This is the first in a series of podcasts brought to you from the BSSH’s 2020 Conference, which was held online in the last week of August.
The first panel is introduced by BSSH Chair Dr Raf Nicholson and chaired by Dr Conor Heffernan and features two papers by leading British sports historians, Professor Martin Polley of De Montfort University and Dr Luke Harris of the University of Birmingham talking about sport in Edwardian England.
Martin talks about C.R. Ashbee, the Arts & Crafts Movement, and Sport in the Cotswolds, 1902-1908. He highlights the way in which sport and recreation were central to Ashbee’s thinking about constructing a model community in Chipping Camden, and talks about the practical ways in which his ideas were implemented.
Luke discusses the career of the Edwardian runner Jack Price and his turn to professionalism in the 1900s. Price’s career illustrates the development of running as a professional career in the 1900s and Price’s role as one of the key athletes and trainers of his era.
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