Just a quick post to flag up a forthcoming paper that I’ll giving at the Institute of Historical Research on one of the neglected figures of early twentieth century sporting history.
The photograph above is of the memorial to Frantz Reichel, Olympic champion, French Rugby Union captain and the doyenne of French sports journalists for the first 30 years of the twentieth century. Although neglected now it was a significant intervention into the urban fabric of Paris when it was erected in the 1930s.
I’ll be talking about the symbolism of Reichel’s memorial, the surprising story behind its design by Tony Garnier, and the turbulent story of its destruction under Nazi rule.
If you’d like to come along to the paper it will be in the Past and Present room at the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House on Monday 26th February at 5.30 p.m. Entry is FREE.
More details can be found here … http://www.history.ac.uk/events/event/15430
Or if you’d like to know more contact me @finsburyparker
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