Toronto Archives

Archival Exhibit: From Streets to Playgrounds

Archival exhibit: From streets to playgrounds

About the Exhibit:

Featuring archival photographs, video and artifacts, the exhibition paints a vivid picture of the lives of children in impoverished Toronto neighbourhoods such as 'The Ward.' The exhibit reveals rarely seen images and demonstrates how social reformers of the time used photography to help move children from the streets into structured, supervised and purportedly safer playgrounds. Also included are contemporary images meant to raise questions about how our current attitudes towards children and their independence may have changed during the ensuing 100 years.

Produced in partnership with faculty members from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the University of Brighton (UK), the research and production of the exhibition was supported by a grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and exhibition production assistance from the City of Toronto Archives.

Admission: Free

**Please note that as the City of Toronto Archives begins renovations to improve the Atrium the exhibition may be temporarily closed. Once the renovation dates are known they will be updated on this page for the public. We also encourage you to the call the Research Hall before arriving, 416-397-0778.


Exhibition credits: 

Exhibition Research and Production:

Mary Anderson

Adrienne Chambon

Bethany Good

Vid Ingelevics

Ernie Lightman

Julia Winckler

University of Toronto, Ryerson University, University of Brighton, UK 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

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