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Recording Leisure Lives: Sporting Cultures, Clubs And Communities In 20th Century Britain - Tuesday 16th April 2019 (in Bolton)

Recording Leisure Lives: Sporting Cultures, Clubs And
Communities In 20th Century Britain
Tuesday 16th April 2019
A One Day Conference in Bolton presented by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College.

The Centre for Worktown Studies and University Centre at Blackburn College invite you to the eleventh annual

Recording Leisure Lives conference on April 16th, 2019.

Keynote speakers include Jean Williams (Professor of Sport, University of Wolverhampton), academic lead for the Hidden Histories of Women’s Football project at the National Football Museum and Keith Laybourn (Professor of History, University of Huddersfield), author of Going to the Dogs: A history of Greyhound Racing in Britain 1926-2017.

The conference sub-themes include: Gender, Age and Social Class; Amateur and Professional Clubs and Teams; Voluntary and Community Organization; Tradition and Innovation; Sporting Spaces and Identities; Hobbies and Games.

There is also an open stream on any aspect of leisure in 20th Century Britain.

Please submit paper proposals (20 minutes) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 25th January, 2019

Cost: £45 (Full)

(inc. lunch and refreshments) £25 (Students and non-waged)

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Mass Observation: Portraits of a Generation - 17th January 6pm at Pallant House (Chichester)

The Potteries 1938 The Julian Trevelyan Estate

Mass Observation: Portraits of a Generation [Talk)

Thursday 17 January 2019, 6pm

Tickets from: £7

In the late 1930s Trevelyan was invited to take part in the Mass Observation project which aimed to record the routines and rituals of everyday life in Britain using volunteer observers, diarists and participants. Commissioned to depict life in Bolton, Trevelyan created a powerful series of collages and paintings of the industrial north. The collages, including Rubbish May be Shot Here (1937), incorporated allusions to contemporary politics and popular culture by way of magazine and newspaper cuttings, old catalogues and bills, and the paintings, including The Potteries (1938), were darkly expressive yet deeply personal in their evocation of poverty and deprivation. He said  “…it was largely through my experiences in it that I had the courage to ‘find myself’ in painting…” In this talk, art historian David Mellor uncovers the history of the Mass Observation and the story of those involved.

Image: The Potteries, 1938, oil on canvas, 53.3 x 66 cm, Swindon Museum © The Julian Trevelyan Estate

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