The conference will be held at St Mary's University (Twickenham) from Thursday 26th August 2021 – Friday 27th August 2021.

This is an open themed conference and submissions based on original research are welcomed from UK and overseas scholars and can relate to any aspect of sport, physical recreation, education and culture, as considered from a historical perspective.


Call for papers

Our call for papers is now closed.



To register, click here.

Please note the registration form may ask for a BSSH membership number. We're working on removing this prompt, but in the meantime, if asked, please just enter 0000 instead. We will cross-reference registered attendees with our membership database.



Our keynotes will be delivered by Dr Richard Mills (University of East Anglia) as the 2019 Lord Aberdare Prize Winner, and Dr Claire Warden (Loughborough University) who will give the Sir Derek Birley Memorial Lecture.



Click here to view the programme.

Click here to download the updated programme as a Word document.


Covid-19 considerations

We are still intending to host the conference in person. Plans are, however, subject to changing guidelines issued by UK / English government. Should we be forced to modify plans we will keep attendees apprised of these modifications. Unfortunately we will not be able to refund your registration fee if you register but ultimately cannot travel for any reason (e.g. illness, need to self-isolate, local lockdowns).