Played in Britain

Charting the heritage of a nation 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...

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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

Victorian Lincolnshire spa and pool to be restored

Victorian Lincolnshire spa and pool to be restored

September 15 2014

After 30 years of dereliction, a developer is seeking to put the 'spa' back into the Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa. The village owes its name to the discovery of a natural spring in the 1830s, and saw the subsequent creation of a spa complex, with additions designed by architect CE Davies in 1887. Having lain disused since 1983, the baths and buildings are now to be restored by a developer.

For more on this, see eastlindseytarget.co.uk.

Historic Pools Network to meet in Leeds

Historic Pools Network to meet in Leeds

September 15 2014

Bramley Baths in Leeds, now being run by a community trust, will be the venue for the next meeting of the Historic Pools Network on September 25. The group was set up in 2013 to represent the interests of many of Britain's most important Victorian and Edwardian swimming pools.

More details from here: campaign-archive1.com.

Played in London

Newest title in Played in Britain series launched at London’s oldest sports ground

September 2 2014

It is the biggest, the most ambitious and, at 360 pages, certainly the weightiest book of the Played in Britain series so far. At its launch earlier this week at the Honourable Artillery Company near Moorgate, where sport has been played since at least the 1720s, athletics historian Kevin Kelly joked that he struggled to lift it up, but once he did he couldn't put it down.

Read the full Played in London launch news story…

Britain's oldest swimming pools get go ahead for restoration

Britain's oldest swimming pools get go ahead for restoration

August 12 2014

Tucked away in the backstreets of Bath, the wonderful open air Cleveland Pools are to be restored after years of campaigning. Opened nearly 200 years ago in 1815, with crescent shaped changing rooms alongside the River Avon (as featured in Liquid Assets), the pools are the oldest public swimming facility known in Britain. Funding worth over £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see swimming return to the site for the first time since 1978.

For the full story, see clevelandpools.org.uk and theguardian.com.

London conference highlights importance of oral history

London conference highlights importance of oral history

July 31 2014

This year's Sports Heritage Network conference, to be staged at the British Library on September 14, investigates the role that oral history plays in our understanding and recording of sporting history. Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and National Football Museum curator Kevin Moore are among the speakers. Played in Britain will be there too, running a bookstall, with signed copies of Played in London (out on September 1) on sale.

For booking details and conference programme, visit oralhistoryandsport.wordpress.com.

CAMRA search for historic clubs

CAMRA search for historic clubs

June 19 2014

For over 40 years the Campaign for Real Ale has promoted the cause of historic pubs. Now it is turning its attention to historic clubs - that is Working Men's Clubs, Trades Clubs and the like, several of which have been featured in various Played in Britain titles (such as the 1899 Surbiton Club, left, in Played in London). CAMRA is particularly keen to track down and record examples of well preserved pre-1971 club interiors.

For more details, visit camra.org.uk/clubs, and you can also download the nomination form and leaflet.


Selected titles from Played in Britain

Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book

Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book

Edited by Simon Inglis

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Played in Liverpool

Played in Liverpool

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Ray Physick

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Played in Manchester

Played in Manchester

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Simon Inglis

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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.

The Observer

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.

www.wordofsport.com

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