Simon Inglis - lectures and events

Simon Inglis speaking

Simon Inglis is an experienced lecturer, conference chairman and tour leader, and a regular interviewee on radio and television.

In 2017 Simon became an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, lecturing on the art and architecture of Britain's sporting places to groups all over Britain.

In the world of academia, Simon delivers annual lectures to postgraduate students on the FIFA Master MA course at de Montfort University, and to visiting students from the University of Minnesota.

He has also lectured at the University of Bath, the University of Brighton, Birkbeck College, London, the London College of Printing, Ravensbourne College, Dunedin University (New Zealand), and for a wide range of organisations, among them English Heritage, the National Trust, the Victorian Society, the 20th Century Society, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, the British Society of Sports Historians, the Hackney Society and the Friends of Moseley Road Baths (Birmingham).

Other speaking engagements have included lectures on sporting heritage at the Aye Write Festival in Glasgow, at the Barber Institute in Birmingham, at history festivals in Lambeth and Ipswich, and at the inaugural Sports Writing Festival at Lord's in October 2013.

Simon was back at Lord's in June 2014, in the Long Room, to give an illustrated lecture on the 200th anniversary of the ground to members of the MCC.

For English Heritage and various other bodies and student groups, Simon has led tours of the former Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, of Fulham FC's Craven Cottage, and of Wembley Park.

In 2011 for English Heritage publications he wrote and presented an evening celebrating the history of the German Gymnasium with Martin Polley, author of The British Olympics.

For details of all Simon's future public engagements in relation to Played in London, visit this site's news and events page, or follow him on Twitter @the_simoninglis

Comments on recent events by Simon Inglis

Simon took us on a marvellous heritage marathon; running through the many sporting buildings and their stories from Putney to Barnes. His knowledge, energy, and humour kept all eighty of us completely enthralled.

— Lucinda MacPherson, Chiswick Pier Trust

One of the best talks that I have l listened to.

— Fiona Tweedie, Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association

Simon's knowledge is amazing. His lecture was completely inspiring and held the audience spellbound. Just as Lord Reith would have wanted; informative, educational and entertaining.

— Vanessa Courtney, Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society

An excellent evening – Simon Inglis was really superb.

— Nigel Hancock, The Cricket Society

Simon Inglis offered a very informative and enjoyable study day. Everyone was riveted and learnt a lot, while thoroughly enjoying themselves.

— Rosemary Conybeare, Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group

Simon Inglis’s talk on Boats, Bowls and Balls perfectly summed up the rich sporting heritage of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen. His engagingly easy presentation, backed by encyclopaedic and up-to-date knowledge, kept a capacity audience absorbed and entertained throughout. Sport is curiously relegated in the research and programming of many local history societies. Simon’s evening with us effectively demonstrated just what they are missing.

— Murray Hedgcock, Barnes and Mortlake History Society

Simon offered us a very entertaining illustrated lecture based on his research for Played in London, concentrating on our area of north west London and drawing a packed audience to our monthly meeting. A highly enjoyable evening, and even some of us old hands learned something new.

— Martin Percival, Willesden Local History Society

Simon's Played in London presentation was impeccably researched, fun, informative, challenging and interactive. He is a masterful presenter of our rich sporting heritage.

— Andrew Scoones, Director, The Building Centre

For the past three years our students have travelled to England to study the Industrial Revolution and the rise of modern football. Simon Inglis has been a centrepiece of our program, leading a tour of Craven Cottage and lecturing on the Victorian era, Archibald Leitch, and the early football stadium. His skill as a lively and entertaining presenter, his breadth of knowledge, and his reputation as a historian of sport makes this a day that we as instructors look forward to every year, and one which our students always remember.

— Morris Levy, University of Minnesota

One of the most fascinating evenings we have enjoyed in our longstanding public lecture series on architectural history. We look forward to inviting Simon again.

— Neil Grieve, Dundee Conservation Lectures, organised by Dundee University and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

Fascinating. Simon grabbed the attention and interest of the audience and held it.

— John Ashton Bradford City Bantams Past Museum

Simon's fascinating talk kept his audience spellbound.

— Lawrance Hurst, Institution of Structural Engineers History Study Group

A fascinating lecture. Simon's knowledge is encyclopaedic and the enthusiasm for his subject is infectious... an evening full of wonderful detail and evocative pictures, and so entertaining.

— Angela Dixon Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group