Shirley Baker at Play Well exhibition, Wellcome Trust

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We are delighted to announce that a new exhibition at the Wellcome Trust called Play Well includes three photographs by Shirley Baker. The show explores the theme of play, exploring its significance throughout history, and delves into its importance in human behaviour and development, especially where children are concerned. 

The exhibition includes video games, artworks and live-action role-play.

The theme was always interesting to Shirley – she documented post-war families in Manchester where children had few material possessions and lived in considerable poverty. Yet her images also expressed the joy and creativity of children at play, and the sense of community that bonded people together. Her photos capture a time of huge upheaval in Salford and Manchester and many children played in the ruins of bombed out buildings and building sites as the new world of high-rise council flats sprung up around them.

The Wellcome Collection, 24 October – 8 March 2020. Free.

Girls upside down photo by Shirley Baker
Girls upside down