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Feature The Big Picture

Well played: the joy of outdoor freedom

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6478 (Published 13 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6478
  1. Juliet Dobson, digital content editor
  1. The BMJ

Children play in Manchester in 1969, jumping in and out of burnt-out cars, balancing on a fallen tree, having fun. The image recalls a postwar era when children played freely outside, unrestricted by today’s health and safety concerns.

It was taken by Shirley Baker, a rare female photographer in Britain in the decades after the second world war. She was best known for …

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