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Women, Sport and Modernity in Interwar Britain


Fiona Skillen

This book offers a unique examination of women’s increasing involvement in sport during the period 1919-1939. Focusing primarily on sites of participation, it analyses where and how women accessed sport and their participation across class, age and marital groups. It also demonstrates the diverse ways in which sport was incorporated into women’s everyday lives, with particular emphasis on the important and yet often neglected area of informal participation, so fundamental to understandings of women’s sport. The unique combination of in-depth studies, drawing on the voices of the women themselves through oral testimonies, and the tracing of broad national and international trends, contributes to an innovative and comprehensive exploration of the evolution of women’s sports participation across Britain during this significant period.


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Illustration 1 Scotland versus England, Singer Playing Field, 1924 SWHA Archive, Courtesy of Hockey Scotland, Edinburgh 65 Illustration 2 England Hockey Team, 1921 HOCKEY D/1/8, Courtesy of the Hockey Collection University of Bath and the National Hockey Museum, Woking 65 Illustration 3 Tennis Team, 1932, St George’s School, Edinburgh Courtesy of St George’s School Archive 93 Illustration 4 The Tennis Team, Royal Holloway College, London, 1930 BC/PH/6/1/5 Archives, Royal Holloway, University of London 94 Illustration 5 The Cricket Team, Royal Holloway College, London, 1923, with tunics as worn by AEWFHA and SWHA regulations BC/PH/6/1/1 Archives, Royal Holloway, University of London 207

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