In January the funding for the first round of funding was awarded to Early Career and PhD researches, enabling them to undertake further research in the field of Sports History. One of the winners was Lydia Furse, a PhD student who is examining aspects the History of Rugby. She used her funding to take a trip to Paris. This is Lydia's report from her trip:
'Paris! What a fantastic way to spend four days filled with culture and rich research. Thanks to the British Society for Sports History, I was able to travel to France’s capital city during the height of February’s false summer. Sunshine added even more to the beauty of the historic city, which held several secrets I was intrigued to explore in order to further my research interests in the history of women in rugby union.
I spent two and a half days at the Rugby Europe office, examining the archives of the Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur (F.I.R.A.). A final day was consecrated to the records held at the Stade Elisabeth, which proved to be another interesting archival source. I also profited from the trip to squeeze in a few cultural highlights, including the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, Pont des Arts, the Invalides, and generally enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Paris in spring. The holocaust and deportation memorial was particularly poignant, as were the plaques on school walls which commemorated the Jewish children who had been deported and lost their lives from that district.
This trip was exceedingly useful to inform aspects of my research which I aim to prepare for publication soon. I am extremely grateful to the British Society for Sports History for creating this opportunity for postgraduate and early career scholars and awarding me a share of the inaugural funding. '
Lydia, everyone at the BSSH is really pleased you had such a fruitful and enjoyable trip, we look forward to hearing about your findings soon!
For all those interested in future Postgraduate/Early Career researcher funding, the details for the next round of funding will appear in the spring.