Sport and Leisure History research archive launched


A celebration has been held for the launch of the Sport and Leisure History (SpLeisH) Research Archive on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire campus, marking the culmination of over ten years planning by members of the research team.

The archive has been based around an extensive private collection, purchased from a founding member of the British Society of Sports History, that contained more than 1,000 books, journals and magazines dating back to the early 19th century, although this material has already been added to significantly.

In addition to texts, the archive includes a range of digitised resources, such as National Governing Body minutes, sporting newspapers and magazines, some of which have been produced with the support of funding from Manchester City Football Club and with the cooperation of Manchester Central Library and the National Football Museum.

These resources reflect the strong Mancunian networks established by Researcher and Lecturer of Sports and Leisure History, Dr Gary James. This combination of texts and electronic resources makes the archive a unique resource for anyone studying the history of sports and leisure.

The launch event also celebrated the online magazine for Sport and Leisure History Playing Pasts. This new website, created by the Sport and Leisure History Research team, aims to provide interesting articles and editorial content for both researchers and those with a general curiosity about the field. Playing Pasts can be found online at

For further information, or to organise a visit to the archive, please contact Prof Dave Day or visit