Urban Leisure, History and Heritage Conference 14 November

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BSSH North East and Yorkshire Network Symposium

Call for Papers: Urban Leisure, History and Heritage

Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The British Society of Sports History North East and Yorkshire Network invites submissions for the Urban Leisure, History and Heritage Symposium, to take place at Teesside University, Middlesbrough on Saturday, 14 November 2015.  The newly established regional network’s inaugural symposium seeks to explore the connections and interactions between the urban environment, leisure history and sports heritage.

Middlesbrough has a rich sporting heritage intertwined with the emergence of the area as a Victorian ‘boom town’ centred upon iron and steel manufacturing.  In recent decades the town has embraced its sporting heritage through developments including a sculpture trail on the former site of Ayresome Park, erection of the Brian Clough Memorial Statue, the historic Tees Transporter Bridge emerging as a leading hub for extreme sports, and the construction of a multimillion pound Sports Village.

Papers are welcomed on themes including (but not limited to):

  • The role of leisure in shaping urban identities, interactions and space
  • Lost spaces and places of leisure
  • Industrial heritage, regeneration and sport
  • Sporting memories and memorialisation in the city
  • Archives, museums and urban leisure heritage

Submissions from postgraduates, early career researchers, community historians and museum and heritage practitioners are particularly welcomed.  Abstracts no longer than 500 words should be sent to mike.mcguinness@tees.ac.uk and tosh_warwick@middlesbrough.gov.uk by Friday, 2 October 2015.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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