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Scottish sporting heritage event in Stirling

Scottish sporting heritage event in Stirling

January 24 2017

Stirling University is the venue for a day's programme of talks, discussions and film screenings, celebrating Scotland's sporting heritage. Organised by the Sport in Museums Network for February 24, speakers include shinty expert Hugh MacLennan, Richard McBrearty of the Scottish Football Museum and Angela Howe of the British Golf Museum.

More details, visit archives.wordpress.stir.ac.uk

Next Played in Britain book release – Sporting Heritage from the Air

Next Played in Britain book release – Sporting Heritage from the Air

January 24 2017

Played in Britain and Historic England are delighted to announce the next title in the series – a collection of images from the legendary Aerofilms archive, covering the period 1919-1980. Titled England's Sporting Heritage from the Air, the book will be published in 2018 with text written by Simon Inglis. More details to follow later this year.

For more details of other books in this Aerofilms series, visit historicengland.org.uk

From Harlow to K2 Beyond – modern leisure centres celebrated

From Harlow to K2 Beyond – modern leisure centres celebrated

December 14 2016

Britain's recent sporting heritage is the theme of a website launched by the Sports Leisure Legacy. Its aim is to trace the evolution of post war sports and leisure centres, from the pioneering 1959 Harlow Sports Centre, managed by the founding father of recreation management, George Torkildsen (1934-2005), to the K2 Centre in Crawley, designed by S+P Architects and opened in 2005.

For more information, visit sportsleisurelegacy.co.uk

Major setback for Haggerston Pool campaigners

Major setback for Haggerston Pool campaigners

December 8 2016

After sixteen years of raised hopes and broken dreams, the Save Haggerston Pool campaign has suffered yet another setback with the news that none of the three schemes now being considered by Hackney Council includes provision for swimming at the baths, which opened in 1904 but has been mothballed since 2000. This follows a breakdown in negotiations with the last bidder who had intended to restore the Grade II listed pool.

For more on this story, visit savehaggerstonpool.org.uk/the-progress/

Unique 1980s leisure centre in London listed

Unique 1980s leisure centre in London listed

November 3 2016

Years behind schedule and massively over budget, Brixton Recreation Centre was one of Britain's most sophisticated leisure centres when it opened in 1985. But now the six-level centre, with a swimming pool on the first floor and a climbing wall in the atrium, is much loved and well used. In 1996 it made history when Nelson Mandela visited. Two decades later it has been listed Grade II by Historic England.

Visit the Historic ngland website for more on this story and the listing description

World Cup hero honoured at Craven Cottage

World Cup hero honoured at Craven Cottage

October 3 2016

Where once stood a controversial statue of Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage football ground on the banks of the River Thames, Fulham FC have unveiled a rather more meaningful sculpture of former full back, George Cohen, one of the World Cup winning team of 1966. The artist, Douglas Jennings, was also responsible for the statue of Johhny Haynes on the Stevenage Road side of the ground, as featured in Played in London.

To watch a film of the unveiling, visit fulhamfc.com

Heritage Lottery Fund to hold sporting heritage live chat

Heritage Lottery Fund to hold sporting heritage live chat

September 29 2016

To celebrate this year's National Sporting Heritage Day (which is on Friday September 30), on Thursday September 29 the Heritage Lottery Fund is holding a live chat session from 12.30-1.30pm. Experts will be on hand to answer questions relating to HLF funding and offer advice on other aspects of sporting heritage.

For more information, visit hlf.org.uk

Blue plaque for footballer Laurie Cunningham

Blue plaque for footballer Laurie Cunningham

September 22 2016

Laurie Cunningham has become only the second professional footballer (after Bobby Moore) to be commemorated with a blue plaque. The plaque, at his former family home in Stroud Green, north London, honours Cunningham achievement of being the first black footballer to play a competitive match for England and the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid in modern times.

For the full story of the plaque and of English Heritage's new diversity initiative, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Classic 1930s bowling green in Carlisle to be built over

Classic 1930s bowling green in Carlisle to be built over

September 21 2016

A bowling green at one of Carlisle's celebrated State Management Scheme pubs, the Redfern Inn, is to be built over with seven houses, despite efforts to save it. Opened in 1939 and featured in Bowled Over, the Redfern was one of four such Carlisle pubs with greens, only one of which survives, at the Magpie.

For more on the story, visit newsandstar.co.uk
Download an extract on Carlisle's State Management Scheme from Bowled Over, by Hugh Hornby

London sporting buildings on show at Open House Weekend

London sporting buildings on show at Open House Weekend

September 17 2016

This year's Open House weekend is, as usual, a great opportunity to visit some of the capital's most interesting sporting venues, old and new. All featured in Played in London, the list includes the Lee Valley Athletics Centre and QE II Stadium (Enfield), Greenwich Yacht Club (Greenwich). Hurlingham House (Hammersmith & Fulham), Uxbridge Lido (Hillingdon), Ironmonger Row Baths (Islington), Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge (Waltham Forest, illustrated), Tooting Bec Lido (Wandsworth). Royal Automobile Club swimming pool (Westminster).

For more details, visit openhouselondon.org.uk

Campaign to save Memorial Stadium in Bristol

Campaign to save Memorial Stadium in Bristol

September 16 2016

Plans for a new stadium for Bristol Rovers at Stoke Gifford have raised concerns that their existing ground in Horfield, dedicated to the memory of fallen Bristolian rugby players in the First World War, will be built over and lost. The Friends of the Memorial Ground are emphasising that the site, dedicated in 1921, cannot simply be treated as any other piece of real estate.

For the full story, visit bristolpost.co.uk

Launch of Heritage Centre for British Basketball

Launch of Heritage Centre for British Basketball

September 15 2016

Although rarely seen as a mainstream sport in Britain, basketball is about to get its own national heritage centre, based at the University of Worcester, thanks to two basketball historians, John Atkinson and Jenny Collins.

For more on this story, visit sportinhistory.org

Paralympic heritage website launched

Paralympic heritage website launched

September 15 2016

As the Rio Paralympics reach their climax, the recently formed National Paralympic Heritage Trust has launched a website celebrating and recording Britain's extraordinary contribution to the Games, going back to the early days at Stoke Mandeville in 1948.

For more on this story, visit paralympicheritage.org.uk

Blue plaque for Bobby Moore

Blue plaque for Bobby Moore

July 27 2016

The late, great Bobby Moore, captain of England's World Cup winning team in 1966, has been honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque at the house where he grew up on Waverley Gardens in Barking, Essex. He is the first footballer to have had a blue plaque, following on from Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman.

For more on this story, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Bowled Over author on tour - dates for your diary

Bowled Over author on tour - dates for your diary

July 22 2016

Bowled Over author Hugh Hornby will be out and about this summer visiting tournaments and signing copies of his much praised new book on the bowling greens of Britain. You can catch him at Ayr in Scotland, Llay in Wales and Leamington in England over late July and August. For more details see our Events diary.

English Heritage proposes jousting as an Olympic sport

English Heritage proposes jousting as an Olympic sport

July 21 2016

Played in Britain's former partners English Heritage have suggested that the ancient sport of jousting – especially popular in Tudor England – should become part of the summer Olympic programme. Apart from being popular as a spectacle at English Heritage events, jousting is a recognised sport in several US states, while tournaments have been held in a variety of countries, including Belgium and New Zealand.

• For more on the story, visit english-heritage.org.uk and theguardian.com.

Work on Rugby Hall of Fame proceeds

Work on Rugby Hall of Fame proceeds

June 9 2016

Rugby Art Gallery has announced that it is to host a new rugby Hall of Fame, celebrating 120 personalities who have shaped the game. Design work on the exhibition is being carried out by the same team responsible for the National Football Museum in Manchester and is expected to be open to the public in September.

• For more on the story, visit Rugby Borough Council and CLAD News.

New heritage centre and gallery for horseracing nears completion at Newmarket

New heritage centre and gallery for horseracing nears completion at Newmarket

June 9 2016

After years of bursting at the seams at its town centre headquarters, the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket is soon set to re-open at its splendid new headquarters, Palace House, originally built for Charles II, and the adjoining Kings Yard Stables.

• For more on the story, visit the National Horseracing Museum and CLAD News.

1851 Rugby rulebook discovered in depository sells for £13,000

1851 Rugby rulebook discovered in depository sells for £13,000

May 16 2016

Discovered in a depository and belonging to fomer pupil WH Waddington (who later became the Prime Minister of France), a pocket-sized rulebook listing the 'Laws of Football' at Rugby School in 1851 has been sold at auction for £13,000 to a private collector. One rule states that 'All matches are drawn after five days, or after three days if no goal is kicked'.

• For more on the story, visit bbc.co.uk

Paralympic heritage wins lottery funding

Paralympic heritage wins lottery funding

May 12 2016

Britain's sporting heritage has received a boost with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £214,600 to a newly formed National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Based at the world famous Stoke Mandeville Stadium - whose story is told in The British Olympics - the NPHT seeks to bring together personal stories, memorabilia and artefacts from the Paralympic movement, with a view to creating outreach programmes, a heritage centre and a virtual museum.

• For more on the story, visit paralympics.org.uk

Historic Pools campaign group to meet at Lido Bristol

Historic Pools campaign group to meet at Lido Bristol

March 24 2016

Historic Pools of Britain, formed last September by operators and users of pools dating from before the 1970s, are holding their next gathering at the revived Lido Bristol in Clifton, on April 27. The event will include a trip to the disused Cleveland Pools in Bath, Britain's oldest surviving outdoor swimming location, which it is hoped will soon be restored for public use. Both pools are featured in Liquid Assets.

• For details on the event, visit campaign-archive2.com

Victorian swimming baths in Hastings re-opens as skatepark

Victorian swimming baths in Hastings re-opens as skatepark

March 23 2016

After lying derelict since 1997, one of Britain's oldest surviving swimming baths, opened in Hastings in 1878 and featured in Great Lengths has received a £1.7 million makeover to turn it into a BMX and skatepark called Source Park.

• For the Source Park, visit sourcebmx.com
• For the story of how the baths were transformed, visit hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk

Oval gas holder listed

Oval gas holder listed

March 4 2016

Cricket fans around the world will be delighted that the Victorian gas holder by The Oval cricket ground has been listed Grade II thereby securing its future as one of the game’s most iconic structures. Built in 1847 for the Phoenix Gas Works, it was the world’s largest gas holder before being rebuilt in 1879 ahead of the first Test match at The Oval in 1880. For more on the history of The Oval see Played in London.

• For more on the listing, visit historicengland.org.uk

Blue Plaques to footballer Bobby Moore and Laurie Cunningham to be unveiled in London

Blue Plaques to footballer Bobby Moore and Laurie Cunningham to be unveiled in London

February 26 2016

As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniverary of the Blue Plaque scheme, English Heritage is to place plaques on the former homes of Bobby Moore – the first Blue Plaque to be sited in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham – and Laurie Cunningham, in Stroud Green, north London. Both players already have plaques in their honour at their former home grounds, Upton Park and Brisbane Road respectively.

• For more details, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Site of 1848 Cambridge football rules to be commemorated by artwork and website

Site of 1848 Cambridge football rules to be commemorated by artwork and website

February 15 2016

Parker's Piece, the playing field in Cambridge where possibly the earliest written set of football rules in Britain were nailed to a tree in 1848, fifteen years before the formation of the Football Association, is to be commemorated by artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie. Allied to this initiative is a website inviting football lovers to tell their favourite tales of the game.

• For more details, visit cambridgerules1848.com

Borders exhibition celebrates Shrove Tuesday Anglo-French entente

Borders exhibition celebrates Shrove Tuesday Anglo-French entente

February 1 2016

Jedburgh is the location of a unique exhibition celebrating the Shrove Tuesday tradition of Ba' games both in the Borders and in France. Put together by Played in Britain contributor Hugh Hornby, author of Uppies and Downies and photographers Peter Holme and Oliver Got, the exhibition runs from Feb 10-13 to coincide with the week's Ba' games in the area.

