Southern History Society Conference 2020: Sport and Leisure in Southern England, c.1500-1990

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Saturday 8 February 2020, 9.45am-4.30pm
St Alphege 301, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

9.45am: Welcome and tea/coffee

10.15am: Steven Cock, ‘Against the Odds? Examining the Emergence of Early Swimming Contests, c.1590s-1830s’, York St John University

10.45: Geoff Swallow, ‘'The West of England circuit of annual swimming matches,1863-1913', Manchester Metropolitan University

11.15am: Paul Wheeler, ‘"An Ideal Golfing Holiday" - Bournemouth Golf Week 1936-1939’, University of Chichester

11.45am: Tea/coffee

12pm: Tomasz Gromelski, ‘The Dangers of the Hunt in Tudor Southern England’, Wolfson College, Oxford

12.30pm: Amanda Richardson, ‘Hunting, Hounds and Hospitality: Gendered Aspects of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Royal Hunt’, University of Chichester

1pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Ian Denness, ‘Sporting Culture in Nineteenth-Century Winchester’, University of Winchester

2:15pm: Margaret Houlbrooke, ‘'Back on Track: Sports between the Wars at the University of Reading, 1919-1939', University of Reading

2.45pm: Tea/coffee

3.15pm: Keynote Lecture - Martin Polley, ‘The Cotswold Olimpicks: A Long History of a Small Event’, De Montfort University

4.15pm: Closing Remarks


Conference fee: £20: including tea/coffee and buffet lunch

If paying by cheque, this should be made payable to the ‘Southern History Society’ (for other forms of payment, please contact the organiser below).

To book a place, please email Simon Sandall ( by Monday 3rd February.

This is a co-badged event with the Wessex Centre for History & Archaeology.

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