Centre for Worktown studies
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Professor Robert Snape is the founder and Director of the Centre for Worktown Studies and is Professor of Cultural History at the School of the Arts.
His principal research interest is the history of leisure in Britain 1850-1939, with a focus on the historical development of leisure as a field of social policy and community building. He established the University's Centre for Worktown Studies in 2009 and has published a number of papers on everyday leisure in Worktown.
In 2010 he was awarded AHRC funding for a doctoral studentship to work with Bolton Museum's Humphrey Spender 'Worktown' Photographic Collection. The Centre has conducted numerous public engagement activities around Bolton's identity as Worktown. These have included 11 annual Recording Leisure Lives conferences, participation in the Manchester Histories Festivals of 2014 and 2018 and community drama workshops for disadvantaged women. The Centre has also presented public lectures and talks to various educational institutions and community groups.
The Centre has welcomed visitors from Australia, North America, Germany and Great Britain.
Expressions of interest are invited from prospective PhD candidates wishing to undertake research related to Worktown
Professor Snape’s Worktown-based publications include ‘All-in Wrestling in Inter-War Britain: Science and Spectacle in Mass Observation's ‘Worktown’, International Journal of the History of Sport, (2013) 30:12, pp. 1418-1435; ‘Everyday leisure and Northernness in Mass Observation’s Worktown 1937–1939’, Journal for Cultural Research, (2016) 20:1, pp. 31-44 and the ‘Introduction to the Worktown Collection’ for the Adam Matthew Digital Collections Mass Observation on-line.