• For more details, download the PDF

Plans for rugby museum at historic Edinburgh ground

Plans for rugby museum at historic Edinburgh ground

January 28 2016

Plans have been announced by Scotland's oldest rugby club, Edinburgh Academical Football Club (formed 1857), for the redevelopment of their Raeburn Place ground, to include a museum of rugby. Rugby's first international, Scotland v England, took place there on March 27 1871, watched by a crowd of 4,000.

• For more on this story, visit raeburnplacefoundation.org
• For the history of the Edinburgh Accies, visit edinburghaccies.com

Listed Chester swimming baths re-opened by Duke of Westminster

Listed Chester swimming baths re-opened by Duke of Westminster

January 26 2016

Completed in 1901, Chester's Grade II City Baths have been officially re-opened by the Duke of Westminster following a council-funded refurbishment programme costing nearly £3m. The Tudorbethan building, run since 1977 by the City of Chester Swimming Club, has two pools, named Atlantic and Pacific.

• For more on the story, visit chesterchronicle.co.uk
• For more on the City Baths, see Great Lengths

German Gymnasium re-opens as 'dining and drinking destination'

German Gymnasium re-opens as 'dining and drinking destination'

November 12 2015

Located next to London's St Pancras station, the Grade II listed German Gymnasium, built in 1865 by the city's then large German community as a gymnastic and social centre, has re-opened as a designer bar and restaurant, re-imagined by the architecture and design studio Conran and Partners. The building has featured in two Played in Britain titles; The British Olympics (it hosted events in the National Olympian Games in 1866), and in Played in London, which shows how the structure was originally hidden behind terraced houses.

• For more on this story, visit cladglobal.com
• For the German Gymnasium website, visit germangymnasium.com

Historic England publish major study of Turkish Baths

Historic England publish major study of Turkish Baths

November 10 2015

Although not directly related to sporting heritage, Played in Britain is delighted to herald the publication of the first ever major study of Britain's historic turkish baths, many of which are located within swimming baths featured in Great Lengths. Published by Historic England, the book is the culmination of a lifetime's study by expert Malcolm Shifrin.

For details of the book, visit historicengland.org.uk.

Sporting heritage at risk – 2015 register published

Sporting heritage at risk – 2015 register published

November 4 2015

Once again, swimming pools dominate the sporting and recreation-related category of buildings on Historic England's latest Heritage at Risk Register published in October. Six of the nine deemed to be at risk are Grade II*, indicating that they are particularly important buildings of more than special interest – only 5.5% of listed buildings in England are Grade II*.

However, two sports-related buildings have been removed from the Register – a former swimming pool in Brentford and a pub with a long association with Lord's cricket ground – as they have both been restored.

Read the full story.

Endangered Birmingham baths placed on World Monuments Watch list

Endangered Birmingham baths placed on World Monuments Watch list

October 16 2015

Opened in 1907 and listed Grade II*, Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham, as featured in Great Lengths and Played in Birmingham is one of two buildings in the UK to have been placed on a list of 50 endangered heritage assets by the World Monuments Fund, a conservation charity based in New York. Covering 36 countries, the 2016 list includes an ancient underwater city off the coast of Greece, a cemetery in Chile and an historic hill town in Iraq.

• For details for the list, visit wmf.org
• For more on the story, visit theguardian.com
Download the press release from the Friends of Moseley Baths (PDF)

Nottinghamshire stages sports heritage week

Nottinghamshire stages sports heritage week

September 23 2015

Running from September 26 to October 4, Nottinghamshire County Council is organising a series of events to celebrate the area's rich sporting heritage, including visits to Trent Bridge (with a chance to have your cricket memorabilia valued), Nottingham Races and Mansfield Rugby Club, plus talks on Nottingham Forest and Hucknall Heroes.

• For full details, visit nottinghamshire.gov.uk.

Public invited to see proposals for Haggerston Baths

Public invited to see proposals for Haggerston Baths

September 18 2015

The future of another historic swimming pool in London is up for grabs. Built in 1904, the Grade II listed Haggerston Baths has been empty since 2000. Now, Hackney Council has received various proposals for its future, all of which will be revealed at a public meeting on October 8.

• For full details, download the PDF.

Victorian swimming baths on endangered list

Victorian swimming baths on endangered list

September 17 2015

Built in 1885, Ladywell Baths in Lewisham, London, is one of ten Victorian and Edwardian buildings appearing on this year's Most Endangered Buildings List, nominated by members of the Victorian Society. The Grade II listed baths building, which features in both Great Lengths and Played in London closed for swimming in 1965.

• To see the Victorian Society list, visit victoriansociety.org.uk

Bowled Over – the bowling greens of Britain

Bowled Over – the bowling greens of Britain

September 3 2015

Played in Britain and Historic England are delighted to announce that Bowled Over, the bowling greens of Britain, by Hugh Hornby, is to be published on October 10. A glorious celebration of the heritage of bowling, Bowled Over is the culmination of a ten year study, features over 300 clubs and is packed with photographs, maps and diagrams of the nation’s most historic bowling clubs and greens. Pre-order your copy today. Books will be posted out after October 10.

Campaign renewed to save outstanding Aberdeen Art Deco pool

Archaeological dig at historic Bradford football ground

Sept 1 2015

Unused and overgrown since 1973, the ground of Bradford Park Avenue FC is to be excavated by a team led by archaeologist Jason Wood and artist Neville Gabie (whose earlier excavations in 2013 revealed one of the goalmouths and goalposts). Park Avenue was the site of football ground designer Archibald Leitch's first double decker stand, built in 1907. The site will be open to the public as part of the annual National Heritage Open Days on Sept 11-12.

• For more details, download the PDF

Campaign renewed to save outstanding Aberdeen Art Deco pool

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

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

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)

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'.

• For more on this story, visit dayandnightnews.com
• To read more about The Hockey Museum, visit: hockeymuseum.org

Visit England launches search for nation's favourite sporting venue

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

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.

• For more on this story, visit bikebiz.com
• To view the plans, open this Google Doc

A century of swimwear

A century of swimwear

May 18 2015

A new exhibition celebrating beach fashion from the English seaside to the Cote d'Azur and California opens at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London on May 22 and runs until the end of August. Riviera Style features over 100 years of swimsuits and beachwear with early examples lent by private collectors as well as items held by Leicestershire County Council Museums.

• For more information, visit ftmlondon.org

Hampstead Cricket Club becomes 50th sports club in London to celebrate 150 years

Hampstead Cricket Club becomes 50th sports club in London to celebrate 150 years

May 3 2015

To celebrate reaching their 150th anniversary, Hampstead CC in north west London today unveiled a bronze statue by sculptor Neale Andrew of former player AE Stoddart, who captained England at both cricket and rugby, and in 1886 notched up a record innings of 485, despite having played cards till dawn the night before. According to research conducted as part of Played in London study, Hampstead is the 30th club in London to reach this landmark, and the 50th sports club overall in the capital.

• For more on Hampstead CC's history, visit westhampsteadlife.com

Directory of Historic Sporting Assets in London now available online

Directory of Historic Sporting Assets in London now available online

February 27 2015

To accompany the publication of Played in London, Historic England has now made available a directory drawn up by the Played in Britain team listing all the sports-related buildings and sites in London of historic interest, borough by borough. Complete with photographs, short descriptions, addresses and links to the relevant listing descriptions, the 179 page directory covers all the buildings mentioned in Played in London, plus many others that did not make the final cut, and is available to download as a PDF, free of charge.

Download the London directory from historicengland.org.uk

World's oldest purpose-built motor racing track to receive Heritage Lottery funding

World's oldest purpose-built motor racing track to receive Heritage Lottery funding

February 26 2015

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, is to receive nearly £4.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of project that will see the restoration of a section of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit. Opened in 1907, the track, which staged Britain's first Grand Prix in 1926, originally extended over three miles and in two sections was banked nearly 30 feet high. There has been a museum on the site since 1991.

Read the full story on hlf.org.uk
• Find out more about Brooklands Museum at brooklandsmuseum.com

Olympic pentathlon venue threatened with redevelopment

Olympic pentathlon venue threatened with redevelopment

February 6 2015

Swimmers and Civic Society members in Aldershot are opposing council proposals to infill the town's lido and convert the site into a children's 'splash pad'. Opened in 1930 with an unusual boot-shaped pool, Aldershot Lido, as featured in The British Olympics was the venue for the swimming events in 1948 Olympic modern pentathlon competition, owing to its proximity to other gymnastic and equestrian facilities run by the Army.

Read the full story on gethampshire.co.uk.

Campaign launched to keep historic Brighton velodrome on track

Campaign launched to keep historic Brighton velodrome on track

January 29 2015

Historians differ as to whether the four-sided cycle track at Preston Park, Brighton, is Britain's oldest functioning velodrome. Some claim racing began there in 1887, four years before Herne Hill. (The world's oldest velodrome is Erfurt, Germany, opened 1885). Nevertheless, the future of racing at Preston Park is now in doubt, prompting local riders to start lobbying for much need repairs.

Watch the BBC News report.
• Visit the campaign's Facebook page.
Sign the e-petition.

Athlos track and field resource goes on online

Athlos track and field resource goes on online

January 26 2015

The brainchild of historians Tom McNab and Peter Radford, a new website has been launched in conjunction with the British Library and various athletic bodies allowing readers access to a host of 19th century historical sources, some of which are not even lodged in the British Library. Want to know how a Victorian runner got into shape? Or who holds the record for walking 531 miles? Athlos has all the answers in a resource that will no doubt offer a model to other sports and which looks set to grow as more treasures are discovered.

Visit the Athlos archive.

Historic Pools Network heads to Glasgow

Historic Pools Network heads to Glasgow

January 23 2015

The sumptuous Western Baths in Glasgow will be the venue for the next meeting of the Historic Pools Network, on March 20. In addition to touring behind the scenes of this historic private club, featured in both Great Lengths and Played in Glasgow, the group will also visit Govanhhill Baths in Glasgow.

View details of the meeting.

Gearing up for the real football season

Gearing up for the real football season

January 12 2015

As Shrove Tuesday approaches on February 17, Played in Britain expert Hugh Hornby has been compiling his annual calendar of traditional football games up and down the country. February's action kicks off at St Ives in Cornwall, with five matches on Shrove Tuesday itself, in Sedgefield, Alnwick, Ashbourne, Atherstone and St Columb. Guaranteed no whinging managers, diving primadonnas or inflated ticket prices.

Read the full 2015 schedule (PDF).



Played in London chosen as Londonist Book of the Year

Played in London chosen as Londonist Book of the Year

December 12 2014

Following its shortlisting for William Hill Sports of the Year 2014 last month, Played in London, the latest offering from the Played in Britain series, has been selected by the Londonist website as its London Book of the Year.

• For details, visit londonist.com.

National Football Museum launches First World War exhibition and online archive

National Football Museum launches First World War exhibition and online archive

December 11 2014

To commemorate the outbreak of WW1 the National Football Museum in Manchester has launched The Greater Game, an exhibition highlighting the forgotten stories of players and fans during the conflict. The NFM has also joined with a number of football historians to publish online a comprehensive website featuring details of over 480 players from over 70 clubs known to have died in action, together with a fascinating range of personal tales, among them the story of Charlie Bartrop, an FA Cup winner with Barnsley, killed just days before the Armistice, and Sam Wadsworth, who overcame his war wounds to captain England.

• For details of The Greater Game exhibition, visit nationalfootballmuseum.com.
• The website and database is available at footballandthefirstworldwar.org.

Galleries

War Memorials and Decorative Arts featured in new galleries

November 28 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, Played in Britain has launched a gallery showing war memorials at sports clubs around Britain. It is hoped that more clubs will come forward to submit images so that a more comprehensive record can be established. Also this week Played in Britain launches a second new gallery, featuring representations of sport in the decorative arts.

Visit our new galleries here.

Historic athletics venue in Birmingham gains Grade II* listing

Historic athletics venue in Birmingham gains Grade II* listing

November 7 2014

Just granted Grade II* listing, and lying a short distance from the historic Moseley Road Baths, the Friends Institute in Birmingham, built in 1897, was the venue for the first international indoor athletics meeting between England, Scotland and Ireland in 1900, and was also home to the influential Dolobran Athletic Club, whose 700 members were actively supported by the Cadbury family.

