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


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Played in London

Played in London longlisted for 'the Bookie Prize'

October 1 2014

Played in Britain's latest book Played in London, by Simon Inglis, was yesterday long-listed for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2014. Announced on the same day as National Sporting Heritage day, the long list consists of 15 books published during the last year. The short list will be announced on October 24. An earlier title in the series, Engineering Archie, was the William Hill runner up in 2005.

Visit William Hill for the complete longlist.

September 30 is National Sporting Heritage Day

September 30 is National Sporting Heritage Day

September 24 2014

Tuesday September 30 is to be Britain's first official National Sporting Heritage day, thanks to an initiative by the Sports Heritage Network. A series of events will be taking place around the country in the hope of establishing the event as an annual celebration. Played in Britain editor Simon Inglis will be marking the day with a lecture to postgraduate students at De Montfort University in Leicester.

For more details, visit the National Sporting Heritage Day website.

Britain's sporting heritage collections go online

Britain's sporting heritage collections go online

September 24 2014

Fifteen of the nation's sports museums, together with various other museums holding important sporting collections, have joined together under the auspices of the Sports Heritage Network to create a wonderful new online resource that will be of interest to all Played in Britain readers. Well known collections such as those of the MCC, the British Golf Museum and Wimbledon are already signed up, and more collections are joining every week, with Played in Britain and English Heritage Archives to follow soon.

For more details, visit the National Sports Museum Online.

Victorian Lincolnshire spa and pool to be restored

Victorian Lincolnshire spa and pool to be restored

September 15 2014

After 30 years of dereliction, a developer is seeking to put the 'spa' back into the Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa. The village owes its name to the discovery of a natural spring in the 1830s, and saw the subsequent creation of a spa complex, with additions designed by architect CE Davies in 1887. Having lain disused since 1983, the baths and buildings are now to be restored by a developer.

For more on this, see eastlindseytarget.co.uk.

Historic Pools Network to meet in Leeds

Historic Pools Network to meet in Leeds

September 15 2014

Bramley Baths in Leeds, now being run by a community trust, will be the venue for the next meeting of the Historic Pools Network on September 25. The group was set up in 2013 to represent the interests of many of Britain's most important Victorian and Edwardian swimming pools.

More details from here: campaign-archive1.com.

Played in London

Newest title in Played in Britain series launched at London’s oldest sports ground

September 2 2014

It is the biggest, the most ambitious and, at 360 pages, certainly the weightiest book of the Played in Britain series so far. At its launch earlier this week at the Honourable Artillery Company near Moorgate, where sport has been played since at least the 1720s, athletics historian Kevin Kelly joked that he struggled to lift it up, but once he did he couldn't put it down.

Read the full Played in London launch news story…


Selected titles from Played in Britain

Played in Tyne and Wear

Played in Tyne and Wear

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Lynn Pearson

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Played in Birmingham

Played in Birmingham

Charting the heritage of a city at play

By Steve Beauchampé & Simon Inglis

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Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book

Charles Buchan's Arsenal Gift Book

Edited by Simon Inglis

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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