Saving Tammoland: A Microhistory Of Children's Action To Save A Wasteground Playground-1965-1968.

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In 1965 a group of children living in north London discovered that an area of abandoned industrial land, which they had appropriated as their playground for over a decade, was earmarked for development for much needed social housing. The children decided to campaign against the development and contacted a local environmentally concerned artist to assist them in their campaign. Notwithstanding the children’s decision to seek adult support, they forged a child led campaign that drew on the good offices of sympathetic adults, but never relinquished their control. The campaign was well-run and attracted both local support and national media attention, becoming something of a cause célèbre. The campaign, now all but forgotten, was to continue for three years and whilst its aim of saving the playground ultimately failed it has left a positive legacy of active social engagement for many of the children who took part. This legacy, in no small way sprang from the fundamental belief, by both the children and adults involved, in the legitimacy of the children’s aspirations and their role as autonomous political actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-231
JournalInternational Journal of Play
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2017


  • Protest
  • Play
  • empowerment
  • active citizenship
  • political socialization
  • urban wildscape

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