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Who we are

Welcome to the website for the British Society of Sports History. Our purpose is to promote the study of the history of sport. 

Our work includes activities as diverse as encouragement of research within and beyond academic settings, support for the preservation of the sporting record, collaboration with the museum and heritage sector, promotion of the study of the history of sport in higher and further education as well as by those in secondary school, and engagement with the broader public media.

As part of this promotion, we organise an annual conference and publish the journal Sport in History, as well as work with the broader sports history community to organise and support local and regional activities. Alongside these activities, we are building and supporting networks of post-graduate students and links with other social history groups.

The BSSH has members across the world, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the history of sport to our website and hope the material here is both interesting and useful for you. We are committed to sharing ideas, information and a passion for the study of the history of sport in a wide range of historical settings, and invite you to join us in these efforts.

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Sport in History Article Award for 2013

The articles nominated for best article published in Sport in History in 2013, were, in publication order: Daryl Leeworthy, ‘The Dragons of the North: Working-Class Culture, the Miners’ Lockout, and the Development of...

The Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize 2014

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 BSSH Richard Cox Prize for postgraduate paper has been awarded to Esther Harper, King’s College, London, for her paper ‘Under the Trainer’s Watchful Eye: Training the...


Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Highland Archive Centre, Inverness Draft Programme 12:00 REGISTRATION 12:20 WELCOMEMatthew L. McDowell, University of Edinburgh 12:30 TOUR OF THE HIGHLAND ARCHIVE CENTRE COLLECTIONSAlison Mason,...