of Stuart Lester

Dr Stuart Lester passed away suddenly on 11 May 2017. You can read a tribute to him here. The funeral will be on Wednesday 31 May at 11.30am. The family have said that they welcome people Stuart knew through his work at the funeral, but they would like to know if people want to attend, […]

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Dr Stuart Lester (1951-2017)

written by Wendy Russell It is with immense shock and sadness that we report the sudden and untimely death of our dear friend and colleague, Stuart Lester, on Thursday 11 May. After many years working on adventure playgrounds in the northwest of England, Stuart went into playwork training, and then he joined us part time at […]

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The Tales We Tell: Sharing stories of childhood, play and playing

The 8th annual professional development event for the play sector Friday 27 January 2017 // 9.30am – 4.30pm (lunch provided) University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9HW This professional development day features a series of valuable stories about ‘childhood’ ‘play’ and ‘playing’ from a variety of different perspectives and locations. These wide-ranging […]

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SMAP: Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds This project worked with adventure playgrounds in Bristol and Gloucester to gather memories of those involved as children, staff, families and communities, over their history, in order to explore their value. Film, exhibition and short report We held events at each of the playgrounds and recorded these using video, audio […]

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