Read more on this story at birminghampost.co.uk
Read the full listing description as published by English Heritage

First ever listing of a British skatepark announced by English Heritage

First ever listing of a British skatepark announced by English Heritage

October 29 2014

Following in-depth proposals submitted by Played in Britain as a result of research carried out for Played in London, English Heritage has announced that the Rom Skatepark in Hornchurch, Essex, is to be become the first skatepark in Britain to be listed. Heralding the Grade II listing, Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis has described this as a major landmark in the recognition of sporting heritage as a vital component of cultural life, and of skateparks as an integral element of modern urban life. The announcement has also been widely welcomed in the world of skateboarding, and follows last month's decision that skateboarding is to continue at the Southbank Centre, also in London.

Download the Rom Skatepart report (PDF)
Read the full listing description of the Rom Skatepark, as published by English Heritage.
• The Guardian: The Rom, Hornchurch, becomes first skatepark in Europe to get listed status
• Mail Online: London skatepark built in 1978 is made a protected heritage site because of its 'cultural importance'
• London Live video and report: Skatepark becomes a Grade II national treasure
• BBC News video report: Rom Skatepark in Essex listed by English Heritage

Played in London

Sporting heritage at risk – 2014 register published

October 28 2014

A 700m stretch of Edwardian motor racing track at Brooklands, a pair of open air swimming pools dating from 1815 and 1938 respectively, a former Temperance Billiard Hall, a rare example of an 18th century racecourse grandstand and eight former or current indoor swimming baths are among a number of sports and recreational-related buildings on the 2014 Heritage at Risk Register, published in October by English Heritage.

Read the full 'Sporting heritage at risk' story.

Played in London

Played in London shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize

October 27 2014

Played in Britain and English Heritage are delighted to announce that the latest book in the series, Played in London, by Simon Inglis, was last week shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2014. The book joins six other titles to be considered for the so-called 'Bookies Prize', which is the world's longest established sports-writing award. The winner, judged by a panel of six writers and broadcasters, will be announced at BAFTA in London on November 27.

For the full shortlist, visit http://www.williamhillmedia.com/.

Victorian Society members place derelict Salford Baths on 2014's top ten most endangered list

Victorian Society members place derelict Salford Baths on 2014's top ten most endangered list

October 27 2014

Opened in 1856 and derelict since 1990, Thomas Worthington's Grade II* Collier Street Baths in Salford – the oldest surviving public baths in Britain – is one of ten buildings chosen by members of the Victorian Society for their annual round-up of the nation's ten most endangered buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian period. All hopes now lie with Salford City Council's Greengate Regeneration Strategy, agreed in April, which could see the baths form part of a new pocket park.

More information:
The full list from the Victorian Society
The latest on the baths' future, from the Manchester Evening News
A full description of the baths extracted from Great Lengths

Played in London

Played in London longlisted for 'the Bookie Prize'

October 1 2014

Played in Britain's latest book Played in London, by Simon Inglis, was yesterday long-listed for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2014. Announced on the same day as National Sporting Heritage day, the long list consists of 15 books published during the last year. The short list will be announced on October 24. An earlier title in the series, Engineering Archie, was the William Hill runner up in 2005.

Visit William Hill for the complete longlist.

September 30 is National Sporting Heritage Day

September 30 is National Sporting Heritage Day

September 24 2014

Tuesday September 30 is to be Britain's first official National Sporting Heritage day, thanks to an initiative by the Sports Heritage Network. A series of events will be taking place around the country in the hope of establishing the event as an annual celebration. Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis will be marking the day with a lecture to postgraduate students at De Montfort University in Leicester.

For more details, visit the National Sporting Heritage Day website.

Britain's sporting heritage collections go online

Britain's sporting heritage collections go online

September 24 2014

Fifteen of the nation's sports museums, together with various other museums holding important sporting collections, have joined together under the auspices of the Sports Heritage Network to create a wonderful new online resource that will be of interest to all Played in Britain readers. Well known collections such as those of the MCC, the British Golf Museum and Wimbledon are already signed up, and more collections are joining every week, with Played in Britain and English Heritage Archives to follow soon.

For more details, visit the National Sports Museum Online.

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.

Campaign to reopen historic east London pool relaunches

Campaign to reopen historic east London pool relaunches

June 3 2014

While over in Stratford the £269 million Aquatics Centre has opened to great acclaim, campaigners in neighbouring Hackney have relaunched their campaign to reopen the Grade II listed Haggerston baths, built in 1904 but closed since February 2000. Designed by AWS Cross, Haggerston baths is featured in two Played in Britain books, Great Lengths and Played in London, on sale from September 1.

For more on this story, see savehaggerstonpool.org.uk

Played in London

Played in London publication date announced

May 16 2014

Played in Britain and English Heritage are delighted to announce that the publication date for the next book in the acclaimed Played in Britain series has now been confirmed. Played in London – charting the heritage of a city at play, written by series editor Simon Inglis, will go on sale on September 1.

For more details, read the full Played in London news story.

Fears for lidos in the southwest

Fears for lidos in the southwest

March 2 2014

Lovers of outdoor swimming fear that the opening of Tinside Lido in Plymouth may have to be delayed this summer after the Grade II listed pool was damaged in recent storms. This follows the severe battering of the Jubilee Pool in Penzance last month, also Grade II, which suffered extensive damage. No doubt the subject will come up at the next meeting of the Historic Pools Network on March 11 at Aston University.

For more on both pools see Liquid Assets and www.lidos.org.uk

For more on the Historic Pools Network see our news article from 2013.

German Gymnasium to become restaurant

German Gymnasium to become restaurant

January 16 2014

Plans have been announced to turn one of Britain's oldest surviving gymnasiums into a restaurant and bar complex. The Grade II* German Gymnasium, which opened in 1865 and was restored as part of the King's Cross Central development in 2005, was funded by London's German community and hosted the indoor events of the first National Olympian Games in 1866. Read more about the building in The British Olympics by Martin Polley.

For more on the story see standard.co.uk.

Home of British boxing listed

Home of British boxing listed

December 2 2013

York Hall, a 1920s baths and laundry complex in Bethnal Green, has been listed Grade II in recognition of the importance of its well preserved interiors and historic association with boxing. The main, first class swimming pool has been boarded over since the late 1940s and is one of the most well loved venues for boxing in the country whilst swimming continues in a pool dating from the 1960s.

For listing details see english-heritage.org.uk.

For more on York Hall, see our book Great Lengths.

Military rackets court listed

Military rackets court listed

November 21 2013

A rackets court at Burgoyne Barracks, Shorncliffe Camp near Folkestone in Kent has been Grade II listed and could form part of the redevelopment of the former army base. The court was built by the Royal Engineers in the late 1860s as the result of a drive to promote fitness in the army. Whilst the building is not the earliest to be built for this purpose, it appears to be one of the best preserved examples of its type in England.

For the listing details, see english-heritage.org.uk

Cantilevered stand

Oldest cantilevered grandstand in Britain listed – but there are two sides to the story

October 21 2013

The oldest reinforced concrete cantilevered grandstand in Britain, opened in Finchley, London, in 1930, has become the latest in a series of buildings to be listed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, following research carried out as part of the Played in London project. In addition to its use of advanced concrete engineering, the stand is also one of the very few double sided stands in existence, serving two different clubs.

For the listing details, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Click here for images of the stand and more on this story.

People diving into a pool

Historic Pools Network launch

October 16 2013

Pool operators and campaigners from around the country met at the Victoria Baths in Manchester last month to launch the Historic Pools Network. The idea behind the network is to raise awareness of the crisis facing many old swimming pools which have been closed or are facing closure and to share information on restoration and fund-raising.

The launch of the network was timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Victoria Baths winning the BBC’s Restoration programme. To mark the occasion, the gala pool was temporarily filled, tempting some of the hardy campaigners to brave the chilly water.

Read the full story.

Plaque unveiled to Newcastle football hero and all round talent Colin Veitch

Plaque unveiled to Newcastle football hero and all round talent Colin Veitch

September 26 2013

A plaque has been unveiled in Heaton, Newcastle, to commemorate one of Newcastle United's finest, Colin Veitch (1881-1938) In addition to his sporting career Veitch was an actor, musician, composer and journalist. He was also a co-founder of the Professional Footballer's Association, who helped fund the plaque with the Heaton History Group, and a lifelong political activist in the north east.

For more on this story see thejournal.co.uk and colinveitch.co.uk

Played in London author Simon Inglis to speak at Lord's

Played in London author Simon Inglis to speak at Lord's

September 23 2013

Played in Britain's editor Simon Inglis, currently also working on the next book in the series, Played in London (due out next year) is among an illlustrious line up at the inaugural London Sports Writing Festival, due to take place at Lord's Cricket Ground from October 17-20. Inglis will talk about research on London's sporting heritage and on progress with the book on Friday October 18.

For details and booking, see londonsportswritingfestival.com

London lido users campaign to retain historic name

London lido users campaign to retain historic name

September 23 2013

Having fought for years to keep their local lido open, swimmers in Charlton, south east London, are now challenging attempts to rebrand it as the Royal Greenwich Lido. Campaigners have told Greenwich Borough Council and the lido operators GLL that dropping the name Charlton Lido is an insult to residents of Charlton and will confuse would-be visitors. The campaign echoes attempts to rebrand Hull City FC as the Hull Tigers.

For more on this story see change.org

Threatened Cinderella Sports Ground finds a white knight

Threatened Cinderella Sports Ground finds a white knight

September 20 2013

A sports ground and pavilion on Broughton Road, Worcester, home to Worcester County Cricket Club from 1878-96, and later used by workers at the Cinderella Shoe Factory, is to be saved by a local College of Technology.

For more on this story see bbc.co.uk and worcesternews.co.uk

Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2013

Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2013

September 3 2013

The Scottish Civic Trust’s annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend in September and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales.

Read our round up of some places you might like to visit.

Open House London 2013

Open House London 2013

September 3 2013

This year's Open House London takes place during the weekend of September 21-22 with a huge choice of buildings and events on offer throughout the capital. Played in Britain has selected venues we think will particularly appeal to those interested in sporting heritage.

Read our round up of some places you might like to visit.

Heritage Open Days 2013

Heritage Open Days 2013

September 3 2013

The annual Heritage Open Days event, organised by the National Trust, Civic Voice and the Heritage Alliance, funded by English Heritage, takes place from September 12-15 and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. Here’s a round up of some places you might like to visit.

Read our round up of some places you might like to visit.

Grave of England's first football captain restored in Paddington Old Cemetery

Grave of England's first football captain restored in Paddington Old Cemetery

August 13 2013

England fans Paul McKay and Michael Southwick were today celebrating the unveiling of a new headstone for the nation's first, but largely forgotten footballing captain, Cuthbert John Ottoway, who died aged 27 in 1878, and whose grave at Paddington Old Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. A gathering at the cemetery heard of Ottaway's remarkable sporting achievements, including his unsurpassed record of winning Oxford Blues in five different sports. Contributions to the restoration were made by the FA, the PFA and one of Ottaway's clubs, the Old Etonians.

For more on this story see the fa.com, The Daily Telegraph, and this tweet from Simon Inglis.

BOA admits that Olympic museum pledge will be broken

BOA admits that Olympic museum pledge will be broken

July 25 2013

As London prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of the 2012 Games, the British Olympic Association has confirmed after months of speculation that there will not be a permanent museum at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Plans for the £10m museum were announced by Sports Minister Hugh Robertson in February 2012.

Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis commented, 'Having become the first city to stage three Olympic Games, this is a huge let down. A museum would have drawn greater numbers to the park, been a marvellous educational resource, and allowed all those who could not get tickets last summer to at least relive some of the action, where it happened. We will regret this, I am certain.'

For more on this story see www.insidethegames.biz.

1948 Olympic torch found in charity shop

Long lost grave found in Birmingham

July 2 2013

As the champions battle it out at Wimbledon, the long lost grave of Harry Gem, the man who co-invented lawn tennis in 1865, has been found in a Birmingham city centre graveyard. The discovery was made by tennis historians Chris & Sue Elks with fellow enthusiast Bob Holland after years of searching. They now hope to raise funds to restore the grave and erect a plaque in Harry Gem's memory.

For more on this story see birminghammail.co.uk and theharrygemproject.co.uk.

