Swimming Communities in Victorian England

Swimming Communities in Victorian England

In many respects, the professional swimming community contributed to their demise by failing to establish their own ... and the communities that surrounded them, had all but disappeared from the British swimming scene by the outbreak of ...

Author: Dave Day

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030209407

Category: History

Page: 308

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This book explores how different constituencies influenced the development of nineteenth-century swimming in England, and highlights the central role played by swimming professors. These professionals were influential in inspiring participation in swimming, particularly among women, well before the amateur community created the Amateur Swimming Association, and this volume outlines some key life-courses to illustrate their working practices. Female exhibitors were important to professors and chapter three discusses these natationists and their impact on women’s swimming. Subsequent chapters address the employment opportunities afforded by new swimming baths and the amateur community that formed clubs and a national organization, which excluded swimming professors, many of whom subsequently worked successfully abroad. Dave Day and Margaret Roberts argue that the critical role played by professors in developing swimming has been forgotten, and suggest that their story is a reminder that individuals were just as important to the foundation of modern sport as the formation of amateur organizations.
Categories: History

Women in Sports History

Women in Sports History

Patrick Chaplin, Darts in England, 1900–39 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), 121–2; 174–81. ... 2018); Dave Day and Margaret Roberts, Swimming Communities in Victorian England (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019); Rafaelle ...

Author: Carol A. Osborne

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000737585

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

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This book examines the developments in women’s sports history in Britain in the last 10 years, following on from its successful predecessor Women and Sport History (2010). It considers what has changed and what continuities persist drawing on a series of contributions from authors who are active in the field. The chapters included in this book cover a broad time frame and range of topics such as the history of women’s football in Scotland and England; women’s role in rugby leagues; women’s sport during World War II; and female participation in American football, cricket and cycling. Written and edited during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the book also reflects on the possible implications of the pandemic on women’s sport. In doing so, it highlights the diversity of research currently being undertaken in the field and touches on areas which remain overlooked or underdeveloped. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Sport in History.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Shifting Currents

Shifting Currents

Notice again the assumption that you 31 will want your face out of the water even after you learn to swim. ... 97; David Day and Margaret Roberts, Swimming Communities in Victorian England (Manchester, 2019), p. 8 and passim; Love, ...

Author: Karen Eva Carr

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789145779

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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A deep dive into the history of aquatics that exposes centuries-old tensions of race, gender, and power at the root of many contemporary swimming controversies. Shifting Currents is an original and comprehensive history of swimming. It examines the tension that arose when non-swimming northerners met African and Southeast Asian swimmers. Using archaeological, textual, and art-historical sources, Karen Eva Carr shows how the water simultaneously attracted and repelled these northerners—swimming seemed uncanny, related to witchcraft and sin. Europeans used Africans’ and Native Americans’ swimming skills to justify enslaving them, but northerners also wanted to claim water’s power for themselves. They imagined that swimming would bring them health and demonstrate their scientific modernity. As Carr reveals, this unresolved tension still sexualizes women’s swimming and marginalizes Black and Indigenous swimmers today. Thus, the history of swimming offers a new lens through which to gain a clearer view of race, gender, and power on a centuries-long scale.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Goldfish in the Parlour

Goldfish in the Parlour

The Victorian craze for marine life Professor John Simons ... For some account of the kinds of swimming displays put on, see Ray, D. and Roberts, M., Swimming Communities in Victorian England (London: Palgrave, 2019).

Author: Professor John Simons

Publisher: Sydney University Press

ISBN: 9781743328736

Category: Science

Page: 321

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“For the first time, fish became our companions and a corner of many a Victorian parlour was given over to housing tiny fragments of their world enclosed in glass.” The experience of seeing a fish swimming in a glass tank is one we take for granted now but in Victorian England this was a remarkable sight. People had simply not been able to see fish as they now could with the invention of the aquarium and everything that went with it. Goldfish in the Parlour looks at the boom in the building of public aquariums, as well as the craze for home aquariums and visiting the seaside, during the reign of Queen Victoria. Furthermore, this book considers how people see and meet animals and, importantly, in what institutions and in what contexts these encounters happen. John Simons uncovers the sweeping consequences of the Victorian obsession with marine animals by looking at naturalist Frank Buckland’s Museum of Economic Fish Culture and the role of fish in the Victorian economy, the development of angling as a sport divided along class lines, the seeding of Empire with British fish and comparisons with aquarium building in Europe, USA and Australia. Goldfish in the Parlour interrogates the craze that took over Victorian England when aquariums “introduced” fish to parks, zoos and parlours.
Categories: Science

Leisure and Recreation in a Victorian Mining Community

Leisure and Recreation in a Victorian Mining Community

The Social Economy of Leisure in North-east England, 1820-1914 Alan Metcalfe ... Swimming had a long history in Britain.73 From the 1830s professional swimmers visited many cities . The development of clubs and galas was related to the ...

Author: Alan Metcalfe

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415356970

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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This text explores recreational life during a period of economic and social change which was important to bring meaning and pleasure to the lives, often described as 'horrendous', of Victorian miners in the north-east of England.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Histories of Women s Work in Global Sport

Histories of Women s Work in Global Sport

This chapter adds to the limited literature on this social group through an exploration of female swimming teachers, ... 4Dave Day, “Class, Gender and Employment in England's Victorian Public Baths,” ISHPES Conference, Paris, France, ...

