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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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New undergraduate degree in Sports History and Culture

New for 2014... The International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester, is pleased to be able to announce details for a new undergraduate degree. Sports History and Culture BA...

Sport in History - Books for Review

Contact Neil Carter if you wish to review any of the following for the BSSH journal Sport in History: Allen, Julia Swimming with Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale: Sport, Health and Exercise in 18th century England Cambridge...

Sport and Leisure on the Eve of the First World War

MMU Cheshire, Crewe, UK Friday 27th June/Saturday 28th June 2014  Symposium hosted by MMU Sport and Leisure History Group (SpLeisH) in conjunction with British Society of Sports History (BSSH) North-West  Saturday...