Documenting The Olympics & Paralympics June, 2020

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Hi all,

Tokyo 2020 might have been postponed till next year, but the 'Documenting the Olympics & Paralympics' symposium moved online with a shorter format. The event was a collaboration between the British Library, the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University, and the British Society of Sports History (BSSH). The event was held on Zoom on the 19th of June 2020.

The event was audio recorded and the abstracts as well as some of the slides are now available online, links below:


Laura Alexandra Brown, Northumbria University - The heritage of the Games: Interpreting urban change in Olympic host cities

Heather Dichter, De Montfort University - Finding Olympic history in non-sport archives

Robert McNicol, Librarian, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum - Researching the Olympics/Paralympics at Wimbledon

Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archives, British Library - Preserving the Olympics/Paralympics online


Audio recording:


Latest blog post about the event:


The original face-to-face event was postponed till July 2021, details will be circulated here once they are confirmed. 


All the best,