1948 Olympic torch found in charity shop

1948 Olympic torch found in charity shop

June 18 2013

An antique dealer from County Durham couldn't believe his luck when he spotted a 1948 Olympic torch on sale for £20 in a charity shop. Now he's set to make a significant profit when the torch goes to auction on June 20.

For more on this story see insidethegames.biz.

Board Matters 2: 1930s concrete diving board at former Croydon lido listed Grade II

Board Matters 2: 1930s concrete diving board at former Croydon lido listed Grade II

May 25 2013

Ever since the Art Deco Purley Way Lido in Croydon closed in 1979 its stylish three-level concrete diving board has formed the eye-catching centrepiece of a garden centre. Now, as a result of the research being carried out for Played in London, this rare survivor has been listed Grade II.

For details of the listing, see list.english-heritage.org.uk

For the story of Purley Way Lido, download this PDF extract from Janet Smith's Liquid Assets

Board Matters 1: Historic diving 'dale' makes way for replica in Glasgow

Board Matters 1: Historic diving 'dale' makes way for replica in Glasgow

May 25 2013

A Victorian cast iron diving board, or 'dale' at the private Western Baths, Glasgow, dating from 1878 and thought to be the only survivor of a type once common, has been retired from duty after 135 years and replaced by an exact replica made by the celebrated ornamental ironwork manufacturers, Walter MacFarlane and Co.

Read the full story at www.thewesternbaths.co.uk

Historic London tennis pavilion listed

Historic London tennis pavilion listed

April 3 2013

A pavilion dating from c.1896 at Beckenham Tennis Club has been listed Grade II after having been proposed by Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis as a rare survivor from the early days of the sport. The building, originally known as the Ladies Pavilion, was built for the increasing number of women joining the club which was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest tennis clubs in the world still at its original location. The pavilion is to be featured in Played in Britain's forthcoming study of the capital's sporting heritage, Played in London.

For details of the listing see English Heritage, and you can also visit Beckenham Tennis Club

Small but exquisitely detailed – Hammersmith squash court listed

Small but exquisitely detailed – Hammersmith squash court listed

March 19 2013

Following a proposal from Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis, a 1930s squash court in the grounds of Latymer Prep School, Hammersmith, London, has been listed Grade II.

Designed by JEM Macgregor for the writer and social activist Naomi Mitchison and her husband, the lawyer and Labour politician Dick Mitchison, the 'small but exquisitely detailed' detached brick structure is now used as a drama studio, but recalls a period when squash was all the rage in fashionable circles. London's squash heritage is one of several topics covered in Inglis's forthcoming book, Played in London, due for publication in Autumn 2013. In the meantime watch out here for news of further listings arising from the Played in London project.

For details of the listing, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Friends group re-opens Edwardian baths in Leeds

Friends group re-opens Edwardian baths in Leeds

January 3 2013

Bramley Baths in Leeds has become the latest historic swimming pool in Britain to be saved by community action. Opened in 1904, the baths have been taken over by the Friends group on a 25 year lease and re-opened with a splash on New Year's Day.

For pictures, visit www.guardian.co.uk
For The Friends of Bramley Baths, visit friendsofbramleybaths.wordpress.com
For the history of Bramley Baths, see Great Lengths

Sporting heritage at risk

Sporting heritage at risk

November 3 2012

A rare example of an 18th century racecourse grandstand, ten former or current public swimming baths, including two outdoor, and two pubs with sporting connections are among a number of sports-related buildings on the 2012 Heritage at Risk Register, recently published by English Heritage.

Read the full story

Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium redevelopment

Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium redevelopment

October 31 2012

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go ahead to the redevelopment of Walthamstow Stadium, despite strong opposition from campaigners and two local MPs – Conservative Iain Duncan Smith and Labour's Stella Creasy. But the campaigners have pledged to fight on.

For more on this story, visit BBC News and Save Our Stow

Croquet shed listed

Croquet shed listed

September 18 2012

The Twentieth Century Society has welcomed the listing of a croquet shed built in the 1950s in the grounds of a house in Northamptonshire. The shed, which has been Grade II listed, was built by the 'progressive classicist' Raymond Erith in the garden of The Pediment, itself listed Grade II in 1988.

For more on this story, visit www.c20society.org.uk
For more on Raymond Erith, visit www.soane.org

Open House London 2012

September 5 2012

This year's Open House London takes place during the weekend of September 22-23. Played in Britain has selected venues that we think may particularly appeal to those interested in sporting heritage.

>>> View our Open House London 2012 recommendations list

Heritage Open Days 2012

Heritage Open Days 2012

September 3 2012

This year's annual Heritage Open Days event organised by a partnership between the National Trust, Civic Voice and The Heritage Alliance, funded by English Heritage, takes place from September 6 - 9 and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers.

>>> View our Heritage Open Days 2012 recommendations list

Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2012

Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2012

September 3 2012

The Scottish Civic Trust's annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend in September and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales.

>>> View our Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2012 recommendations list

Protest stops pool plans

Protest stops pool plans

August 30 2012

North Tyneside Council have shelved plans to develop Tynemouth's outdoor pool after fierce opposition from around 8,000 people responding to a protest on Facebook. Campaigners want the pool restored for swimming, along the lines of the heated seawater pool at Stonehaven near Aberdeen, as featured in Liquid Assets.

For more on this story, visit chroniclelive.co.uk and stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk.

New life for outdoor pool

New life for outdoor pool

August 15 2012

Tynemouth Open Air Pool is to be brought back to life as a venue for cultural and sporting events through a £1 million restoration scheme announced by North Tyneside Council. The pool, which opened in 1925, has become derelict since its closure in the early 1990s. The pool's potential for imaginative re-use was recognised two years ago by Lynn Pearson in her study of the sporting heritage of the area, Played in Tyne and Wear.

For more on this story, visit chroniclelive.co.uk

Blue plaque for Chariots of Fire athletics coach unveiled in London

Blue plaque for Chariots of Fire athletics coach unveiled in London

August 2 2012

To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, English Heritage has unveiled another blue plaque to commemorate a sporting giant, this time the pioneering athletics coach Sam Mussabini, at his former house which backs on to the Herne Hill velodrome. It was at Herne Hill that Mussabini coached Olympic gold medallist Harold Abrahams (who also has a blue plaque in Golders Green).

For the full story, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk and also find out more on the Blue Plaque scheme

Mystery Edwardian sportsmen put on parade in Scotland

Mystery Edwardian sportsmen put on parade in Scotland

August 1 2012

The National Library of Scotland is appealing for information concerning the identity of various sportsmen and locations depicted in a collection of Edwardian postcards published by Marshall Wane of Edinburgh. Among them are rare action shots from the famous Powerdhall running grounds.

To see all the cards, visit: digital.nls.uk

Historic racecourses to close in Hereford and Folkestone

Historic racecourses to close in Hereford and Folkestone

July 28 2012

Hereford Racecourse, where racing has taken place since 1771, is to close at the end of the season, and there are also doubts about the future of Folkestone, which lies besides the Grade I listed Westenhanger Castle and where racing began in 1898.

For the full story, visit: www.telegraph.co.uk

National Football Museum opens with original FA rules and Leitch barrier

National Football Museum opens with original FA rules and Leitch barrier

July 11 2012

The original 1863 minute books and rules of the Football Association are among thousands of historic artefacts now on display at the National Football Museum, re-opened last week at its dazzling new headquarters in Manchester. Played in Britain has played a small role by supplying material on the Scottish ground designer Archibald Leitch and acting as an intermediary in the salvage of a Leitch patented crush barrier from Chesterfield's Saltergate, which now forms part of the exhibits. Photographer Stuart Clarke's acclaimed Homes of Football images form another major part of the new museum. Highly recommended and entry is free.

For more information, visit: www.nationalfootballmuseum.com

Major London auction of Olympic memorabilia

Major London auction of Olympic memorabilia

July 10 2012

Played in Britain readers may be interested to learn of an upcoming London auction of Olympic memorablila, extending from the 1890s to the present day, and including many of the artefacts and objets that we feature in Martin Polley's current book, The British Olympics. Rarely has such a treasure trove of Olympiana been gathered in London.

For more details and to download a fully illustrated catalogue, visit www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk.

Played in London exhibition moves to The Building Centre for summer

Played in London exhibition moves to The Building Centre for summer

July 5 2012

Following its month-long run at The Gallery in Farringdon, extracts from our Played in London exhibition are now on public display at The Building Centre, off Tottenham Court Road, until September 8. The exhibition features snippets from our next book, Played in London, the publication of which is now scheduled for the Spring of 2013.

For details of the exhibition, visit www.buildingcentre.co.uk

English Heritage blue plaque unveiled to Fred Perry

English Heritage blue plaque unveiled to Fred Perry

June 20 2012

A blue plaque has been unveiled today by John Perry, the grandson of the legendary tennis champion Fred Perry (1909-1995), at the house in Pitshangar Lane, Ealing, where the young Fred moved to as a 10 year old. He remained there until 1935, by which time he had won his second Wimbledon title. Speaking at the unveiling, tennis commentator recalled how Perry first took up table tennis and practised on the kitchen table.

For the full story, visit BBC News.

English Heritage's Conservation Bulletin focuses on sport

English Heritage's Conservation Bulletin focuses on sport

June 14 2012

To coincide with London's staging of the 2012 Olympics, English Heritage has dedicated the latest issue of its Conservation Bulletin (No. 68) to sport. Included are contributions from Played in Britain authors Simon Inglis, Lynn Pearson and Hugh Hornby, plus features on Anfield, Highbury Stadium, Newmarket, Victoria Baths, Cleveland Pool, post war sports centres. golf and playing fields.

For a free copy, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.

Rugby League heritage project gains funding

Rugby League heritage project gains funding

June 2 2012

A project to celebrate Huddersfield's role in the birth and development of Rugby League has received £100,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is looking for volunteers to assist with gathering material.

For more information, visit www.hlf.org.uk.

Twitter

Simon Inglis now on Twitter

May 11 2012

Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis is now on Twitter as @The_SimonInglis and will be keeping followers informed of any new developments with the series and events, including the current Played in London exhibition at The Gallery in London.

Visit Simon on Twitter.

Plaque unveiled at south London family home of 'Our 'Enry'

Plaque unveiled at south London family home of 'Our 'Enry'

May 1 2012

A plaque marking the childhood home of heavyweight boxing favourite Sir Henry Cooper (1934-2011) has been unveiled by Lewisham Borough Council as part of its maroon plaque scheme for notable local residents.

For the full story, visit: thisislocallondon.co.uk

Pioneering Scottish sporting memories project rolled out nationwide

Pioneering Scottish sporting memories project rolled out nationwide

April 27 2012

Following on from its groundbreaking work using sporting memories to assist with the care of Alzheimer sufferers in Glasgow, the Sporting Memories Network has announced a new programme of support initatives across Britain - yet another example of the practical and social value of sporting heritage.

For more information, visit: www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com

Sporting Statues Project launches website

Sporting Statues Project launches website

March 22 2012

Academics from Sheffield have today launched a website dedicated to Britain's growing number of sports-related statues – over a hundred so far - several of which are featured in Played in Britain books and on our gallery. The oldest dates from 1930 and depicts a motorcyclist, but the majority date from the last decade. A fascinating resource.

For the news story, visit BBC News
For the Statues website, visit: http://www.sportingstatues.com

Government minister backs return of greyhound racing to the Stow

Government minister backs return of greyhound racing to the Stow

February 29 2012

Campaigners hoping to re-open Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium have been given a boost by Cabinet member and MP for Chingford, Iain Duncan Smith. The 'Stow' closed in August 2008 and was sold to a housing developer. Also this week English Heritage stated their opposition to the developers' latest plans.

For the news story, see thisislondon.co.uk, and you can also visit Save our Stow.

Olympic Museum proposals finally confirmed

Olympic Museum proposals finally confirmed

February 28 2012

After years of speculation amongst sports historians, the British Olympic Association has announced that there will, after all, be an Olympic museum within the Queen Olympic Elizabeth Park. The museum – one of Martin Polley's recommendation in his recent book, The British Olympics – is expected to open in 2014.

