The Sport in History Podcast brings you the latest in cutting edge research with interviews and talks with leading sports historians and up and coming researchers into Sports History. The podcast is a British Society of Sports History production from the UK's leading scholarly society for the history of sport. Click through to our website for further information on our events and to find out how to join the Society.
Verity Postlethwaite and Olympic and Paralympic History
New podcast host Katie Taylor talks to Dr Verity Postlethwaite about her research on London 2012, researching in Japan in preparation for the Paralympics and Olympics and researching during the pandemic.
Katie also tells us about the new BSSH PG/ECR Facebook group and a special pandemic grant available for researchers affected by the pandemic.
Dr Verity Postlethwaite is an independent researcher based in the United Kingdom who works between academic and industry contracts. Verity's research explores relationships between sport and society in national and international contexts. Recent projects have involved sports diplomacy and the Commonwealth, sport and equality in Scotland and a Lawn Tennis Association governance review of County and Island Associations in England.
Shannon Walsh and American Physical Culture
Shannon Walsh is an Associate Professor of Theatre History at LSU where she also serves as Co-Head of the PhD in Theatre. She received her MA from Florida State, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. As a theatre practitioner she has worked as a dramaturg and a development manager.
She has published in Theatre Annual and Theatre Journal and has recently published two books - Eugenics and Physical Culture Performance in the Progressive Era and the edited works Sporting Performance: Politics in Play
Matt Taylor & Raf Nicholson Women's Sport in WW2
This week Geoff talks to two guests, Prof Matt Taylor and Dr Raf Nicholson, who have co-authored an article for the latest issue of the Society’s journal, Sport in History, 'Women, sport and the people’s war in Britain, 1939–45'.
Geoff also catches up with Richard Boddie to talk about the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize which is awarded each year by the Society to recognise excellence in sport history.
To access the journal article go to https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17460263.2020.1824939
Matthew Taylor is Professor of History in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, where he is one of our foremost sports historians with numerous publications on the history of association football in particular. His latest book is Sport and the Home Front: Wartime Britain at Play, 1939-45, which was published by Routledge in 2020 and is available in all good bookshops.
Dr Raf Nicholson of Bournemouth University is a longtime friend and presenter of the podcast and current chair of the BSSH, who specialises in women's sports history. Her most recent book is Ladies at Lord’s: A History of Women’s Cricket in Britain, which was published by Peter Lang in 2019 and short-listed for the Lord Aberdare Prize in 2020.
Katie Taylor and Women's American Football
Welcome to the Sport in History Podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sports History in association with the Institute of Historical Research.
This episode Geoff talks to Katie Taylor about the history of women's American football which has its roots right back in the late nineteenth century. Katie describes how pioneering female college students took up the game and adapted it to their own style of play in the 1880s and 1890s. She also looks at the phenomenon of West Coast Women's football in the 1890s with the attempt to set up a commercial league with mostly working class players.
Katie also talks about the challenge of completing a PhD during lockdown as well as discussing her role as the BSSH's Postgrad and Early Career rep.
Katie Taylor is currently a doctoral student at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, focusing on the history of female American football players. She is also a teacher at Peter Symonds Sixth Form College in Winchester where she specialises in the socio-cultural aspects of sport. Katie is a qualified American football coach and previously managed the Great Britain men’s Flag Football Team.
You can find Katie's paper on women's American football at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsih20/current
Details of Katie's seminar at the IHR, as well as all the seminars in the BSSH's seminar series can be found here
Women in Sport with Fiona Skillen and Carol Osborne
This episode Geoff is joined by the co-editors of a special isssue of the BSSH's journal Sport in History on women's sport. Fiona and Carol talk about the state of research into women's sport now, and how it has developed since their previous special issue on the subject in 2010.
They also give us a sneak preview of some of the articles that they have gathered together, including a ground-breaking collaboration between previous podcast guests Prof Matt Taylor and Dr Raf Nicholson on women's sport and leisure during World War 2.
It's a feisty discussion with a lot of passion for the subject shown from all sides! You can access the latest special issue of Sport in History on women's sport with the introduction to the special issue free here, as well as the 2010 issue here. And look up Playing Pasts here for more on the relationship between academic history and sports history collections and enthusiasts.
Conor Murray and Irish Sport
This episode Conor Heffernan talks to Conor Murray about sport in Ireland in the twentieth century and the way in which the histories of soccer and rugby are entwined with political developments on the island of Ireland.
How and why did soccer and rugby develop in such contrasting ways? And what effect did the troubled relationship between Britain and Ireland have on crowd behaviour north and south of the border?
Conor Murray is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar at the School of History and Geography at DCU. Conor is currently working on an all-island study of Irish football and rugby during the course of the twentieth-century. In the past, Conor has published work on sport and identity in Northern Ireland and, aside from his doctoral work, is currently working on a short history of hockey in Ireland. Additionally, has published several articles on RTE brainstorm on various aspects of sport, society and politics in Ireland. He can be reached at the following