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

Tony Keating

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-231
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Play
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2017


  • Protest
  • Play
  • empowerment
  • activecitizenship
  • political socialization
  • urbanwildscape
  • play
  • political socialisation
  • urban wildscape
  • active citizenship


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