British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

Publications - BSSH Journal

Sport in History

'Sport in History' is the official journal of the British Society of Sports History. Published four times annually 'Sport in History' is a history journal that publishes original, archivally-based research on the history of sport, leisure and recreation. The journal encourages the study of sport to illuminate broader historical issues and debates.

It includes an extensive reviews section, an annual compendium of sports-related accessions to British archives and a 'Sport in Public History' section dealing with issues of sports-related heritage and memory in society. Forthcoming and past special issues have focused on the history of drugs in sport, sport in Ireland and Roger Bannister and the four minute mile.

“Sport in History publishes high quality historical research on sport, combining a wide range of topics and approaches, attracting a mix of leading historians and younger scholars, with excellent special issues - 'amateurism', 'the aesthetics of sport', and ‘sports literature', are recent examples. It is interdisciplinary, serious, accessible and lively with meticulous and expert editorial direction.”
Professor Richard Holt, De Montfort University, UK

Access to Sport in History articles

A small number of free articles from past issues are available from journal publishers, Taylor and Francis for anyone to browse.

BSSH members receive a hard copy of the each edition published, and will soon be able to access electronic versions of all previous articles for free. 

Issues that predate 2002 can be accessed from the LA84 Foundation digital library.

Sport in History: Books for Review

A full list of books to review for Sport in History can be found here. Contact reviews editor Sam Oldfield if you have your own suggestions for books for review.