Essential Information

Type Talks and courses
Date and Times Wednesday 21 July, 6pm - 7pm
Prices Free

The third in the National Maritime Museum's 'How to' webinar series for parents and carers, this webinar will look at the role of play as families and children recover from a disrupted year. 

Over the past year, schooling and extra-curricular activity has been cancelled, playgrounds closed, and children locked down in their homes. The pandemic has drawn attention to the huge discrepancies in access to play and the outdoors between families and as school's look to 'catch up', we ask, what is the role of play and what are the benefits of play?

Bringing together expert speakers, and chaired by the Museum's Families and Young People Manager, we will be discussing how play benefits learning and development in all children and how parents and carers can facilitate play, and in turn, learning, in homes, gardens, public spaces and more. 

There will also be an opportunity to ask the speakers questions. 

Take a look at our previous webinars


Meet the speakers

Jo Graham

Jo Graham is an independent consultant specialising in families and Early Years in museums. Jo taught primary and Early Years children in Bradford before joining the Science Museum, London. She was Head of Interactive Galleries and also Head of Content and Communication for ‘the garden’ the UK’s first permanent gallery for children under 6 at the Museum. Since 2000, Jo has run her own business (Learning Unlimited) and has become well-known for championing museums and galleries as playful places for families and children. Jo was the Early Years consultant for Ahoy at the National Maritime Museum, advising on how to build play possibilities into the gallery from the earliest designs.

Photograph of Jo Graham. Jo is a white woman with blonde, shoulder length hair.
Helen Dodd


Helen Dodd is a Professor of Child Psychology at the University of Exeter. She is an expert in child mental health with a particular interest in links between play and mental health. She currently holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, which funds a program of work examining the relationship between children's adventurous play and mental health. During the pandemic Helen has contributed to the @playfirstUK campaign calling for children's play to be prioritised and for a #SummerOfFun. She has written a number of articles and blogs about the importance of play and has been creating an archive of children's pandemic play.   

A photograph of Helen Dodd. Helen is a white woman with blonde, shoulder-length hair. She wears a red jumper.

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