Sports Heritage Network Conference
Sports Heritage Network
Moving the Goalposts:
Sport in Transition, 2012
- Guest speakers from academic, sporting and business backgrounds
come together to deliver flagship sports heritage conference
- Lord's Cricket Ground, Thursday 19th April
2012, 10.00 - 20.00
- Tickets: adults £90, concessions* £70
Lord's Cricket Ground is hosting the first Sports Heritage
Network (SHN) conference: "Moving the Goalposts: Sport in
Transition, 2012" on Thursday 19th April 2012.
The all-day conference will examine contemporary and historical
issues in sport and represents a fantastic event for fans, students
and people who work in sport, in the build up to the London 2012
Summer Olympic Games.
The event will be hosted by sports journalist and presenter John
Inverdale, with a keynote speech by triple jump world record holder
and former Olympic champion, Jonathan Edwards.
An abundance of guest speakers will present throughout the day,
including former GB Athletics team captain Sir Menzies Campbell
(MP); Olympians Guin Batten and Liz McColgan; esteemed cricket
journalist and past President of MCC, Christopher Martin-Jenkins;
and acclaimed historian David Kynaston.
The day will be split into several sections, and will incorporate
two keynote addresses, panel discussions and small group sessions,
each delivered by experts and personalities from academia, sport
and business. Several themes will be developed throughout the
day, such as how life as an elite athlete has changed over time;
the role of sport in culture and wider society; and the importance
of the 2012 Olympic legacy.
Speaking about the event, author, journalist and former England
cricketer, Ed Smith, said:
"Lord's - one of the most special places in all sport - is the
perfect place to reflect on the role of sport in the modern world.
In this Olympic year, sport has never been a more central
part of national life."
Refreshments, a buffet lunch and a short tour of the Ground are
also included in the conference package, in addition to an evening
drinks reception and canapés in the award-winning J.P. Morgan Media
The event has been organised by the MCC Museum, in conjunction with
the World Rugby Museum, De Montfort University and the University
Tickets for the day cost £90 for adults and £70 for concessions*,
and can be booked online at www.lords.org/shn or by
contacting 020 7616 8657 or 020 7616 8595.
- Ends -
Notes to editors:
* Concessions: students in possession of an NUS card and
- Guin Batten - won a silver medal in the quadruple skull at the
Sydney Olympics, and holds the world record for the fastest solo
crossing of the English Channel in an Olympic class rowing
- Sir Menzies Campbell - former leader of the Liberal Democrat
Party, past captain of GB Athletics team, and previous holder of
the British record for the 100 metres.
- Tony Collins - Director of the International Centre for Sports
History and Culture at De Montfort University. Historian of sport,
with a special interest in Rugby Football.
- Jonathan Edwards - former triple jump world record holder and
Olympic gold medallist.
- Roy Headey - Head of Sports Science at the RFU.
- John Inverdale - sports broadcaster and journalist.
- Christopher Martin-Jenkins - cricket broadcaster, journalist,
and former President of MCC.
- Dan Jones - Lead Partner of the Sports Business group for
- David Kynaston - author and historian.
- Liz McColgan - 10,000 metres Olympic silver medalist, and
former winner of the New York, Tokyo and London Marathons.
- Henry Olonga - journalist and former Zimbabwe Test
- Martin Polley - author, broadcaster andsenior lecturer in sport
at the University of Southampton.
- Ed Smith - author, journalist and former England Test
- Rob Steen - sportswriter and senior lecturer in sports
journalism at the University of Brighton.
The Sports Heritage Network (SHN) was established in 2003 to
promote interest in Britain's unique sports heritage.
The MCC Museum at Lord's Cricket Ground is one of over 400
sports heritage collections in museums, libraries and archives
across the country: www.lords.org/shn
The combined experience of these museums and a passionate belief
in the power of sporting objects to inspire people motivated the
SHN to launch the "Our Sporting Life" project in 2008: http://oursportinglife.co.uk/
Filming & Photography Manager
Lord's Cricket Ground
Direct Line: 020 7616 8522
Mobile: 07960 869826