Author: Georgia Cervin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030269098

Category: History

Page: 347

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Sport has never been a man’s world. As this volume shows, women have served key roles not only as athletes and spectators, but as administrators, workers, decision-makers, and leaders in sporting organizations around the world. Contributors excavate scarce archival material to uncover histories of women’s work in sport, from swimming teachers in nineteenth-century England to national sports administrators in twentieth-century Côte d’Ivoire, and many places in between. Their work has been varied, holding roles as teachers, wives, and secretaries in sporting contexts around the world, often with diplomatic functions—including at the 1968 and 1992 Olympic Games. Finally, this collection shows how gender initiatives have developed in sporting institutions in Europe and international sport federations today. With a foreword by Grégory Quin and afterword by Anaïs Bohuon, this is a pioneering study into gender and women’s work in global sport.
Categories: History

A History of Sports Coaching in Britain

A History of Sports Coaching in Britain

16For fuller details on the Beckwith family and swimming community, see Dave Day, '“What Girl Will Now Remain Ignorant of Swimming?” Agnes Beckwith, Aquatic Entertainer and Victorian Role Model', Women's History Review 21, no.

Author: Dave Day

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317686309

Category: History

Page: 273

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At the London Olympics in 2012 Team GB achieved a third place finish in the medals table. A key factor in this achievement was the high standard of contemporary British sports coaching. But how has British sports coaching transitioned from the amateur to the professional, and what can the hitherto under-explored history of sports coaching in Britain tell us about both the early history of sport and about contemporary coaching practice? A History of Sports Coaching in Britain is the first book to attempt to examine the history of British sports coaching, from its amateur roots in the deep nineteenth century to the high performance, high status professional coaching cultures of today. The book draws on original primary source material, including the lost coaching lives of key individuals in British coaching, to trace the development of coaching in Britain. It assesses the continuing impact of the nineteenth-century amateur ethos throughout the twentieth century, and includes important comparisons with developments in international coaching, particularly in North America and the Eastern Bloc. The book also explores the politicisation of sport and the complicated interplay between politics and coaching practice, and illuminates the origins of the structures, organisations and philosophies that surround performance sport in Britain today. This book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the history of sport, sports coaching, sports development, or the relationships between sport and wider society.
Categories: History

At Swim

At Swim

Many of the more remote swimming spots used to be for men only, in part due to the tendency of men to swim naked and frighten children and horses in Victorian times, for which they were banished to remote and often dangerous spots ...

Author: Brendan Mac Evilly

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 9781848895850

Category: Travel

Page: 191

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Sea swimming is the great leveller; we’re all the same in a pair of togs. No one minds who you are or what you’ve done; the question is ‘are you getting in?’ Popular for centuries, sea swimming has had a recent surge in interest, with a growing community now taking the plunge. Brendan Mac Evilly and Michael O’Reilly, enthusiastic members of this bathing fraternity, chart their adventures in forty-three of Ireland’s most enticing places to swim. Along the way, they meet artists who come to the sea for inspiration and distance swimmers undertaking marathon sea swims. Their conversations with local dippers touch on the history and lore of these stunning locations and confirm Ireland’s vibrant sea-swimming culture. Part guidebook, part travelogue, part analysis of our relationship with the sea, At Swim explores the thrills, fears and joys of sea swimming.
Categories: Travel

Strokes of Genius

Strokes of Genius

We owe the development of recreational swimming to the much worthier civic amenities that were built in English cities during the nineteenth century. When indoor pools were no longer seen as a means of providing basic hygiene and ...

Author: Eric Chaline

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780238906

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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What could be better than diving into cool water on a hot day? In this enormously enjoyable and informative history of swimming, Eric Chaline sums up this most summery of moments with one phrase: pleasure beckons at the water’s edge. Strokes of Genius traces the history of swimming from the first civilizations to its current worldwide popularity as a sport, fitness pastime, and leisure activity. Chaline explores swimming’s role in ritual, early trade and manufacturing, warfare, and medicine, before describing its transformation in the early modern period into a leisure activity and a competitive sport—the necessary precursors that have made it the most common physical pastime in the developed world. The book celebrates the physicality and sensuality of swimming—attributes that Chaline argues could have contributed to the evolution of the human species. Swimming, like other disciplines that use repetitive movements to train the body and quiet the mind, is also a means of spiritual awakening—a personal journey of discovery. Swimming has attained the status of a cultural marker, denoting eroticism, leisure, endurance, adventure, exploration, and excellence. Strokes of Genius shows that there is not a single story of human swimming, but many currents that merge, diverge, and remerge. Chaline argues that swimming will become particularly important as we look toward a warmer future in which our survival may depend on our ability to adapt to life in an aquatic world.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

A Social History of Swimming in England 1800 1918

A Social History of Swimming in England  1800     1918

As part of their service to the community Scouts and Guides were expected to be able to swim so that they could render ... This sense of duty at home and abroad became an important and striking feature of Victorian life, and influenced ...

Author: Christopher Love

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317970286

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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Covering a time of great social and technological change, this history traces the development of the four classic aquatic disciplines of competitive swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo, with its main focus on racing. Working from the beginnings of municipal recreational swimming, the book fully explores the links between swimming and other aspects of English life society including class, education, gender, municipal governance, sexuality and the Victorian invention of the sports amateur-professional divide. Uniquely focused on swimming -often neglected in analytic sports histories- this is the first study of its kind and will be an important landmark in the establishment of swimming history as a topic of scholarly investigation. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Categories: Sports & Recreation