Read more: teamgb.com

London's Olympic Games

London's Olympic Games

January 16 2012

Martin Polley, author of The British Olympics, will be outlining the history of London's Olympic Games and Britain's rich Olympic heritage dating back to 1612 in a lecture for the London Parks and Gardens Trust at the Garden Museum in Lambeth on February 13.

Visit londongardenstrust.org for more information and tickets.

Football League founder honoured on centenary of his death

Football League founder honoured on centenary of his death

December 22 2011

Representatives from the twelve founder members clubs gathered in Birmingham on Tuesday December 20 to celebrate the restoration of the grave of William McGregor, the founder of the Football League, following a fund raising campaign by the Aston Villa Supporters Trust.

Read more about William McGregor here.

Edwardian tennis pavilion in Scarborough listed but derelict centre court stands set to go

Edwardian tennis pavilion in Scarborough listed but derelict centre court stands set to go

December 5 2011

Originally home to the Yorkshire Tennis Club, a 1912 pavilion designed by Sir Edwin Cooper has been listed Grade II by English Heritage. But the site's former centre court, with its three sides of covered stands where the likes of Fred Perry and Rod Laver played, appears likely to be built over by housing.

For the news story see here, visit www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk, and for the listing description, visit english-heritage.org.uk

Carnegie Leisure Centre to reopen this month

Carnegie Leisure Centre to reopen this month

November 11 2011

The swimming pools and spectacular Edwardian tile work in Dunfermline's Carnegie Leisure Centre will once again be revealed on November 26 when the facility is re-opened after an £18 million refurbishment programme. As featured in Great Lengths, the building originally opened in 1905 with two further pools added in 1984.

Find out more information about the refurbishment and view a preview gallery (both external sites).

ld Wembley Stadium's timber gates up for sale

Old Wembley Stadium's timber gates up for sale

November 1 2011

Some footballers considered them the gateway to heaven, some to hell. But now the massive 16' square timber gates that for 77 years formed the teams' entrance to the old Wembley Stadium are up for sale at Graham Budd's sporting auction in London.

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk.

Launching the British Olympics with a German twist

Launching the British Olympics with a German twist

October 5 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago the German Gymnastic Society (or Deutsche Turnverein), was formed in London by members of what was then the largest single community of immigrants living in the capital. But what did this have to do with the launch of a new Played in Britain book and the history of the Olympic Games?

Read the full story.

Pigeon

Racing pigeon archive planned in Birmingham

September 26 2011

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the West Midlands, pigeon fanciers in Birmingham are being encouraged to contribute towards Project Pigeon, an archive recording the practices and experiences of this once hugely popular working class pastime.

Read more about Project Pigeon.

Swimming pool

Doors Open Scotland and Open Door Wales 2011

September 3 2011

The Scottish Civic Trust's annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend in September and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales. We've compiled a round up of some places you might like to visit.

View our recommendations list.

Greyhound track

English Heritage's annual Heritage Open Days recommendations 2011

September 3 2011

English Heritage's annual Heritage Open Days event takes place from September 8-11 and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. We've compiled a round up of some places you might like to visit.

View our recommendations list.

Trust launches appeal to renovate grave of Football League founder

Trust launches appeal to renovate grave of Football League founder

August 29 2011

Following the unveiling of a statue of the founder of the Football League, William McGregor, at Villa Park in Birmingham (see previous story here), a fund raising campaign has been launched to renovate McGregor's grave at St Mary's, Handsworth Wood, in Birmingham.

Read the full story.

Open House London

Open House London – Played in Britain recommends

August 29 2011

This year's Open House London takes place during the weekend of September 17-18 with a huge choice of buildings and events on offer throughout the capital. Played in Britain has selected venues we think will particularly appeal to those interested in sporting heritage. As an addition to Open House London, there will be bus tours of the London 2012 Olympic Park on September 10-11. Pre-book only on 0300 2012 550.

View our full recommendation list.

Roman amphitheatre and stadium discovered under Yorkshire hilltop

Roman amphitheatre and stadium discovered under Yorkshire hilltop

August 18 2011

After two years of surveying and centuries of speculation, archaeologists from Cambridge University have finally confirmed the existence of a Roman amphitheatre and an adjoining stadium lying under an area known as Studforth Hill, in the Yorkshire village of Aldborough. This brings to ten the number of confirmed amphitheatre remains in England, of which the best known are at Cirencester, Chester, Chichester, Dorchester, the Guildhall in London and Silchester.

Read more on Aldborough discovery at guardian.co.uk and more about the Aldborough Roman site at english-heritage.org.uk.

Local authority cuts threaten Edwardian baths in Yorkshire

Local authority cuts threaten Edwardian baths in Yorkshire

July 28 2011

As local councils all over Britain struggle to preserve leisure services, news has come in of the closure of the Grade II listed Manningham Baths in Bradford (opened in 1904) and the formation of a Manningham Baths Action Committee. Meanwhile, in nearby Leeds campaigners are discussing plans to take over Bramley Baths (also 1904 and Grade II) from local authority control. Both baths are featured in our study of historic pools, Great Lengths.

Read more on Manningham Baths closure on BBC News.
Read more on Bramley here at yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

New book

Played in Britain’s British Olympic study set for October

July 18 2011

Played in Britain is delighted to announce that its next title, The British Olympics - Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012, by Martin Polley, will be on sale from October, price £17.99. Watch this space for further details. In the meantime, you can hear Martin's own thoughts by downloading his podcast. Martin is also a contributor to a forthcoming BBC4 documentary on the 1908 Olympics.

Kelso grandstand becomes Scotland's first Category A sports building

Kelso grandstand becomes Scotland’s first Category A sports building

July 18 2011

Acting on a tip from Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis, Historic Scotland has awarded the highest possible grading to an early 19th century grandstand at Kelso Racecourse in the Scottish Borders. Constructed in 1822 to designs drawn up by the renowned architect, John Carr, the grandstand has been described as "the finest example of its building type in Scotland" and as a "particularly rare and important survival in a wider UK context".

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Sheffield FC put early set of football rules up for auction

Sheffield FC put early set of football rules up for auction

May 3 2011

Formed in 1857 and regarded by many historians as the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC are hoping to raise over £1m by putting up for auction a set of handwritten rules of the game dating from 1858, five years earlier than those established by the Football Association in 1863.

Read more at ft.com

Sporting heritage in Tyne & Wear

Sporting heritage in Tyne & Wear

April 28 2011

A programme of events to delight fans of sporting heritage is running until September in the north east. Highlights include an exhibition of rare Newcastle United memorabilia at Discovery Museum and talks by Played in Britain authors Martin Polley on Olympic history in Morpeth as featured in his new book The British Olympics, due out in September; Lynn Pearson on her book Played in Tyne and Wear and Simon Inglis on the Played in Britain series.

More details at twmuseums.org.uk

Winning Endeavours website

Winning Endeavours website

April 8 2011

A new website telling the story of London's sportsmen and women and their achievements during the 20th century, including the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games, has been launched. Winning Endeavours is a partnership project between the London Metropolitan Archives, Archives for London and the British Library and includes material from local libraries across London.

Visit the site at winningendeavours.org

Saltdean Lido gains Grade II* listing

Saltdean Lido gains Grade II* listing

April 8 2011

Campaigners in Brighton are overjoyed that their application for Saltdean Lido to be upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* has been approved by English Heritage, making it the first Grade II* lido in the country. The lido, featured in Liquid Assets, opened in 1938.

Read more at saltdeanlidocampaign.org

Pioneer of lawn tennis celebrated in new website

Pioneer of lawn tennis celebrated in new website

April 8 2011

Coinciding with an art exhibition on lawn tennis at the Barber Institute in Birmingham, a website has been launched to celebrate the amazing life of Harry Gem, widely credited for inventing lawn tennis, in Edgbaston during the 1850s, with his friend JBA Perera. The Harry Gem project also hopes to raise £1,000 to conserve Gem's scrapbook, which includes copies of the first printed rules of the world's first lawn tennis club set up in Leamington by Gem and Perera.

Find out more at theharrygemproject.co.uk

Woolton campaign group seeks to have threatened 1893 baths listed

Woolton campaign group seeks to have threatened 1893 baths listed

March 20 2011

Another threatened Victorian swimming pool - another campaign group set up. This time it is the 1893 Woolton Baths in Liverpool, whose closure in October led to petition organised by a nine year old swimmer which has so far gathered 2,000 signatures and the backing of Brookside actor Simon O'Brien.

Find out more at wooltonswimming.btik.com

Played in Britain brings world's oldest rugby caps head to head

Played in Britain brings world's oldest rugby caps head to head

March 13 2011

As England prepared to play Scotland at Twickenham today, behind the scenes in the stadium museum two caps from the nation's first ever encounter were brought together for the first time in 140 years, following a suggestion by Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis. It was while researching Played in Glasgow that Inglis came across JW Arthur's Scottish cap at Anniesland, home of the Glasgow Academicals, and wondered if any other caps from that 1871 match survived. Only one did, that of Arthur Guillemard of England. And now thanks to the Accies and the World Rugby Museum they will be on display together for the next twelve months.

Read the story at glasgowhawks.com

Cumbrian racecourse revealed by English Heritage airborne laser scanning

Cumbrian racecourse revealed by English Heritage airborne laser scanning

January 17 2011

The site of a long forgotten 18th century racecourse on Alston Common, Cumbria, has been rediscovered by English Heritage researchers employing advanced techniques to analyse aerial photography. It is thought an influx of workers at local lead mines might have led to the course being laid out in what is otherwise a rural area.

For the full story download English Heritage's Research News Issue 15

Gates listed at Memorial Stadium in Bristol

Gates listed at Memorial Stadium in Bristol

January 4 2011

The Memorial Stadium in Bristol, home of both Bristol Rovers FC and Bristol Rugby Club, has become only the second ground in senior English football to have one of its structures listed, following the decision last month to grant a Grade II listing to a gateway erected in memory to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Read the full story

Sunderland honours founder of FA Cup

Sunderland honours founder of FA Cup

November 25 2010

A plaque commemorating the man who founded the FA Cup, Charles William Alcock, has been unveiled at the house in Norfolk Street, Sunderland, where he was born in 1842. Alcock based the Cup format on the Cock House championship at Harrow School, where he was sent by his shipowning father at the age of 13. Alcock went on to set up the Wanderers FC before becoming secretary of the FA, president of Surrey Cricket Club, chairman of the Richmond Athletic Association and vice-president of Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club.

Read the story at sunderlandecho.com

Folklore Society honour Played at the Pub

Folklore Society honour Played at the Pub

November 16 2010

Played in Britain and English Heritage are celebrating the second prize to be awarded to Arthur Taylor for his book Played at the Pub. Following on from his award last December as Coors Brewers' National Journalist of the Year, Arthur has this month won the prestigious 2010 Katherine Briggs Award, presented by the Folklore Society.

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Played in Britain puts 'Sport' back into British Library

Played in Britain puts 'Sport' back into British Library

October 28 2010

Thanks to Played in Britain and a solicitor from Southport a surprising gap in the nation's archives has at last been filled following the donation of a large collection of Sport weekly magazines to the British Library. For years researchers have noted that the newspaper library at Colindale does not contain issues of this once popular weekly magazine, which ran from c.1938 to 1956. Now, to the delight of sports historians, that gap has at least been partially plugged.

Read the full story

Glasgow author leads guided walks of city's sporting heritage

Glasgow author leads guided walks of city's sporting heritage

October 27 2010

Ged O'Brien, author of Played in Glasgow is to lead two walking tours of Glasgow: on November 13 taking in the East End and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and on November 20 following the roots of modern bowls and football on the South Side. Both walks are free, but places are limited. For more details, download the PDF.

Irish Sporting Heritage database goes online

Irish Sporting Heritage database goes online

October 26 2010

Partly inspired by the Played in Britain series and the work of English Heritage, an illustrated inventory detailing Ireland's built sporting heritage, existing and historical, over the last 150 years, is now available to view online. Hosted by Boston College, Dublin, the database will be of interest to all Played in Britain regulars.

