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Sport seems to be as old as the human race – it is believed people have enjoyed sports for thousands of years both as a way of honing skills essential for survival, such as hunting for food, but also for their own sake. Historic artefacts and paintings demonstrate that sports such as wrestling, throwing the javelin, weightlifting, swimming and many others have been practised for thousands of years by many different societies. With the Olympics being held in London for the third time in history it seems timely to create an on-line exhibition to celebrate the Olympics and sport in general.

This exhibition of archives held at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre focuses on a small sample of sports for which we hold relevant archives. Please note, not all these sports are linked to the Olympics.