These posts are the work of second year undergraduate students in the department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester. They have been studying the Leisure and Sport History option as part of a module which ran from April to June 2020 and introduced them to archival research ahead of beginning work on their final year dissertations. For 2020, the module has had to be adapted to focus on using online archives in light of teaching and studying under the conditions of the COVID-19 lockdown. Although access to physical archives has been restricted, there have been some bonuses for the use of online archives, as some organisations have opened collections that are usually behind paywalls to free online access. Students and their lecturers have experienced the joys and the frustrations of the research process during this period and our students can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
As their assessment piece for the module, each of the students had their first experience of creating a research poster for a case study of their choice. Now they have adapted this research to write their posts for Playing Pasts.
Dr Claire Robinson, Visiting Lecturer, University of Chester
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