London is the first city in the world to host the modern Olympics three times: not surprising, it is argued, as sporting heritage dating back more than 500 years can be found throughout the city and provides a fascinating insight into how Londoners passed the time, competed, gambled and, latterly, kept fit in both city and suburb. Where for example is 300 hundred years of golf celebrated by the local street Goffers Road? What are the traditional sporting activites of the Lea Valley? Which East London swimming pool was inspired by the Horticultural Halls? Where can you still play the traditional form of skittles?
Simon Inglis, Editor of the English Heritage Played in Britain series, will give a lively, illustrated presentation of the process of researching and gathering information for the latest book in the series – Played in London (due out later this year): learning to navigate the Catford gyratory system, traipsing around graveyards and discovering the delights of Zone 6, in the tireless pursuit of uncovering hidden gems of London’s sporting heritage.
The talk is supported by The Building Centre as part of the London Festival of Architecture under the ‘Playful City’ theme.
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