Sport and Leisure History Seminar 2019 #9

‘A Game Taken Seriously: Building the Foundations of Yorkshire’s cricketing power 1822-1893’

Monday June 24th 2019

It’s a real pleasure to be one of the convenors for the British Society of Sports History sponsored Sport & Leisure History seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research. And for the this term we have a diverse range of speakers and subjects to pique the interest of the historically inclined.

Our next paper will be given by Jeremy Lonsdale, a widely-published historian of Yorkshire cricket, who will be giving a paper based on his latest book on the early history of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It’s a paper that I’m very much looking forward to as my own research has touched on the career of one of the ‘big beasts’ of Yorkshire (and worldwide) cricket, Lord Hawke.

And what better time to discuss cricket. Not only is the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup up and running by the 24th June we’ll be coming to the finale of the T20 series between England and West Indies in the women’s game. Why not come along to hear about the key period of cricket history when the modern game emerged from country house, festivals and local leagues to full nationwide Championship.

To whet your appetite here’s Jeremy’s abstract …

1893 is the great turning point in the history of cricket in Yorkshire, which set off many decades of sporting success through to the late 1960s. This presentation examines the foundations of that success, focusing on the development of the game at all levels from the early 19th century. It considers how the game grew, what it meant to people, and how it was funded, organised and publicised. It argues that it was only when longstanding differences between Sheffield and other parts of the county were resolved in the early 1890s did the full potential of Yorkshire cricket emerge. 

This is only the one of a number of series of stimulating talks to be held at the IHR in the S&L series. For the details of seminars forthcoming in 2019 go to the IHR’s website. The talks take place in the Peter Marshall Room (note the change of venue!) on the second floor – doors open from 17:15 and the seminar will start promptly at 17:30. I hope to see you there.

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