‘Bogey’ is a Glasgow name for a go-cart. Bogeys have been made by children for generations, generally out of old wood, pram wheels and rope. Once built, their creators hurtled down hills in them, driving with reckless abandon. There was and there is no blueprint for bogeys: no requirement that they should gain British Standards Institution approval, no risk assessment, no ‘health and safety’ procedures – they were created by their owners out of the materials they could find.

When we are children play is seen as an intrinsic part of our lives, but somehow as we ‘grow up’ we lose the sense that play is natural, and it becomes something that needs to be deemed appropriate to our age. How we play, where we play and who we play with are judged and questioned. Also, in the risk-adverse society that we have become, there are less and less opportunities for children to explore more adventurous play: our concern for their safety overrides their natural tendency to test boundaries. The bogey has been replaced by scooters with Kitemarks and the appropriate safety gear.

Social Inclusion Coordinator, GoMA

ps: The image is from a bogey making workshop last year at Scotland Street School Museum. There are a couple planned for this year so look out for posts advertising them.

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