Sport and Leisure Histories
Edited by Dr Dave Day

This collection of short papers on aspects of sport and leisure history has its origins in two North-West British Society of Sports History regional symposia hosted by MMU on its Crewe campus in November 2012 and May 2013. The contributors come from many different backgrounds and include some of Britain’s leading academic sports and leisure historians alongside some early career researchers and independent scholars in the field of sports and leisure history. The work opens with a chapter from historian Melanie Tebbutt on the development of the outdoor movement post-First World War Britain and its relevance in dealing with some of the traumas experienced in that period. Mike Huggins then provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of the historiography of sport and leisure dealing with the North-West of England and this is followed by three chapters, dealing in turn, with the relationship between Freemasonry and association football (Diane Clements), the sporting experiences of British prisoners of war in the Korean War (Grace Huxford) and pantomime in Victorian Manchester (Claire Robinson). Douglas Hope returns to the outdoors in his chapter on the Co-operative Holidays Association and Jeff Hill takes a regional focus in his chapter on leisure, politics and the Conservative party. The cricketer Sydney Barnes is the subject of a discussion by Mark Rowe before Keith Myerscough takes the reader to Blackpool and the Prince of Wales baths. The final two chapters deal with golf in Hertfordshire (Julie Moore) and the fictional athlete, Wilson of the Wizard (John Bale). Taken together these papers highlight the richness and multiplicity of sporting and leisure experiences.

An MMU Sport and Leisure History Publication

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