This Year's West London Local History Conference to Focus on Sport

'Play the Game' looks at football, rugby, cricket and others in the past

This Year's West London Local History Conference to Focus on Sport

The 42nd West London Local History Conference this year has been entitled ‘Play The Game’ and will be looking more closely at sport in the past in south and west London.

Taking place online on Saturday 26 November, the first talk will be by Simon Inglis, author of Played in London, followed by

Philip Boyes on cricket & other sports on Wandsworth Common, Graeme Roberts on the History of Harlequins Rugby Club, Caitlin Davies, author of Downstream, on Thames swimming & Rob Jex on Brentford FC & the growth of professional football.

Tickets for the one-day virtual conference which cost £15 can be purchased online.

The onference sponsored by the local history societies for Acton, Barnes & Mortlake,Brentford & Chiswick, Fulham & Hammersmith, Hounslow, Richmond, Twickenham, Wandsworth and the West Middlesex Family History Society. It is the third time that the conference has been held virtually.  

PROGRAMME for 26 November

9.45 Zoom meeting opens to admit participants

10.00 Welcome and introduction to the way the online conference will operate

Val Bott, Editor, Brentford & Chiswick Local History Journal & Conference Co-Chairman

10.10 Played in West and South West London

Simon Inglis , creator of the Played in Britain series & author of Played in London  

11.00 BREAK

11.30 Turf Wars: How cricket & other sports transformed Wandsworth Common

Philip Boys,  whose chronicles the Common's richly diverse past

12.15 Travels with the Jester from Hampstead to Twickenham: The story of HarlequinsRugby Club

Graeme Roberts, a member of the Harlequin Heritage Team

1.00 LUNCH

2.00 Welcome back and introduction to the afternoon sessions

Neil Robson, Editor, Wandsworth Historian & Conference Co-Chairman

2.15 'Downstream' – a history of s wimming in the Thames, between Twickenham and Battersea

Caitlin Davies , author of Downstream

3.00 Brentford FC & the development of professional football in West London

Rob Jex , a Brentford Football Club Historian

3.45 Thanks and summary of the day’s proceedings  

4.00 Conference ends

The Conference starts at 10.00am. As the organisers are expecting a large number of people to join they will open the Zoom session at 9.45am to give time for everyone to assemble. Remember they will be able to hear anything you say as you join in.

When the conference starts the hosts will mute everyone's microphones because background noises can be intrusive.

There will be a short time after each contribution for questions. You can type them using the chat facility and they will show up during the session.

If you wish to join the discussion or make a comment then either type into chat, wave your hand, un-mute your microphone or, if the chair hasn't spotted you, perhaps say "hello". Whoever is chairing the session will bring you in.

There will be a mid-morning break and a lunch break. If you need to leave the conference during the talks but intend to return it is best to turn off your video and mute your sound but stay online.


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October 21, 2022