Sports History and Culture

Established at De Montfort University in 1996, the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, based within the Institute of History, is today widely acknowledged as the world’s leading centre for the study of sports history, with the foremost historians in the field on its staff. Our team has produced critically acclaimed histories of football, rugby, cricket and women’s sport, British sport and much more. To read more about our work, click here

The International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Members of the Centre and their research interests are listed below. 

Professor Martin Polley –

Director, International Centre for Sports History and Culture

History of sport and leisure; history of the modern Olympic Games and their predecessors; history of sport, politics, and diplomacy; sport and gender; sports heritage; sports historiography 

Professor Matthew Taylor –

Professor of History, Director of the Institute of History

History of sport and recreation in Britain and Europe; history of boxing; work and labour relations in the entertainment industry; sport, community identities and regulation in mid-twentieth century Britain; migration of athletes and entertainers; sport and leisure in Second World War Britain; Mass Observation and sport; sport and global history; sport and the British Empire 

Dr Neil Carter –

Senior Research Fellow

History of sport and leisure in twentieth-century Britain; global history of sport and medicine in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; sport and learning disability; sport and ethnicity in twentieth- century Britain; history of coaching; sport and the state; sport and the media 

Dr Heather Dichter –

Associate Professor

The Olympic movement, international sport, mega-events, diplomacy and international relations, sport media, Germany, Europe, NATO