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Heritage Week: Memories of Newtown's Adventure Playground

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All Ages

UPDATE: As we have limited capacity due to Covid Level 2, we are taking registrations for this event. Please email if you would like to attend.

Friday 29th 6-9pm: Opening Event
Saturday 30th 10-4pm: Exhibition open

As part of Wellington Heritage Week: An exhibition of photos from 1974 of the Newtown Adventure Playground, by photographer John McWilliam. The Newtown Adventure Playground was a radical DIY space for unstructured play and exploration for kids in the ‘70s. It was on the corner of Constable and Daniell Streets and was a space of joy that many Newtowners remember vividly – the spirit of fun and excitement is captured in these striking stills.

Join us for the opening event on Friday 29th October, 6-9pm for kōrero about the playground, a chance to share memories and to enjoy the photographs. The event will be held at Newtown Hall, which is on the site of the old playground. Newtown Hall is decorated with the mural ‘Intersection’ by Newtown artist Kerb1, which also celebrates memories of the playground! Copies of John’s new book "Hey Mister Look At Me! Memories of Newtown Adventure Playground 1974" will be available for sale. In addition to the photo collection it includes memoirs from Ann Hunt who started the original playground in 1973 and was a volunteer throughout.

The exhibition will also be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday 30th to view the photographs.

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