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At this conference, some of the country’s leading academics came together to discuss how sport, photography and broadcast interrelate.

Delegates had the opportunity to:

  • Explore the exhibition, display and outputs of the sporting past as captured through photography and broadcast TV
  • Take part in a number of workshops to provide practical skills and knowledge for the conservation and access of these collections
  • Learn about regional networks and how to get involved
  • Explore in-depth case studies which demonstrate the role and value of sporting heritage, photography and TV

See below for the full programme.


Tuesday 28 November

09.30–10.00 Registration and exhibition stands

10.00 Welcome and Introduction, Dr Justine Reilly, Director, Sporting Heritage CIC

10.20 Sport and Broadcast Exhibition, Elinor Groom, National Science and Media Museum

10.40 Sporting Art, Dr Mike O’Mahony, University of Bristol

11.00 Break and networking

11.20 Playmakers: Celebrating Wakefield’s Sport’s Manufacturing History, Steph Webb, Assistant Curator and Documentation Officer and John Whitaker, Curator, Wakefield Museums

11.40 Maximising the Benefits of Scotland’s Sports Heritage, Dr Hugh D. MacLennan, Sports Heritage Scotland

12.00 Claret and Amber in Black and White, Ian Beesley, Artist in Residence, Bradford Institute for Health

12.20 Q&A

12.40–13.40 Lunch and networking plus 30-minute workshops (Working with photography and broadcast collections)

13.40 On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC, 1927–2017, Anna Spender, Collections Manager, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

14.00 Creating a Sporting Heritage Documentary: ‘Shankly: Nature’s Fire’, Mike Todd, Riverhorse Productions

14.20 The Beautiful Frame: Curating TV Sport Animation, Professor Paul Wells, Director, Animation Academy Curating Television Animation

14.40 Podcasting and Sporting Heritage, Russell Todd, Consultant and Podcaster and Essex Havard, Consultant

15.00 Coffee, Q&A

15.30–16.00 Venue tour and networking

Wednesday 29 November

09.15–09.30 Arrival and coffee

09.30 Welcome and Introduction, Dr Justine Reilly, Director, Sporting Heritage CIC

09.40 The Photography Network, Paul Hermann, founder of The Photographic Collections Network and director of Redeye

10.00 Unlocking the Hidden History of Women’s Football, Belinda Monkhouse, Collections Officer, National Football Museum

10.20 Issues and Challenges of Television Sport Heritage, Professor Richard Haynes, University of Stirling

10.40 The Performance of Sports Commentary: Post-dramatic theatre as a model to examine the performance of the sports commentator, Dr Pete Philips, Senior Lecturer in Theatre, University of Chichester

11.00–11.30 Coffee

11.30 The Challenges of Film and Photography at Lords Cricket Ground, Clare Skinner, Filming and Photography Manager, Middlesex Cricket Club

11.50 Crowd Sourcing: Using Spectator Photographs, Dr Chris Stride, University of Sheffield

12.10 Motor Sport through a Lens: Movement, Speed and Stasis, Professor Jean Williams, University of Wolverhampton

12.30–13.00 Q&A

13.00–14.00 Lunch and networking plus 30-minute workshops (How to better protect photography collections; Working with TV collections)

14.00 Sporting Heritage Research Programme: Introduction, Dr Justine Reilly

14.10 Cultural Organisations and HEIs Working Together to Research, Professor Tony Collins

14.40–15.10 Second Year Student Presentations:

  • Cricket and Community, Amerdeep Panesar
  • Competitive Women's Rowing in Britain Since 1945, Lisa Taylor

15.10–15.30 First Year Student Presentations:

  • Women in a Man's World: A Study of Women Working in Leadership Positions in Men’s Professional Football in England, Amee Gill
  • Women in British Rugby Union: A Social and Cultural History, c.1880–2016, Lydia Furse
  • The National Football Museum as a Cultural Institution, Amy Healey
  • An Oral History of Women’s Hockey, Dalvir Uppal

15.30 Coffee, Q&A and closing remarks

16.00 Conference close


This conference was a part of the Sporting Heritage CIC interactive programme, which celebrates the UK’s sporting heritage and works specifically to support the collection, preservation, access, and research of sporting heritage in the UK. In partnership with the National Football Museum and funded by the Arts Council England, Sporting Heritage CIC is establishing and developing regional networks to continue the ongoing mapping of the nation’s sporting collections.

Scheduled dates

Arts & Humanities Research Council
National Football Museum
Arts Council England