Places of play
What kinds of playground-related memories do you have? Did you spend time in playgrounds as a child, or do you visit them now as an adult with your own children? Have you worked as a playground attendant, playleader, or professional playground designer? We would like to receive stories from past and present playground users, parents, playground employees and playground environment planners. Tell us your story!
This writing collection is arranged in celebration of the upcoming 110th anniversary of organised playground activities in Finland. We aim to illustrate the history and present state of playgrounds and their significance to children and adults.
The following questions might help in the writing process:
As a child in a playground
- What were your favourite playgrounds like? Where were they? What did you do and how did you play there? What kinds of equipment were there? What was forbidden, what was allowed?
- At what age did you visit playgrounds? Who was with you? How did you go there?
- Describe your sensory memories from the playgrounds: How did it look, feel, smell and sound?
- Tell us about the adults present in the playground and organised playground activities.
As an adult in a playground
- How significant a role have playgrounds had in your family’s life?
- How often have you been visiting playgrounds? What is a good playground like? How could they be improved?
- What do playgrounds have to offer for an adult?
Working in a playground
- Tell us about your playground work. What is the everyday work in a playground like? Tell us about the children in playgrounds.Which values have guided your work? What is the role of parents like?
- Tell us about your work as a designer of environments for children. Which regulations have guided your work? Have you been able to use your creativity? What is a good playground environment like?
- What is the future of playgrounds?
Please tell us the town and the decade to which you refer in your story. You can also send us photos and drawings.
The collection is organised by the Finnish Literature Society (SKS) in cooperation with postdoctoral researcher Essi Jouhki (University of Jyväskylä) and doctoral researcher Veera Moll (Aalto University). The collected memories will be archived in the SKS archive and the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. The results of the collection will be published in spring 2022. Those who send their stories will participate in a draw of book prizes.
Please write in your own language and style. The length of the texts is not restricted. We also accept photographs, recordings, videos, previous memoirs and interviews. Please only send material if you have the right and/or permission to send such material. We ask you to give consent for archiving the material in the SKS archive and for its use in accordance with the rules of the archive. In addition, we ask you to give consent for disclosing the material to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive so that it can process and use the material for research, teaching and studying purposes.
Please submit your text by 31 January 2022
- using the form below or
- by post to the following address: Finnish Literature Society (SKS), archive, P.O. Box 259, FI-00171 Helsinki.
- Please, mark the envelope with “Places of play”.
- Include your consent for archiving the material in the SKS archive under your name or pen name, as well as your contact and background information. You can use the attached form.