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The Oral History of British Athletics (Sound & Moving Image Catalogue no: C790) collection is a rolling programme of life story interviews with British athletes. The records reference class differences; the shift from amateur to professional status between the 1930s and 1970s; the emergence of organisational structures for athletes in that period; the (slowly) changing attitudes towards women in sport; the rise of disabled people’s sporting profile; the evolution of drug and gender testing; and politics in sport (such as the murder of protesting athletes at Mexico Olympics in 1968; and sporting boycotts), They can be found at In addition, the British Library spent some time compiling information related to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a record of literature etc. associated with the Game.

This collection entry was last updated on 13/07/2015. Information incorrect or out-of-date?