Played in Britain

Charting the heritage of a nation at play

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We publish books about Britain's sporting heritage. If you like an old scoreboard, or a mildewed pavilion; if you would like to know where to find the world's oldest bowling green, or the best Art Deco grandstand in London; if you're fed up with homogenised, commercialised sport, and long to dive into a Victorian swimming pool with gorgeous ceramic tiling; if you think potting balls all afternoon in a dimly-lit billiard hall is definitely not time mis-spent; if you have ever wondered why tennis and suburbia go together so well, then Played in Britain is for you...

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I love this kind of history... The great value of the books is that they help us to remember, to see more clearly, and hopefully to preserve the many ways in which Britain is a country shaped by sport.

Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph


Played in Britain news feed: reporting on Britain's sporting heritage

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.com.

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.


Selected titles from Played in Britain

Played in Birmingham

Played in Birmingham

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Steve Beauchampé & Simon Inglis

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A Load of Old Balls

A Load of Old Balls

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By Simon Inglis

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Played in Glasgow

Played in Glasgow

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Ged O'Brien

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Full of warm nostalgia, but in a serious meaty way, absorbing detail and fascinating social history… the usual Played in Britain trick (is) luring you into their world and making you care as much as they do about something to which you’d barely given a thought before. And… the quality of the photography is superb.

The Observer

For me, this series of books is invaluable. Previous lack of attention by sports historians to the built environment and the way this reflected or impacted on sport is now being redressed. Long may this excellent work continue.

Richard W Cox (University of Manchester) Sport in History

I love your books... keep this wonderful stuff coming.

Brenda Grace, Pontefract

Hugely impressive and immensely important, Played in Britain (is) rapidly becoming the guardian of the nation's sporting heritage.

www.wordofsport.com

A marvellous series - how did we ever do without it?

Brian Salter, East Grinstead

Played in Britain has a reputation for thoroughness and insight... editor Simon Inglis deserves credit for the clarity of his vision.

John Burnett, Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies