Sporting Heritage, Photography and TV Conference

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Sporting Heritage conference is delivered in association with our lead sponsor, the Animation Academy based at Loughborough University*. 

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Drawing together information and case studies which focus on two interlinked and hugely exciting themes, this event will provide delegates with practical advice and guidance about how to look after and provide access to collections; offer hands-on opportunities; provide information about our regional networks and how to get involved; time to explore the venue and network; and crucially provide in-depth case studies which demonstrate the role and value of Sporting Heritage, Photography and TV. 

This event will bring together practitioners, volunteers, and academics active and interested in the field of the sporting past, photography and broadcast. It will aim to:

  • Explore the exhibition, display and outputs of the sporting past as captured through photography and broadcast TV

  • Provide practical skills and knowledge for the conservation and access of these collections 

  • Understand how sport, photography and broadcast inter-relates 

  • Understand where these collections are held and how better to provide access

  • Understand the importance of these collections to different audiences 

  • Understand current research in the field of sporting heritage more generally 

Day 2 will also include a seminar session with up-to-date information from our current research programme, delivered in partnership with the National Football Museum, on the wider field of sporting heritage in general. It will also support those with an interest in developing research in the field, becoming a supervisor, or looking to develop a partnership with a Higher Education Institute. 

Follow this link to view the full programme

The conference will be relevant for anyone interested in this field of work including:

  • Museum and Archive Managers 

  • Curators 

  • Education and access specialists 

  • Heritage sector volunteers 

  • Sports sector professionals and volunteers  

  • Academics 

  • Policy makers 

  • Funding bodies 

After the venue tour, delegates are invited to move across the road to Glyde House for informal drinks, networking, and the opportunity to purchase evening meals. We have a space booked to allow delegates to relax, talk, and share! 

*Further information about our sponsors: 

The Animation Academy at Loughborough University is the steering organisation for the Association of British Animation Collections, a virtual affiliation of private, institutional, and archive collections that have animation assets.The Animation Academy Collection contains pre-production materials and films from a range of animation companies. These materials are currently stored and not yet properly archived, but function as a collection that has been drawn upon for research and exhibition purposes.

The Beautiful Frame: Animation & Sport is a major exhibition at the National Football Museum, Manchester, taking place between November 2017 and February 2018. It has over 250 items and operates in 20 interventions among the established assets of the Museum.The curation of the exhibition, partly prompted by the Animation Academy’s research projects in Animation and Public Engagement, and Archives in the Gallery, and Loughborough University’s status as the World’s leading University for Sport, has been themed to speak to different audiences and constituencies.

The Animation Academy views Sporting Heritage as potentially highly significant partners and collaborators in future research and exhibition initiatives. Animation is still an under-researched and under-celebrated area of creative practice and production. Across the world since 1899 to the present day, Animation shares an important relationship with Sport, and as such, this material represents an area of legacy and heritage requiring further engagement and exploration. 


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The National Science and Media Museum is located in the centre of Bradford Yorkshire. 

Address: Little Horton Ln, Bradford BD1 1NQ.

For directions on arriving at the venue by bus, train, car or on foot, please visit the museum’s website at the following link:

For those looking for accommodation within walking distance of the museum, there are several reasonably priced hotels in the city, including: 

The Holiday Inn Express

Jurys Inn 

The Bradford Hotel 

The Midland 

Is there a conference dinner or event planned on the evening of Day 1?

After the venue tour, delegates are invited to move across the road to Glyde House for informal drinks, networking, and the opportunity to purchase evening meals. We have a space booked to allow delegates to relax, talk, and share! 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Justine Reilly at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, but please email Justine Reilly at with details as soon as possible

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes, but please email Justine Reilly at with details as soon as possible