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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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Sport in History Best Article 2014 Nominations Summaries

Following discussion by Sport in History’s editorial team, the three articles below have been nominated for the British Society of Sports History’s prize of best article published in 2014. The winner will be announced at...

BSSH Scotland Symposium - Histories of Cross-Border Sport in Scotland and England

Call for Papers Histories of Cross-Border Sport in Scotland and England Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries Saturday, 17 October 2015 The British Society of Sports History, Scottish Network, is pleased to invite you to...

BSSH South Winter 2015 Workshop: 'Sport, Leisure and Visual Culture'

Winter 2015 Workshop Sport, Leisure and Visual Culture Venue: University of Chichester Date: Saturday, 5th December 2015  Call for Papers The purpose of this research meeting is to pull together recent thinking...