Sport and Leisure History seminars in London

The new series of Sport and Leisure History Seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) starts on Monday 12 January. This is an excellent series that brings together postgraduates, academics, curators, and freelance historians to look at a wide range of themes in the history of sport and leisure. It’s run by the London branch of the British Society of Sports History South Network. Sessions take place in Room 104 of the IHR in Senate House, starting at 5.15pm. The seminars for this terms are as follows:

12 Jan: Suzanne Lenglen to Serena Williams: An Object-Focused Investigation into the Role of Fashion in Women’s Tennis Dress, Suzanne Rowland (University of Brighton)


Patriotism, Pathos and Pride: Interwar Cinema-going in the Naval Port Town of Portsmouth, Dr Robert James (University of Portsmouth)

‘Young Men with Beards and Young Women in Homespun Cloaks’: London’s Early Art Cinemas and their Audiences, Dr Chris O’Rourke (University College London)

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


Promoting Wellbeing through Leisure: The Case of the Turkish bath in Victorian Britain, Charlotte Jones (University College London)

A ‘Murderer’s Paradise’: Leisure and the Treatment of Criminal Lunatics in Late-Victorian Broadmoor, Dr Jade Shephard (Queen Mary University of London)

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

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

Full details are here. Follow @BSSH South on Twitter.

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