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Allen, Marjory Gill (1897-1976)

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Title

Allen, Marjory Gill (1897-1976)

Subject

Allen, Marjory Gill

Description

A British child welfare activist and landscape architect.

Contributor

Johnson-Flenga, Circe (created stub)

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Bexleyheath, Kent
Europe
Middle East
United States of America

Person Item Type Metadata

Birth Date

1897-05-10

Birthplace

Bexleyhealth,Kent, UK

Death Date

1876-04-11

Occupation

Landscape Arcitect
Child Welfare Activist

Biographical Text

Marjory Gill Allen, or Marjory Allen Lady Allen of Hurtwood was born in Bexleyhealth,Kent on the 10th of May, 1897. She pursued an education at Bedales School, and the University College, Reading. Before becoming the first fellow at the Institute of Landscape Architects in 1930, she became a Secretary for the Worker's Birth Control Group in 1924.
During the Second World War, she continued on her path towards becoming a a child welfare activist by helping displaced or orphaned children as well as working alongside UNICEF and helping children from Europe to the Middle East. Allen was the Chairman of the Nursery School of Great Britain from 1942 till 1948 before becoming the president from 1948 till 1951. During this time, she was also a part of the Central Advisory Council for Education (1945-1949).
Allen was one of the pioneers for playgrounds, and other areas for children. She wrote a pamphlet in 1961 called Design for Play before bringing her playground concept to the United States of America in 1965. Shortly after, she wrote a book by the name of Planning for Play in 1968.
Marjory Gill Allen died in 1976.

 

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