Games Week: A celebration of games in London, 7th-15th July

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The History and Heritage Adult Learning London network, convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, will be holding a week-long celebration of games in history from 7th-15 July 2012, with events planned at leading museums and archives across London.

Whether you’re discovering children’s forgotten street games, finding out about stadium architecture, or learning about Nazi board games, there will be something for every age and interest.

As part of the week, we’ll be offering From Games of Goose to Snakes and Ladders, a free Wellcome Library Insight session which will uncover some of the surprising puzzles, games and notions of play to be found in the Library’s collections.

This session will take place on Saturday 14th July, 2pm-3pm. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, from the Wellcome Collection Info point on the day. More details are available through the Wellcome Collection website.

Other Games Week Events include:

Sir John Soane’s Museum, Stadia: Sporting Architecture through History, 10th July (6.30pm)

London Metropolitan Archives, Sporting London talk on 10th July (2pm-3pm) and 11th July (6pm-7pm) and This Sporting Life conference (PDF), Friday 13th July (10am-4pm)

Wiener Library, Playing at war: an up-close look at games and childhood in times of conflict, 12th July (2.30pm-4pm)

Bishopsgate Institute Library, Parlour Games and Street Play, 13th July (2pm-4.30pm)

More details on both Games Week (including a full listing of all events) and also on the History and Heritage Adult Learning London network, are available from the Raphael Samuel History Centre website.

Image: A large goose, with three golden eggs: numbered circles printed on the body of the goose for playing a counter game. Coloured engraving. 1848 (Wellcome Library no. 35130i)

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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