Friday, 22 November 2013

The Bedford Physical Education Archive

As many of you start to think about dissertation topics, I wanted to highlight a brilliant resource here at Bedford which you might not yet have come across: The Bedford Physical Education Archive. The archive contains loads of items and documents from 1903 to the present day, from the UoB Bedford campus' previous incarnations as Bedford Physical Training College, the Bedford College of Physical Education and DMU. What is now UoB Bedford began life as a PE college for women and there is some fascinating material in there (including things like the old PE and games uniforms!) which could be really useful for anyone looking at the history of physical education or sport and social history. The webpages tell you more about what is in the archive, upcoming plans and events, and how to contact and visit them (scroll right down the page to find the left-hand menu to navigate through the different sections). They also have a Facebook page.

They're about to release a DVD about the college during the World Wars, and the roles that the students played; there'll be a launch event on December 1st.

I hope some of you might be able to make use of this fantastic resource. If you have any questions, do get in touch with the archive staff.

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