For details of the project, visit irishsportingheritage.com
For a news report, visit sportsnewsireland.com

Cyclists gear up for campaign to save 1948 Olympic velodrome

Cyclists gear up for campaign to save 1948 Olympic velodrome

September 27 2010

An alliance of residents and cyclists has been formed to save the historic Herne Hill Velodrome in south London, the oldest operational cycle track in Britain and one of the last surviving venues from the 1948 Olympics. Due to deterioration and a lack of funding it now faces closure. Download a PDF with further information on the campaign and a meeting to be held on October 6 in Dulwich.

Swimmers celebrate reopening of Soho’s Marshall Street Baths after thirteen years of closure

Swimmers celebrate reopening of Soho's Marshall Street Baths

September 24 2010

After thirteen years of campaigning, consultation and reconstruction, one of central London's most celebrated public swimming baths has been triumphantly reopened by the Lord Mayor of Westminster. Sue Hudson from the Friends of Marshall Street Baths paid tribute to all parties involved in the £11m redevelopment and hoped that other pool campaigners around Britain would gain encouragement from their efforts.

Read the full story

Played in Tyne and Wear

Played in Tyne and Wear launch

September 10 2010

Author Lynn Pearson and series editor Simon Inglis enthralled guests with the findings unearthed during research for Played in Tyne and Wear, the latest in the Played in Britain series, at Newcastle Cricket Club in Jesmond on September 9. For more information see the Played in Tyne and Wear page.

Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales

September 8 2010

The Scottish Civic Trust's annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend until September 26th and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales. Here's a round up of some places you might like to visit.

For full details on all venues see www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Open House London - Played in Britain recommends

Open House London - Played in Britain recommends

September 2 2010

This year's Open House London takes place during the weekend of September 18-19 with a choice of well over 700 buildings and events to visit throughout the capital. Played in Britain has selected those venues we think will particularly appeal to those interested in sporting heritage, including the newly restored Grade II listed Marshall Street Baths in Soho.

Some venues must be booked in advance. For full details on all venues see: www.londonopenhouse.org.

Heritage Open Days - from a sporting perspective

Heritage Open Days - from a sporting perspective

September 2 2010

English Heritage's annual Heritage Open Days event takes place from September 9th-12th and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. Here's a round up of some places you might like to visit.

Please note that some venues require advance booking and are open for only part of the four day HODS event.

Kentish Town Sports Centre re-opens after £25m restoration

Kentish Town Sports Centre re-opens after £25m restoration

July 26 2010

One of London's finest and most cherished historic swimming pools, the former St. Pancras Baths (known since 1993 as Kentish Town Sports Centre) re-opens on Monday, July 26 following an ambitious £25.3m restoration programme, easily the largest sum ever spent on the rebuilding of a British public swimming pool complex.

Read the full story.

Swimming costume collection

Swimming costume collection

July 26 2010

An extensive collection of over 500 swimming costumes donated by a Lincolnshire woman forms the centrepiece of Life's a Beach, a new exhibition opening at Southend Museum on August 7. The exhibits include replica costumes from the early 19th century up to 1900 and then an example from every year until the late 1980s.

For more information on Life's a Beach visit southendmuseums.co.uk.

British Sporting Heroes exhibition

British Sporting Heroes exhibition

July 26 2010

Worcester Cathedral is getting into the spirit of the Olympics with a new exhibition, British Sporting Heroes, which runs from August 7 - 30. The exhibition will feature up to 60 sports personalities, past and present, and celebrate nine major sports with sporting memorabilia loaned by museums and private collectors, demonstrations and talks.

For more information on British Sporting Heroes visit sportingheroes.org.uk.

5m Investment Secures Future of Historic Birmingham Sports Complex

£5m Investment Secures Future of Historic Birmingham Sports Complex

July 15 2010

Swimmers and conservation groups in Birmingham are celebrating the announcement that Birmingham's oldest swimming pool, the Grade II listed Woodcock Street Baths, built in 1902, is to be retained by its owners, the University of Aston, as part of a £5 million refurbishment of the sports centre. The announcement is all the more timely given that next month marks the 150th anniversary of the first pool to have been built on the site.

Read the full story

Swing Away - MCC Museum celebrates the 'special relationship'

Swing Away - MCC Museum celebrates the 'special relationship'

June 10 2010

Despite what many Americans have been led to believe, baseball has strong roots in Britain, and shares many similarities with cricket (even moreso since the advent of 20-20). But only now, for the first time, has the MCC Museum at Lord's combined with its US counterpart at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the CC Morris Cricket Library and Collection from Philadelphia, to create a fascinating exhibition at Lord's exploring the two sports' special relationship. Our favourite exhibit was this jersey from the Hull Aces in the 1960s.

For more details of the Swinging Away exhibition, visit www.lords.org.

Revised White Hart Lane plans welcomed by conservationists

Revised White Hart Lane plans welcomed by conservationists

May 20 2010

Football fans, English Heritage, local conservationists, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Played in Britain have this week welcomed revised plans submitted by Tottenham Hotspur for the redevelopment of White Hart Lane, following heated criticisms that the original plans, submitted last October, entailed the demolition of important historic buildings and the loss of a key streetscape on Tottenham High Road. In particular the revised plans have recognised campaigners' demand to save the famous Red House at 748 High Road and adapt its upper levels as a club museum.

View the revised plans, and visit savetheredhouse.synthasite.com for more on the Save the Red House Campaign.

Leitch barriers from Saltergate destined for museums

Leitch barriers from Saltergate destined for museums

May 20 2010

They were once so ubiquitous at British sports grounds as to be almost invisible, but now, thanks to Played in Britain, two of the last known patented Leitch crush barriers in the country are to be preserved by the National Football Museum in Preston and the Scottish Football Museum in Glasgow. Both barriers are being donated to the museums by Chesterfield Football Club following the last ever match at Saltergate on May 9.

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Redevelopment plans for Saltdean Lido meet stiff opposition on South Coast

Redevelopment plans for Saltdean Lido meet stiff opposition on South Coast

March 19 2010

Controversial plans to build 100 flats on the site of the classic Art Deco, Grade II listed Saltdean Lido, and to fill in the open air swimming pool, have led to swimmers and local residents rallying in opposition. Opened in 1938 just outside Brighton, Saltdean is one of the most distinctive lidos to have survived from the 1930s, but after a succession of poor summers has been operating at a loss. For more details of the newly formed campaign group, visit the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign website.

Our Sporting Life exhibition launched at Henley

Our Sporting Life exhibition launched at Henley

March 18 2010

Britain's museums have collaborated in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games to launch of a series of exhibitions called Our Sporting Life, showcasing sporting heritage both nationally and at a local level. The first exhibition can be visited at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, and runs until July 11. For more details, visit www.culture24.org.uk.

Our Sporting Life website

Three inter-war sports related buildings listed by English Heritage and Historic Scotland

Three inter-war sports related buildings listed by English Heritage and Historic Scotland

March 10 2010

Three sports and recreation-related buildings from the 1920s and 1930s in England and Scotland have been listed in recent months. They are an inter-war thatched cricket pavilion at Ashton Wold in Northamptonshire, an open air swimming pool at Ilkley in Yorkshire and a former municipal baths on Bruce Street in Clydebank.

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Played in Glasgow launches at Aye Write festival

Played in Glasgow launches at Aye Write festival

March 5 2010

To celebrate the launch of our latest book, Played in Glasgow, author Ged O'Brien and series editor Simon Inglis will be talking about their research at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, as part of the Aye Write Festival, on Friday March 12 at 6.00pm. Please note, the book will go on sale from this website on Monday, March 15, price £14.99. For more information, download the PDF.

Book your ticket now

Played in Birmingham National Trust Lecture

Played in Birmingham National Trust Lecture

March 4 2010

Authors Simon Inglis and Steve Beauchampe will be delivering an illustrated lecture on sporting heritage in Birmingham on Tuesday, March 23 at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, as part of the annual Birmingham Lecture Series, organised by the National Trust, the University of Birmingham and the Barber Institute. Tickets cost £7.50 (lecture only) or £15.00 (lecture and buffet) and can be purchased via 0121 414 7333. For more information, download the PDF.

Urgent appeal to save unique Roman racetrack

Urgent appeal to save unique Roman racetrack

February 8 2010

Campaigners in Colchester have until the end of the month to raise £200,000 and save the only chariot racetrack in Britain. The track, or circus, was discovered by chance on former Ministry of Defence land but could be lost to housing.

www.guardian.co.uk

www.romancircus.org

New website showcases Suffolk's Olympic heritage

New website showcases Suffolk's Olympic heritage

February 7 2010

A new online archive of Suffolk's Olympic and Paralympic successes, including swimmer Karen Pickering, has been launched in a bid to showcase the county's sporting heritage.

www.suffolklapofhonour.org.uk

Olympian John Hulley celebrated

Olympian John Hulley celebrated

January 4 2010

A new website about John Hulley, one of the forgotten heroes of the modern Olympian movement, has been launched. Hulley, whose story is told in Played in Liverpool, was one of the founders of the National Olympian Association at his Liverpool Gymnasium in 1865.

johnhulley-olympics.co.uk

Taylor scoops national award for Played at the Pub

Taylor scoops national award for Played at the Pub

December 5 2009

Arthur Taylor has been voted Coors National Journalist of the Year 2009 by the British Guild of Beer Writers for his book in the Played in Britain series, Played at the Pub. Commending his efforts to record an important aspect of pub culture, head of the judging panel Zak Avery said that Arthur's work stood out for being both entertaining and informative.

Read the full story

Father of the Football League honoured

Father of the Football League honoured

December 2 2009

A bronze statue of William McGregor, a director of Aston Villa Football Club who came up with the idea of the Football League in 1888, has been unveiled at Villa Park afer six years of fundraising.

news.bbc.co.uk

Octogenarian's sponsored swim for historic pool

Octogenarian's sponsored swim for historic pool

November 30 2009

Seventy five years since he last swam in Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham, 82 year old Philip Morris is returning to the pool to undertake a sponsored swim.

www.friendsofmrb.co.uk

Played and Made in Britain

Played and Made in Britain

October 24 2009

As part of the Victorian Society's Pleasure, Punishment and Protection autumn series of lectures, Played in Britain series editor Simon Inglis will be giving an illustrated lecture on sport and sporting architecture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, at the Art Workers' Guild in London, on Tuesday November 3 at 6.30pm. Expect grandstands, pavilions, billiard halls, swimming pools and a load of old balls. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the night, but availability is strictly limited so advance booking is recommended.

www.victoriansociety.org.uk

Unique football archive goes online, with exhibition and lecture series to
boot

Unique football archive goes online, with exhibition and lecture series to boot

October 8 2009

Launched in Liverpool last week, The Everton Collection must surely rank as the most comprehensive online archive of any sporting club in the world. Owned by a charitable Trust, the collection is housed at the Liverpool Record Office, but is now searchable online thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sections include players and teams, match archives and programmes, photographs, playing kits, memorabilia and, amazingly, all the original club minutes from 1887-1964, page by page. An extraordinary achievement and thoroughly recommended, as are the accompanying exhibitions and lecture series.

www.evertoncollection.org.uk

Moseley Road Baths celebrates 102nd anniversary with Memories and Memorabilia Day

Moseley Road Baths celebrates 102nd anniversary with Memories and Memorabilia Day

October 6 2009

Have you ever swum at the Grade II* listed Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham? Or know someone who has? If so, the Friends of Moseley Road will be ready to record impressions at a special Memories and Memorabilia Day on Saturday October 31. The afternoon also offers a chance to take a guided tour of this magnificent building and hear Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis (who swam in the baths as a child) speak about the history of public baths and his work with swimming pools expert Dr Ian Gordon on Great Lengths.

www.friendsofmrb.co.uk

Demolition of Birmingham baths reveals long hidden depths, but not treasure

Demolition of Birmingham baths reveals long hidden depths, but not treasure

September 30 2009

As the much-lamented demolition of Birmingham's 1933 Kent Street baths comes to an end this month, to make way for a car park, Played in Birmingham co-authors Steve Beauchampé and Simon Inglis have been on hand to photograph the building, and see whether it would yield one last secret. Meanwhile, Beauchampé warns that Kent Street's 'sister' pool in Sparkhill appears to be next in line. Read more about the threat to Sparkhill at www.thestirrer.co.uk.

