Played in Britain
Charting the heritage of a nation at play
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PLAYED IN LONDON - CHARTING THE HERITAGE OF A CITY AT PLAY
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We publish books about Britain's sporting heritage. If you like an old scoreboard, or a mildewed pavilion; if you would like to know where to find the world's oldest bowling green, or the best Art Deco grandstand in London; if you're fed up with homogenised, commercialised sport, and long to dive into a Victorian swimming pool with gorgeous ceramic tiling; if you think potting balls all afternoon in a dimly-lit billiard hall is definitely not time mis-spent; if you have ever wondered why tennis and suburbia go together so well, then Played in Britain is for you...
I love this kind of history... The great value of the books is that they help us to remember, to see more clearly, and hopefully to preserve the many ways in which Britain is a country shaped by sport.
Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph
Played in Britain news feed: reporting on Britain's sporting heritage
Campaign renewed to save outstanding Aberdeen Art Deco pool
July 27 2015
Seven years after it was closed by Aberdeen City Council, the future of the stunning Bon Accord Baths, opened in 1940, is once again in the balance as bids are invited to take the building on. The Bon Accord Heritage Group hopes to raise £10 million to return the baths it its former glory.
• To find out more, visit dctdigital.com
Trent Bridge archives win £10,000 Heritage Lottery grant
July 7 2015
Trent Bridge, the third oldest Test cricket venue in the world, is to have its archives secured and placed into the public domain following the award of a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The archive includes a vast collection of material on Nottinghamshire CCC amassed over the years by the noted historian and archivist Peter Wynne-Thomas.
• To find out more, visit trentbridge.co.uk
Silverstone plans for visitor and archive centre take pole position
July 7 2015
Plans to open a visitor and archive centre at Silverstone race track in time for the 70th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix, in 2018, took a step forward with news that the Heritage Lottery Fund is considering a £9 million grant towards the overall costs of £18.2 million. Silverstone's efforts have been assisted by David Freestone, who has been working on the archive of the British Racing Drivers' Club as part of his Masters degree at De Monfort University.
• For the full story, visit dmu.ac.uk
National Hockey Museum receives boost from International Hockey Federation (FIH)
July 7 2015
Currently based in Woking, The Hockey Museum's efforts to achieve full museum accreditation in the UK has been officially endorsed by the sport's governing body in Antwerp. The FIH has signed an agreement offering help to museum via its Foundation. Commenting on the decision, Katie Dodd said, 'This will have a big impact on the development of THM and on its ability to give hockey’s history a future'.
Visit England launches search for nation's favourite sporting venue
June 13 2015
Visit England, the official government agency for promoting tourism, has launched a new website section promoting England's sporting attractions, and is also asking contributors to send in photographs of their favourite sporting venue or sporting activity, using the hashtag #HomeofSport.
• To find out more, visit englandhomeofsport.com
Historic velodrome makeover gets the green light
June 8 2015
The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust has won planning permission to build a new pavilion and grandstand at their historic cycle track in London, opened in 1891 and used as a venue for the 1948 Olympics. Hopkins Architects have included within their designs the cast iron columns used in the original stand, which has been boarded up for years. More on Herne Hill and other London velodromes can be found in Played in London.
Selected titles from Played in Britain
Uppies and Downies
The extraordinary football games of Britain
By Hugh Hornby
Full of warm nostalgia, but in a serious meaty way, absorbing detail and fascinating social history… the usual Played in Britain trick (is) luring you into their world and making you care as much as they do about something to which you’d barely given a thought before. And… the quality of the photography is superb.
For me, this series of books is invaluable. Previous lack of attention by sports historians to the built environment and the way this reflected or impacted on sport is now being redressed. Long may this excellent work continue.
Richard W Cox (University of Manchester) Sport in History
I love your books... keep this wonderful stuff coming.
Brenda Grace, Pontefract
Hugely impressive and immensely important, Played in Britain (is) rapidly becoming the guardian of the nation's sporting heritage.
A marvellous series - how did we ever do without it?
Brian Salter, East Grinstead
Played in Britain has a reputation for thoroughness and insight... editor Simon Inglis deserves credit for the clarity of his vision.
John Burnett, Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies