The sixth Sport in History Podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research continues the summer interview season. And Raf is in the chair this week talking to Helena Byrne of the British Library about her work on the UK’s Web Archive.
Helena talks about her own use of the archive for researching the most boring phrases used by football fans(!) as well as giving researchers tips on how to best use the Archive to find what you’re looking for, and also how to submit your own webpages for archiving.
With her BL hat on Helena’s also been talking to other librarians to give you the lowdown on where you can find useful resources if you’re researching sport history, including recent acquisitions related to the history of women’s football in England.
Helena also talks about her own ground-breaking research into the development of women’s (and men’s) football in Ireland, including her recent article in the BSSH’s journal Sport in History.
Helena Byrne is the Curator of Web Archives at the British Library. She was the Lead Curator on the IIPC CDG 2018 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic collections. Helena completed her Master in Library and Information Studies at UCD in 2015. Previously she worked as an English language teacher in Turkey, South Korea and Ireland. To see a list of Helena’s publications go to her webpage, you can find her Sport in History article here, and for more details on her project on women’s football in Ireland go here.
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