Read our full article about Kent Street baths

Sport and Leisure History Seminar programme published

Sport and Leisure History Seminar programme published

September 29 2009

Lidos, lawn tennis and Elizabethan tournaments are amongst the subjects forming part of this autumn's lecture series organised by the Institute of Historical Research in London, starting on October 5. The lectures are free of charge, take place on Mondays at 5.15pm at Senate House in Malet Street, London, and are open to anyone with an interest in the history of sport and leisure.

Download the Sport and Leisure History Seminar autumn 2009 programme (PDF, 66k)

Arson destroys 100 year old clubhouse

Arson destroys 100 year old clubhouse

September 29 2009

Members of Brentham Bowling Club in Ealing, west London, are devastated at the loss of their clubhouse and more than a century's worth of sporting heritage after arsonists razed it to the ground.

www.ealinggazette.co.uk

Pools, people and purpose

Pools, people and purpose

September 18 2009

Inspired by Played in Britain publications Great Lengths and Liquid Assets, top fashion designer Margaret Howell has joined with the RIBA Trust and London Open House to stage an exhibition on 20th century lido and swimming pool design at her Wigmore Street branch in London.

Read the full 'Pools, people and purpose' story

Celebrating Great Lengths at the Victoria Baths, Manchester

Restoration of historic Wolverton Park grandstand meets mixed response

September 15 2009

Visitors to last weekend's Heritage Open Day at Wolverton Park in Buckinghamshire gave mixed responses to the redevelopment of the former LNWR sports ground and its 1899 wooden grandstand, which now forms part of a major residential scheme completed by the developers Places for People and the Milton Keynes Partnership.

More details and images here

National Football Museum to transfer from Preston to Manchester

National Football Museum to transfer from Preston to Manchester

September 11 2009

After months of speculation surrounding the future of the National Football Museum at Deepdale, Preston - the chief rumour being that it would move to Wembley - news has emerged of an offer to house the exhibitions (but not the archives or collections) at Urbis, a futuristic but heavily subsidised 'museum of city life' located in Manchester. Both Manchester football clubs already have their own museums, so the NFM would add considerably to the city's sporting heritage assets.

Read more on the Manchester bid

Read more on reaction in Preston

Celebrating Great Lengths at the Victoria Baths, Manchester

Celebrating Great Lengths at the Victoria Baths, Manchester

September 4 2009

In advance of next weekend's Heritage Open Days, English Heritage invites members and non-members to an extra special celebration of the restoration works so far completed at the Victoria Baths in Manchester, in the company of Played in Britain series editor and co-author of Great Lengths, Simon Inglis. The event takes place on Wednesday, September 9 from 6.10 - 8.30.

More information and booking details

Open House London - Played in Britain recommends

August 28 2009

Around 700 buildings and just two days to see them. So where should Played in Britain readers go on the weekend of September 19-20? For your convenience we have picked out the ones we think will be of interest, including a 1930s gem, the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham, with its iconic swimming pool and diving stage (left).

View Played in Britain's recommendend Open House London list

Heritage Open Days - from a sporting angle

August 27 2009

This year's Heritage Open Days, organised by English Heritage, take place between September 10-13 and include several sports-related venues that will be of interest to Played in Britain readers. For your convenience we have picked out the ones we think will be of interest, including the wonderful Old Roller Skating Rink in Norwich, now an oriental carpet warehouse (left).

View Played in Britain's recommended list of Heritage Open Days, organised by English Heritage

Irish government to fund database of the nation's sporting heritage

August 18 2009

Following the demolition of the mock-Tudor Wanderers' pavilion at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, a project to create a database of all sporting venues built in Ireland over the last 150 years, similar to Played in Britain, is to be launched during Ireland's National Heritage Week at the end of August.

www.irishtimes.com

Taylor signs up for Great British Beer Festival launch

July 31 2009

Played in Britain invites all its friends and regulars to raise a glass to our latest publication, Played at the Pub, which will be on tap to punters for the first time on Wednesday, August 4, at the Great British Beer Festival, Earl's Court, in west London. Author Arthur Taylor will be at the festival signing copies from 2.00-4.00pm at the CAMRA Heritage Display (Stand R4), with special discounts available to members of CAMRA. You can also hear Arthur discuss the book on BBC London Live's Robert Elms programme at shortly after 1.00pm on the same day.

Great British Beer Festival details

Played at the Pub web page

Forgotten Olympian honoured in Liverpool ceremony

July 22 2009

After a successful year's fundraising effort, the refurbished gravestone of one of the founding members of Britain's Olympic movement, John Hulley, was unveiled in a touching ceremony conducted at a Liverpool cemetery in mid June.

Read the full 'Forgotten Olympian honoured' story here.

Cycle and swim round east Londons historic baths

Cycle and swim round east London's historic baths

June 27 2009

Join Played in Britain editor and co-author of Great Lengths, Simon Inglis, on a Sunday afternoon bicycle tour of the historic swimming baths of Hackney in east London. Organised by the Hackney Society, the tour on July 12 will offer a rare chance to see inside Haggerston Baths (closed since 2000), and will conclude with a swim at London Fields Lido.

www.hackneysociety.org

Cricket museum proposed for Mitcham

Cricket museum proposed for Mitcham

June 27 2009

Mitcham Cricket Club in London, which claims to be the oldest cricket club in the world, having been playing on Cricket Green since 1685, is at the centre of Merton Council's proposals for a new cricket museum in this south London suburb. Apparently Lord Nelson was a regular spectator of Mitcham's games.

www.thisislocallondon.co.uk

Legends of the boxing ring stay close after the final bell

Legends of the boxing ring stay close after the final bell

May 23 2009

There are 43 former boxers' associations in Britain, says Played in Liverpool author Ray Physick, and their members' oral testimonies provide a fascinating record of this often misunderstood community of ex-sportsmen. Ray's lecture on the Merseyside Former Boxers' Association, delivered to a recent conference on Sport and Oral History at the University of Huddersfield, is now online.

www2.hud.ac.uk

Mansfield honour Golden Girl

Mansfield honour Golden Girl

May 5 2009

Sherwood Baths, opened in 1934, is to be re-named the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre in recognition of the swimmer's achievements at the Beijing Olympics. The pool, which features in Played in Britain's Great Lengths, is currently undergoing a £5 million refurbishment.

www.insidethegames.com

Fight for historic Red House as Tottenham stadium plans go public

April 3 2009

As detailed plans for a new 58,000 seater stadium for Tottenham Hotspur go on public view in north London this week, a group of Spurs fans have started a campaign to save the Victorian 'Red House' that has served the club for over 120 years.

Read more on the Red House campaign.

Read more on the club's plans.

Rugby League Heritage Day in London

March 16 2009

White Hart Lane is a name usually associated with football, but this Sunday, March 22, the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre in Wood Green (not Tottenham!) will stage London's first ever Rugby League Heritage Day, courtesy of the London Skolars RLFC. The day will include the launch of the new London Rugby League Museum.

www.londonrl.co.uk

Great Lengths book launch exclusive

March 6 2009

Played in Britain's newest title Great Lengths, by Dr Ian Gordon and Simon Inglis, enjoyed a great launch boost in London last night as over a hundred invited guests were given the unexpected and exclusive news that one of the country's most endangered historic pools is to be re-opened for swimming. To buy the book, visit our Great Lengths page; the Guardian website also has more background and images on Great Lengths.

Read the full Great Lengths launch exclusive story here.

Recording Leisure Lives: Sports, Games and Pastimes

Recording Leisure Lives: Sports, Games and Pastimes

February 17 2009

A conference inspired by the work of Humphrey Spender, the acclaimed photographer who recorded ordinary people at leisure for the Mass Observation project is to be held in Bolton Museum on April 7. The conference is for anyone with an interest in sport and leisure in the 20th century. Simon Inglis, Played in Britain series editor, will be attending and all Played in Britain titles will be available.

www.bolton.ac.uk

Blue Plaque for Victorian body-builder

Blue Plaque for Victorian body-builder

February 16 2009

Eugen Sandow, the founding father of body-building and a keen promoter of health and fitness in the early 1900s has been commemorated by an English Heritage Blue Plaque at his former home in Holland Park Avenue. The plaque was unveiled by Chris Davies, Sandow's great-grandson. View the plaque in our sporting plaques gallery.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Golden girl Rebecca Adlington

Golden girl Rebecca Adlington has the first word on historic swimming pools

February 4 2009

Olympic double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, who learnt to swim in the 1934 Sherwood Baths in Mansfield, has penned the Foreword to Great Lengths, Played in Britain's long awaited book on the history and development of indoor swimming pools.

Read the full Rebecca Adlington story here.

Birkenhead Park

Historic community sports clubs threatened

January 20 2009

Historic community sports clubs in the north west, including Birkenhead Park Rugby Club (left) are being threatened by a punishing new water charging regime. Played in Britain fully supports a Daily Telegraph campaign (see links below) to match government aspirations for sport with sensible rates for water.

Telegraph article, by Brian Moore (www.telegraph.co.uk)

Sign Brian Moore's petition (www.telegraph.co.uk)

Petition update (www.telegraph.co.uk)

Birkenhead Park

Coronation Street Calls!

January 20 2009

But not that one. Salford Lads' Club, Britain's best preserved Edwardian boys' club, as featured in Played in Manchester, located on Coronation Street, Salford, is holding an open day on Sunday February 1, including a lecture by author Andrew Davies on the Scuttlers (the street gangs of Victorian Britain which partly gave rise to the Lads' Club movement). Highly recommended.

www.gangsofmanchester.com

Our Sporting Life launch

November 25 2008

What does sport mean to you? That is the question being posed by the Sports Heritage Network in a nationwide project being launched at Lord's cricket ground today by BOA Chairman Lord Moynihan and Ann Cutcliffe, Deputy Chair of Paralympics GB. To contribute your own stories, and for more information on the work of the SHN, go to Our Sporting Life.

www.oursportinglife.co.uk

Liverpool swimming hero honoured

November 20 2008

A young stowaway from British Guyana who arrived in Liverpool in 1900 and grew up to save hundreds of children from drowning has been honoured by a plaque unveiled at Liverpool Aquatics Centre. James Clarke, whose story features in Played in Liverpool, was a champion swimmer and a top boxer in the city.

www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk

Lido under threat

November 18 2008

Supporters of Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham are up in arms about plans to build a multi-storey car park which could threaten the much loved facility. The lido (featured in Liquid Assets) was opened in 1935 and is one of the best preserved in Britain, as well as being one of the few 50 metre pools in the country.

www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk

London's Olympic Games and their heritage

October 27 2008

Those interested in the Olympics and their heritage may like to attend the following lecture being given at 5.15pm on November 17 by Professor Garry Whannel of the University of Bedfordshire.

Read the full London's Olympic Games and their heritage story here.

Government Minister tours Manchester's Water Palace

September 19 2008

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham helped celebrate the completion of the first stage of the restoration of the Victoria Baths, describing it as one of the treasures not only of Manchester but of the whole country. The work was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Manchester City Council.

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Archers kick out bowlers

September 19 2008

An historic bowling green, home of the oldest bowling club in Edinburgh, is to be developed for student housing. Edinburgh Bowling Club, who have played on the green since the club's formation in 1848, is being evicted by the Royal Company of Archers, and will be forced to fold when their lease expires in November.

www.scotsman.com

Pavilion to become mosque

September 1 2008

A sports pavilion in Huddersfield is to be turned into a mosque and community centre. The pavilion is part of the historic Fartown sports complex, once famous for both cricket and rugby league, but which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

www.examiner.co.uk

Boris trumpets British sporting legacy

Boris trumpets British sporting legacy

August 28 2008

Boris Johnson reminded the world that Britain either invented or codified most of the world's major sports at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, drawing particular attention to our invention of table tennis, or whiff-whaff as it was once called.

