The Play! Project Team
Megan - Collections & Public Engagement Officer
As the Collections & Public Engagement Officer for the Play! Project, I’m collaborating with international partners from Zimbabwe to Chile to research the objects related to “play” in the museum's collection. As an avid player of board games, I’m excited to be forging global connections to discover what the museum’s games collection can tell us about the concept of “play” across time and across cultures. Surprisingly my favourite play-related object at the museum isn’t a board game, but a tiny teapot from a set of toy utensils from Japan. Having held lots of tea parties with Sylvanian family characters as a child (and being someone who enjoys tea with my friends today) I love the way this tiny teapot represents the ideas of coming together and shared experiences as a form of Play.
One of Megan's favourite objects in the Museum...
Scarlett - Family Learning & Public Engagement Officer
I’m Scarlett, and I am the Family Learning & Public Engagement Officer for the Play! Project. That means that I’m the person (alongside our amazing team!) organising fun events and trails for you all to do when you visit the Museum. In my childhood, if I wasn’t sitting with my Grandma watching quiz shows on TV, I was in my room playing video games - which in spite of what my parents said, has landed me a job. I think many people underestimate how much you can learn from video games, so many of them are set in different periods of history and it definitely sparked my interest in learning about various cultures and eras. My personal favourite Play! object in the Pitt Rivers is the wonderfully whimsical Noah’s Ark set up on the 1st Floor. What’s interesting is that children still play with toy animal sets today, showing that children’s innate love of animals is something that transcends time and location.
One of Scarlett's favourite objects in the Museum...