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BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Seminar - Spring 2015 programme

12 Jan: Suzanne Rowland (University of Brighton)

Suzanne Lenglen to Serena Williams: An Object-Focused Investigation into the Role of Fashion in Women’s Tennis Dress

26 Jan: URBAN CINEMAGOING IN INTERWAR BRITAIN
Dr Robert James (University of Portsmouth)
Patriotism, Pathos and Pride: Interwar Cinema-going in the Naval Port Town of Portsmouth
Dr Chris O’Rourke (University College London)
‘Young Men with Beards and Young Women in Homespun Cloaks’: London’s Early Art Cinemas and their Audiences

9 Feb: Dr Alex Jackson (National Football Museum)
Producing Public History: How the National Football Museum Created ‘The Greater Game: The History of Football in World War One’

23 Feb: THERAPEUTIC LEISURE IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN
Charlotte Jones (University College London)
Promoting Wellbeing through Leisure: The Case of the Turkish bath in Victorian Britain
Dr Jade Shephard (Queen Mary University of London)
A ‘Murderer’s Paradise’: Leisure and the Treatment of Criminal Lunatics in Late-Victorian Broadmoor

9 Mar: Dr Stanley Arnold (Northern Illinois University)
‘I Saw My Name on the Board’: Race, Gender and the Summer Olympics, 1932–1948

23 Mar: Dr Josephine Kane (University of Westminster)
‘A Fortune in a Thrill!’: Early Amusement Parks in Britain, 1900–1939

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.

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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.

You can now access the programme and the abstracts/bios for the February event at
(see menu buttons on the left under 'symposium').
Online registrations will be available early in the New Year and we would like to see as many of you there as possible. Costs have been kept to a minimum (see below) to encourage people to attend and to network, which is the main aim of the two days.
Registration
Two Days - £25
Single Day - £20
Postgraduates, Retired and Unwaged
Two Days - £20
Single Day - £15
Non UK delegates - free. Registration does not include accommodation.
   

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BSSH South Sport and Leisure History Seminar - Spring 2015 programme

12 Jan: Suzanne Rowland (University of Brighton) Suzanne Lenglen to Serena Williams: An Object-Focused Investigation into the Role of Fashion in Women’s Tennis Dress 26 Jan: URBAN CINEMAGOING IN INTERWAR BRITAINDr...

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...