Oral History and Sport Conference: September 19th 2014. Professor Richard Haynes
and Sports Heritage
Professor Richard Haynes
• An intergenerational
sport heritage project in
the south of Glasgow.
• Using historical sports
media, oral history and
• Exploring links between
the sporting past and
• The pilot research and community
project aimed to explore
interpretations of local sports heritage
between different generations in
order to understand how the concept
of heritage is understood, contested
and authenticated, and assess the
role and value of sports heritage for
cultural and social change.
• The project investigated the cultural
transmission of sporting cultures of
the past, and its influence over, or
disconnection from, contemporary
sporting practices of young people.
RESEARCH AIMS & OBJECTIVES
➡Broaden connections between clubs and young
➡Engage young people in sport & exercise.
➡Shared pride in local sporting history.
➡ Raise awareness of sport in the community and
its value to local heritage.
➡ Draw on the multi-disciplinary knowledge of the
PI to connect sport, media and history.
➡ To engage communities in the use and
interpretation of sports films and visual culture.
➡ Explore the value of film and visual culture for
educational and heritage purposes.
Connecting the Past,
Present and Future
➡ Enable communities to explore the continuities
& transformations in sports cultures in their
➡ Produce sustainable connections and positive
social values around sport.
Caring for the
➡ Provide school children with a range of
experiences and transferable skills which meet the
pathways to learning as part of Scotland's
Curriculum for Excellence
Co-Creation of Methodology
With the school With the clubs
What we did
• VISIT SPORTING VENUES AND
• STUDY LOCAL HISTORIES OF
• TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR
• INTERPRET PHOTOGRAPHS AND
• CREATIVE EXPLORATION OF
• PLAY THE DIFFERENT SPORTS
CHILDREN USED OLD MAPS WITH GOOGLE MAPS, PHOTOS
AND FILM TO FORM A SENSE OF LOCAL SPORTING HISTORY
• Capturing people's memories
of the sporting past for the
• Children prepared a list of
questions in class before going
on the field trips.
• Children had the opportunity to
ask the questions and delve in
to the reminiscences of people
who have memories of playing
sport in Shawlands 20, 30, and
even 40 years ago.
Pupils linked old sports photos to
Google Maps via the app
HISTORYPIN to create a ‘digital
mapping’ of sports heritage in the
south of Glasgow
•The school hosted a coffee morning for
parents, club representatives and sports
professionals, to view their work.
Intergenerational interpretation of media
sports heritage has four potential benefits:
• Creates meaning around life experience (playing and watching sport)
• It identifies a shared communal resource which are:
1. Material - photos, film, places and objects
2. Discursive - stories, traditions, experiences
• Promotes community participation within a given social configuration
(sport in the southside of Glasgow)
• Intergenerational learning creates personal histories for:
1. Children - a sense of place, civic engagement, generational.
2. Adults - pride, identification with a club/sport, generational.