Recording Leisure Lives : ‘Cultures, Communities and Class in 20th Century Britain’

27th March 2018

A Tenth Anniversary One Day Conference at the University of Bolton, presented by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College

RecordingLeisureLive2018
© Bolton Council.  From the Humphrey Spender Worktown Collection of Bolton Library and Museum Services 

The Centre for Worktown Studies invites you to its tenth annual Recording Leisure Lives conference on 27th March 2018. The theme of the conference is intended to provoke discussion and debate on the social and cultural contexts of leisure in twentieth century Britain. In particular it aims to explore ideas and meanings of culture, community and class in the context of leisure.  In terms of we are particularly interested in, for example, cultural hierarchies, mass culture, religion, politics and radicalism in leisure. We remain open, however, to other interpretations. The theme of community implies both spatial communities and also clubs, voluntary associations, hobby societies, civic groups, play groups and national regional and neighbourhood leisure organizations. In terms of class we hope to receive papers based around themes of socio-economic divisions, a leisure class, and other socio-historical constructions of class.

It is neither expected nor necessary that papers should cover all three strands. There will also be an open stream for general papers on leisure in 20th century Britain.

Keynote speakers include Martin Johnes, (University of Swansea) author of Christmas and the British: A Modern History and Carolyn Downs (University of Lancaster), author of A Social, Economic and Cultural History of Bingo (1906-2005): the Role of Gambling in the Lives of Working Women.

Please submit paper proposals [20 minutes] to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk by 19th January 2018

 

Bookings – Please complete and return the Booking Form. For further details please contact Bob Snape, r.snape@bolton.ac.uk or Bethan Atkins B.Atkins@bolton.ac.uk