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Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2014

Each year the British Society of Sports History awards the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize to the best book in sports history on a British topic or by a British author.

At the BSSH Conference held at Leeds Metropolitan University on 5th and 6th September, the Aberdare Prize for 2014 was awarded to:

David Snowdon for ‘Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan’s Boxiana World’, (published by Peter Lang).

The committee consisted of Mike McGuinness (Chair – Teesside University), Dr Jean Williams (De Montfort University) and Dr Alex Jackson (National Football Museum).

There was a small but strong set of publications to choose from and the final shortlist covered a wide area of sport history:

Tony Collins ‘Sport in Capitalist Society’ (published by Routledge)

Fiona Skillen ‘Women, Sport and Modernity in Interwar Britain’ (published by Peter Lang)

David Snowden ‘Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan’s Boxiana World’ (published by Peter Lang)

Robert Winder ‘The Little Wonder. The Remarkable History of Wisden’ (published by Bloomsbury)

The choice was made difficult because of the very strong scholarship being displayed by the shortlisted studies but all had a refreshingly different approach to the field of sport history. They were also academic and original in their subject matter. David Snowden’s work was chosen because of its scholarly nature and it was felt it opened up an area of sport history that had been neglected. There is little comparatively on this period in relation to sport and it also looked at the area of media and sport journalism with Pierce Egan potentially the Godfather of this area. Equally there was a feeling that it represented a move back to the roots of sport. The quality of studies in sport history is rising year on year and it hoped that there will be an even wider choice for next year’s selection.

Mike McGuinness, School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University

 

MMU Sport and Leisure History Symposium, February 2015

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The Symposium is run in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History North West

To be held at the Cheshire campus of Manchester Metropolitan University on the 27th & 28th February 2015.

The event will bring together academics and independent scholars from the field of leisure and sport. The symposium marks the conclusion of the Cheshire Campus International Week and provides the opportunity for visiting academics to present their research as well as extending their UK networks.

Contributions are invited from anyone with an interest in aspects of sport and leisure. Papers for the Friday can cover any sociological, cultural or historical aspects of sport and leisure while proposals for Saturday are requested to have a specifically historical focus.

Abstract submission

Abstracts of 250 words max should be emailed to Dave Day on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 18th December 2014. Please indicate preferred day for presentation if you have one.

The MMU Sports History Group is based within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science on the Cheshire campus in Crewe although it has major links with both the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy as well as the Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research.

   

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network London Branch: Sport and Leisure History Seminars Autumn 2014

 

6 Oct:        Dr Michael John Law (University of Westminster)

‘Bang! A Streak of Flame Came from the Shadows’: The Process of Americanisation in Interwar Popular English Fiction

 

20 Oct:      Dr Kelly Boyd (Institute of Historical Research)

Early British Television: The Allure and Threat of America

 

3 Nov:       POST-WAR BRITISH COMEDY AND CULTURAL CHANGE

Leo Bird (University of Sheffield)

The Fall of the Empires: The Decline of Music Hall and Variety Comedy, 1945–1960

Dr Morgan Daniels (Arcadia University)

‘Childishness’ and the 1960s Satire Boom

 

17 Nov:     FOOTBALL FANDOM AND IDENTITIES IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

Dr Mark Doidge (University of Brighton)

The History of Italy’s Ultras

Nicola Burton (De Montfort University)

Cypriot Football Fans [Title TBC]

 

1 Dec:        Dr Martin Johnes (University of Swansea)

Christmas and the British State since 1914

15 Dec:      Samantha-Jayne Oldfield (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Using Prosopography to Explore Nineteenth-Century Pedestrianism: The Manchester ‘Milers’

The Sport and Leisure History Seminar is organised by the London Branch of the BSSH South Network. The seminars take place in the Olga Crisp Room (102) of the Institute of Historical Research (Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU) at 5:15 PM on Mondays fortnightly.

 

If you would like to find out more about the network, please get in touch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you would like to enquire about giving a paper at the seminar, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also join our network mailing list here: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=SPORT-AND-LEISURE-HISTORY&A=1, and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BSSHSouth.

   

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Lord Aberdare Literary Prize 2014

Each year the British Society of Sports History awards the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize to the best book in sports history on a British topic or by a British author. At the BSSH Conference held at Leeds Metropolitan...

MMU Sport and Leisure History Symposium, February 2015

The Symposium is run in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History North West To be held at the Cheshire campus of Manchester Metropolitan University on the 27th & 28th February 2015. The event will bring...

BSSH South of England Sport and Leisure History Network London Branch: Sport and Leisure History Seminars Autumn 2014

  6 Oct:        Dr Michael John Law (University of Westminster) ‘Bang! A Streak of Flame Came from the Shadows’: The Process of Americanisation in Interwar Popular English...