Diversity and inclusion are key issues in the world of sport today, and History as a discipline has also been reflecting on how it can become more inclusive in recent years. As such, it is only fitting that the BSSH puts inclusion front and centre, and takes concrete steps to address change as an organisation.
In late 2020, the BSSH co-opted two new Trustees to the Board, explicitly tasked with exploring how to make the BSSH more inclusive, both internally (as an organisation) and externally (as one of the leading voices for sports history in the UK). Since then, some initial steps have been taken, including a survey of our current membership and the launch of our new BSSH Community History Award for 2021 (which this year seeks to support research exploring underrepresented Black and Minority Ethnic community sports history).
We have a variety of other ideas about how to move forward in making the BSSH more inclusive, but welcome suggestions and feedback from our membership at all times. If you would like to get in contact with our Inclusivity Reps, please email Lydia Furse (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Adam Burns (email@example.com).
As further progress is made, we will provide updates on our progress on these pages, so please do come back and check in from time to time!