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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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11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF SPORTS HISTORY IRELAND

CALL FOR PAPERS WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO THE 11TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF SPORTS HISTORY IRELAND, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PICTURESQUE SURROUNDINGS OF MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY, COUNTY KILDARE ON 12 SEPTEMBER 2015. Papers...

Sport and Leisure History Seminar Summer 2015 Programme

  27 April:    Dr Darragh Gannon (University College Dublin) More than a Game: Irish Nationalism and the Gaelic Athletic Association in Great Britain, 1912–22   11 May:     SOVIET...

British Society of Sports History Conference 2015

Organized by the Department of History & Classics, Swansea University 2-4 September 2015 The 2015 BSSH conference takes place at the Singleton Campus of Swansea University in south Wales. It begins at 1pm on Wednesday 2...