Other Conferences and Events supported by LSA


Recording Leisure Lives : ‘Cultures, Communities and Class in 20th Century Britain’ 27th March 2018

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



In Partnership with the Leisure Studies Association

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 culture we are particularly interested in cultural hierarchies, mass culture, religion, politics and radicalism in leisure. We remain open, however, to other interpretations. The theme of community implies spatial communities and 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 attached Booking Form. For further details please contact Bob Snape, r.snape@bolton.ac.uk or Bethan Atkins B.Atkins@bolton.ac.uk or the conference website at http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Worktown/Conferences.aspx

11th April 2017: Recording Leisure Lives: Men’s Women’s and Children’s Leisure in 20th Century Britain. Conference at The University of Bolton

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11th April 2017: Recording Leisure Lives: Men’s Women’s and Children’s Leisure in 20th Century Britain. Conference at The University of Bolton


The Centre for Worktown Studies and University Centre at Blackburn College invite you to the ninth annual Recording Leisure Lives conference on April 11th 2017.

Keynote speakers include Professor Melanie Tebbutt, (Manchester Metropolitan University), author of Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain and Dr. Fiona Skillen, (Glasgow Caledonian University), author of 'Women and Sport in Interwar Britain'.

The conference sub-themes include: Gender; Age; Youth and Youth Cultures, Clubs and Associations; Children's Leisure and Play; Education for Leisure; Families and Communities; Consumption and Identity. There is also an open stream on any aspect of leisure in 20th Century Britain.

Please submit paper proposals (20 minutes) to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk by 27th January, 2017 Cost: £40 (Full) (inc. lunch and refreshments) £25 (Students and non-waged)

For more information, including how to book, visit The Centre for Worktown Studies website

Recording Leisure Lives: Deviant, Delinquent and Degenerate Leisure in 20th Century Britain

posted 28 Oct 2015, 08:23 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 30 Oct 2015, 13:51 ]

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Recording Leisure Lives: Deviant, Delinquent and Degenerate Leisure in 20th Century Britain

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Photographs copyright Bolton Council. From the Collection of Bolton Library and Museum Services


22nd March 2016

A One Day Conference at the University of Bolton, presented by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College in partnership with the Leisure Studies Association

The Centre for Worktown Studies invites you to its eighth annual Recording Leisure Lives conference on 22nd March 2016. The theme of the conference is intended to provoke discussion and debate on what have historically been perceived as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ uses of leisure and the cultural constructions of these perceptions. It invokes consideration of policy and action intended to address ‘wrong’ uses of leisure and also that which promoted a ‘right’ use of leisure as a moral safeguard. It provides scope to pursue issues of identity in leisure, leisure and alternative lifestyles, respectability, place and space. It is of particular relevance to the leisure of young people and the voluntary organisations which have provided leisure opportunities for them; also of interest are those leisure associations which have challenged the political and cultural status quo.

Keynote speakers include Andrew Davies, (University of Liverpool) author of City of Gangs: Glasgow and the Rise of the British Gangster, and Kate Bradley (University of Kent), author of Poverty, Philanthropy and the State: Charities and the Working Classes in London 1918-1979.

The conference sub-themes are: ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ uses of leisure, moral panics, youth sub-cultures and youth organizations, sexual identities and sex tourism, criminality and leisure, places and spaces of leisure, protest and control, liminality and alternative leisure, voluntary and municipal interventions in leisure, Americanization

There is also on open stream on any aspect of leisure in 20th century Britain. Please submit paper proposals [20 minutes] to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk by 22nd January 2016.

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

See more at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Worktown/Conferences.aspx#sthash.Hza4u6gd.dpuf

Recording Leisure Lives: Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th Century Britain Tuesday 31st March 2015

posted 24 Nov 2014, 08:08 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 24 Nov 2014, 08:10 ]


Recording Leisure Lives: Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th Century Britain. Tuesday 31st March 2015.

A One Day Conference at the Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex. 

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The Centre for Worktown Studies invites you to its seventh annual Recording Leisure Lives conference on 31st March 2015 which will be held at the Mass Observation Archive in Sussex. Keynote speakers include Caitriona Beaumont, author of Housewives and Citizens: Domesticity and the Women’s Movement in England 1928-64 and Jeremy Burchardt, Head of the Interwar Rural History Research Group at the University of Reading. 

The conference sub-themes include: Home and Workplace, Urban and Rural, Clubs and Associations, Sports and Games, and Gender. There is also on open stream on any aspect of leisure in 20th Century Britain. Please submit paper proposals [20 minutes] to r.snape@bolton.ac.uk| by 16thJanuary 2015. 

Conference Website and Booking Form: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Worktown/Conferences.aspx

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