The English Heritage sports project Played in Britain is staging an exhibition and a series of talks around the theme of Played in London at The Gallery in Farringdon throughout May 2012. It starts on 3 May with Simon Inglis, acclaimed author and creator of the Played in Britain series, talking about London’s sporting heritage. Then each Thursday evening, Simon will be in conversation with a range of authors and practitioners. I’m the guest for 10 May, talking about London’s Olympic heritage, with subsequent weeks including Olympic Stadium architect Rod Sheard, swimming pool architect Keith Ashton, swimming pool historian Ian Gordon, and pub games historians Arthur Taylor and Patrick Chaplin. It looks set to be a highly informative, entertaining, and innovative series.
For full details, see the Played in Britain website.
Jackie Spreckley, Project Manager at Played in Britain, Martin, and Simon Inglis, Series Editor of Played in Britain, at the German Gymnasium
On 28 September, English Heritage launched my new book, The British Olympics, the latest title in their highly acclaimed Played in Britain series. The event was held in the spectacular surroundings of the German Gymnasium in St Pancras, site of the gymnastics competition at the 1866 National Olympian Games.
We were welcomed by Roger Madelin of developers Argent, and by John Hudson of English Heritage Publishing. Simon Inglis, series editor of Played in Britain, then chaired a panel discussion. I looked at Britian’s Olympic history, Christiane Swinbank of the German Historical Institute outlined the history of London’s German community, and gymnastics historian Frank Galligan looked at German gymnastics. The talk was followed by a reception and a book signing.
You can see more about the event at Played in Britain‘s site.