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Handsworth Adventure Playground: Dave Swingle Interview

Handsworth Adventure Playground


Dave Swingle – first playleader at Handsworth Adventure Playground (early 1970s)

Dave discusses setting up Handsworth Adventure Playground in the 1970s, early inflatables, play centres in old off licenses, Highgate Berrington Road sculpture, ‘second hand grass’ and temporary playground sites around the city.

Dave has a significant amount of archive material that we are in the process of digitising which will be shown in exhibitions and a publication in 2021. A selection of this material is available here – Handsworth Adventure Playground Archive Images.

Images below courtesy of Dave Swingle.

Children playing on inflatables built by Trinity Arts. Handsworth adventure playground, early 1970s.

Handsworth Adventure Playground, early 1970s.













































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