Image credit: James O Jenkins

www.dailymail.co.uk

Historic pavilion saved by birds' nest

Historic pavilion saved by birds' nest

August 28 2008

A cricket pavilion dating from 1866 where WG Grace once played has been saved from demolition. The pavilion, the original home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club was due to be demolished for property development but a reprieve was won when birds were found nesting in the roof.

www.telegraph.co.uk

1948 Olympic torch discovered

1948 Olympic torch discovered

August 4 2008

An Olympic torch used in London's 1948 Olympic Games has been found in Hampshire County Council's museum archives. The torch will go on display at Andover Community Museum but will first be used at Hampshire's handover ceremony on August 24 to coincide with the official transfer of the Olympic flame to Britain at the closing ceremony in Beijing.

www.24hourmuseum.org.uk

Sports museums podcast

Sports museums podcast

August 4 2008

A new podcast featuring four of London's sports museums - celebrating cricket, football, rugby and tennis - has been launched as part of the Discover London Trails. The Trails were set up in 2005 and have proved a popular way of exploring the capital while discovering London's less well known museums.

www.24hourmuseum.org.uk

1000 Year Swim

1000 Year Swim

July 30 2008

Ian Dungavell, director of The Victorian Society, has embarked on a marathon swimming feat to draw attention to Britain's listed Victorian and Edwardian swimming pools. All the pools, and more, will be featured in Great Lengths, Played in Britain's forthcoming study of historic swimming pools.

www.1000yearswim.com

Former billiard hall listed

Former billiard hall listed

June 23 2008

English Heritage has listed the former Temperance Billiards Hall in Lewisham High Street as a building of national significance - news that has been warmly welcomed by the Victorian Society. Played in Britain is preparing a complete study of London's Temperance Billiards Halls for Played in London, due to be published in 2011.

www.victorian-society.org.uk

Sporting heritage in National Archaeology Week

Sporting heritage in National Archaeology Week

June 16 2008

Archaeological discoveries at the Olympic Park site in East London, talks on Britain's Olympic heritage and a display of Tudor archery will all be featured at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth as part of English Heritage's contribution to National Archaeology Week over the weekend of July 12 and 13.

www.english-heritage.org.uk (PDF)

www.nationalarchaeologyweek.org.uk

Graveyard sleuths wanted in search for sporting tombstones and memorials

Graveyard sleuths wanted in search for sporting tombstones and memorials

June 04 2008

In the belief that graveyards are as much for the living as for the dead, Dr Mike Huggins, of the University of Cumbria, is asking all friends and supporters of Played in Britain to assist with the compilation of a gazetteer of tombstones and memorials dedicated to sportsmen and women. Can you help? Find out more by clicking the link below...

Read the full Graveyard sleuths story here.

A Century of Olympic Posters

A Century of Olympic Posters

May 23 2008

A vibrant new exhibition of Olympic Games posters has opened at the Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green to coincide with this summer's Beijing Games. Admission is free and the exhibition runs till September 7.

www.vam.ac.uk

When the Tyne Led the World - an exhibition of rowing

End of an era as Walthamstow Greyhound track announces
closure in August

May 21 2008

Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium in north east London is to close in August, bringing to an end 75 years of racing history, and putting into jeopardy its glorious neon sign. Its closure means that there will only be two tracks left in Greater London: Wimbledon and Romford. In the late 1930s there were 22.

news.bbc.co.uk

www.blackhorseactiongroup.org.uk

When the Tyne Led the World - an exhibition of rowing

When the Tyne led the World - an exhibition of rowing

May 16 2008

A new exhibition of interest to Played in Britain regulars has opened in Newcastle's Discovery Museum, highlighting the city's venerable tradition of rowing on the River Tyne. Among the exhibits is a statue of the legendary oarsman Harry Clasper, not seen for many years.

Read the full 'When the Tyne led the World' story here.

Played in Britain honoured

Played in Britain honoured at Parliamentary reception

May 10 2008

Played in Britain's contribution to sporting heritage was yesterday marked by a House of Commons reception, hosted by English Heritage's Chief Executive Simon Thurley (left) and sponsored by Telford MP David Wright. A large gathering of Members of both Houses, together with English Heritage representatives, sponsors and invited guests also heard details of two new research projects forming part of English Heritage's contribution to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Read the full Played in Britain honoured story and view the photo gallery here.

SImon Inglis and Tom Watt

Buchan a winner with London audience

April 23 2008

Played in Britain's celebration of Charlie Buchan, Gunner, Grenadier and Gentleman, proves a great hit with London football fans and with the Willow Foundation charity.

Read the full Buchan a winner story here.

UNESCO World Heritage status bid for Newmarket

April 15 2008

As the Department for Culture, Media and Sport prepares to invite bids from British sites to attain UNESCO World Heritage status, sport heritage consultant Jason Wood is backing Newmarket, a unique sportscape that has been turning out winners for nearly 400 years. To date, only one other sports related site, Olympia, is on the UNESCO list.

www.newmarketjournal.co.uk

Residents rally for Ripon Baths

April 7 2008

Campaigners are gearing up to save Ripon Baths from being sold by the local council and turned into flats.

www.guardian.co.uk

Boxing star at Played in Liverpool event

April 5 2008

Carl Wright, former British boxing title contender, will be joining Played in Liverpool author Ray Physick at the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo, Liverpool on Monday April 7.

icseftonandwestlancs.icnetwork.co.uk

World Marbles Championships

March 26 2008

Watching the fierce competition in a Sussex pub car park, football writer Barney Ronay wonders, have we lost our marbles?

blogs.guardian.co.uk

Historic cricket pavilion to be demolished

March 25 2008

The High Court has overturned a conservation order placed on a 19th century pavilion, once home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, leaving developers free to demolish the building.

news.bbc.co.uk

www.worcesternews.co.uk

Played in Britain donates 70 year old football treasure to Sport Relief

March 13 2008

An illuminated 1938 Football League scroll discovered torn and crumpled in the bottom of a cupboard is heading for Sotheby's as Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis urges the nation's sports clubs to guard their heritage.

Read the full Played in Britain/Sport Relief story here.

Another Victorian pool faces closure

March 6 2008

Eight years after they were saved by public protest, Nottingham's Victoria Baths, built in 1896, are once again under threat. Campaigners are already gearing themselves up for concerted action and plan a demonstration for March 18.

www.savevictoriabaths.org.uk

Charlie Buchan - Gunner, Grenadier and Gentleman

March 3 2008

Played in Britain in association with Philosophy Football is hosting an evening dedicated to the legendary Charles Buchan, creator of Football Monthly - 'the world's greatest soccer magazine' - on Thursday April 17.

Join Simon Inglis, Tom Watt and Jon Spurling for an evening of nostalgic entertainment and help raise funds for Bob Wilson's Willow Foundation.

Read the full 'Charlie Buchan - Gunner, Grenadier and Gentleman' story.

Celebrating Welsh cricket

February 15 2008

The history of Welsh cricket is to be celebrated through a new project called Tale-Enders - a partnership between Glamorgan Cricket and the University of Glamorgan - which will form the heart of a series of displays at the new Museum of Welsh Cricket in Cardiff.

www.newswales.co.uk

Hornby heads for the Borders

February 8 2008

Following the successful launch of Uppies and Downies at Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday, author Hugh Hornby is travelling north to Jedburgh for their Shrovetide handba' game on February 14. He'll be talking about his researches and signing copies of the book at The Belters, in Castlegate, after the handba' finishes, probably around 7.00pm.

Read the full 'Hornby heads for the Borders' story.

Shrove Tuesday launch

January 28 2008

The annual Shrove Tuesday football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, marks the launch of Played in Britain's latest book, Uppies and Downies. Author Hugh Hornby will be talking about his researches and signing copies at the Coach & Horses in Ashbourne on February 5 from 11:00am-1:30pm, before the afternoon's action, at a special launch day discount of £14.99.

Read the full 'Shrove Tuesday launch' story.

Hillingdon lido revival under way

January 16 2008

After years of planning, work has at last started on the restoration of the Grade II listed Uxbridge Lido, first opened in 1935 but closed since 1998. The £25 million project includes renovation of the lido (featured in Janet Smith's book Liquid Assets) and the construction of an adjoining 50m indoor pool, the first of its kind in the London area.

www.contractjournal.com

Listed pigeon loft under threat

December 31 2007

Pigeon fanciers, local campaigners, MPs and Friends of the Earth have rallied to save Britain's only listed pigeon loft in Ryhope, Sunderland. Built in 1955, the loft is threatened with demolition now that its lease has expired. Former colliery workers have already refused £250,000 compensation to quit the allotment site.

www.sunderlandecho.com

www.sunderlandecho.com

www.shieldsgazette.com

news.bbc.co.uk

Note: Played in Britain author Lynn Pearson will be surveying pigeon lofts in the north east in Played on Tyne and Wear, due for publication in 2009.

Historic Glasgow playing fields under threat

December 4 2007

Hughenden playing fields, established as a memorial to pupils of the Hillhead High School killed in the war, are at the centre of a row between local residents and the grounds' owners, the Hillhead Sports Club. The planning dispute is typical of the difficulties facing clubs, local authorities and users over the conservation of historic sports grounds.

www.eveningtimes.co.uk

Note: Played in Britain author Ged O'Brien is currently researching Glasgow's sporting heritage in conjunction with Historic Scotland. The results will be published in Played in Glasgow in 2009.

Played in Britain at Liverpool Conference

December 1 2007

Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis and Played in Liverpool author Ray Physick will be joining Stephen Done, curator of the Liverpool FC museum, as speakers at a session on Public History in Theory and Practice: Art, Archaeology, Film, Sport, at the Public History Conference, to be staged in Liverpool from April 10-12, 2008.

www.liv.ac.uk

Hall of Fame for Welsh Sport

October 28 2007

Campaigners for a permanent home for the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame are celebrating after the announcement by the minister for heritage, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, that the Welsh Assembly Government will work with the Hall of Fame trustees to source funding.

icwales.icnetwork.co.uk

Iconic 1960s Sports Centre upgrade confirmed

October 17 2007

Plans have been unveiled by the London Development Agency for a £67 million upgrade of Crystal Palace Park, including the construction of a new sports centre and Olympic-size swimming pool that will be buried under grass. The Grade II* listed sports centre, opened in 1964, will be retained but the main swimming pool closed to create a 'dry' sports arena.

www.thisislondon.co.uk

www.lda.gov.uk

Note: the swimming pool at Crystal Palace is one of several iconic post war pools to be featured in Played in Britain's forthcoming study Great Lengths - the indoor swimming pools of Britain, by Dr Ian Gordon, to be published during the summer of 2008.

Sport History group set up on Facebook

September 13 2007

Martin Polley of Southampton University, the author of Played in Britain's forthcoming book The British Olympics - Britain's Olympic heritage 1612-2012 (to be published in 2010), has set up a new Sport History group on Facebook. Martin wants it to become an informal place for networking, publicity, and chat.

soton.facebook.com

Played in Liverpool launched at BBC Merseyside

June 1 2007

In the lead up to Liverpool's tenure as European Capital of Culture, Played in Britain and English Heritage celebrated the launch of Played in Liverpool, the third city study in the series. Written by local academic Ray Physick and sponsored by Liverpool '08, the book was warmly greeted by a large gathering at BBC Merseyside and was introduced by Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of the Liverpool City Council and himself a keen sports fan.

icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk

Played in Britain inspires swimming duo

May 27 2007

Inspired by the Played in Britain study, Liquid Assets - the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain, by Janet Smith, two swimmers from Dorset have set out to raise money for Save the Children over the summer by swimming a mile in every outdoor pool in the country.

www.thisisdorset.net

New Cricket Museum for Cardiff

May 15 2007

Glamorgan Cricket has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help set up a museum at its base in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

news.bbc.co.uk

Lancashire Football Ground claims to be world's oldest

May 8 2007

Thanks to recent research by Bolton academic Peter Swain, the Lancashire village of Turton is now claiming to have the oldest football ground in the world still in use today. The research discovered that the ground is nearly 50 years older than previously thought, having staged a Shrove Tuesday match between Tottington and Darwen in 1830.

www.theboltonnews.co.uk

Super Swimming Stadium model comes home

April 24 2007

Following a tip off from the Played in Britain team, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council made a winning bid at Christie's for a silver model of Morecambe's Super Swimming Stadium, originally presented to a local dignitary when the open air pool, designed by Kenneth Cross and Cecil Sutton, was inaugurated in July 1936.

www.morecambeonline.co.uk

Note: for the full history of Morecambe's Super Swimming Stadium (which closed in 1975), see Played in Britain's Liquid Assets - the lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain, by Janet Smith.