SPORT AND LEISURE HISTORY SEMINAR
‘THE DRAB SUBURBAN STREETS WERE METAMORPHOSED INTO A VERITABLE FAIRYLAND’: SPECTACLE, RITUAL AND FESTIVITY IN THE ILFORD HOSPITAL CARNIVAL, 1905-1914
Speaker: Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary, University of London)
Time and Date: 5:15 PM, Monday, 5th November.
Location: Gordon Room (Room G34), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
Ilford, in Essex, typified the rapid suburban expansion that took place around London during the late Victorian and Edwardian era, its population quadrupling during the 1890s and then doubling again during the 1900s to reach nearly 80,000 by 1911. This huge growth in population fuelled demand for the establishment of a local emergency hospital and in order to finance this development, residents held an annual carnival every July from 1905 to 1914. The carnival was a huge success, raising increasing amounts for the hospital each year and eventually attracting crowds estimated at over 100,000. Continue reading
Our researcher’s database continues to grow in ever more intriguing directions, with scholar’s topics ranging from Gaiety Girls to Anglican aesthetics. Amongst the most fascinating recent additions is the work of independent historian Sean Creighton, whose wide interests cover the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the Workers Educational Association and – last but not least – the Edwardian Roller Skating Boom.
In June of this year Sean gave two talks on the Roller Skating Boom, both of which are available to listen to online at The National Archives and the Institute of Historical Research. Get your skates on…
For better or worse, the 2012 Olympics are almost upon us. Those Edwardian scholars who are not glued to the feats of present-day runners, jumpers and freewheeling divers may be tempted to turn their minds back to London’s first bite of the Olympic apple in 1908. A selection of images from the 1908 games – in which just thirty-seven women took part – can be found on the official Olympic website.