Number of items in collection: 308

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Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

Oral history interviews documenting the lives and careers of British sportsmen and women throughout the twentieth century, including tennis players, swimmers, and track, field and road athletes.  The collection also includes interviews with those involved in the coaching and teaching of sport, and those who witnessed historic sporting events.

This collection includes a five-part interview with Revd Nick Stacey, which ranges across his long career in sport, the clergy and social services.  As with all oral history recordings, the views expressed in the interview are solely those of the interviewee.  In the case of this recording, there are some descriptions of the culture of social services in the 1970s and 1980s which people may find disturbing, and which the Library in no way condones. However, as first-hand testimony of a period in our recent past we believe that it is important for the interview to continue to be available to researchers.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

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