Public history and the British Society of Sports history: opportunities and challenges

Taylor, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9611-3020, Skillen, F. and Roberts, M., 2022. Public history and the British Society of Sports history: opportunities and challenges. Sport in History. ISSN 1746-0263

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This article explores the importance of sports history societies sharing their research with a broader audience. It draws on our own experiences and highlights examples of the work done by other British Society of Sports History members to disseminate their research through ‘traditional’ methods such as films, radio, and exhibitions and digital means, for example, Playing Pasts. However, the paper's aim is not simply self-congratulatory; it also focuses on the need to broadcast sports history to a younger audience, including those studying in further education. In considering how to ensure the survival of sports history as a subject, we, as members of sports history societies, need to engage the next generation of sports historians. This article considers the importance of doing so and the difficulties of this. With universities under increasing pressure and history departments facing significant cuts, ensuring the relevance and importance of our subject has never been more critical. This article makes some suggestions of how to do this and challenges sports history societies to reflect on what else they could do.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sport in History
Creators: Taylor, K., Skillen, F. and Roberts, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 1 August 2022
ISSN: 1746-0263
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Aug 2022 13:22
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 13:22

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