Broadcasting legend Lord Melvyn Bragg has joined the anniversary celebrations for sports historians at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).In Conversation: Lord Melvyn Bragg at DMU, where he took part in our Cultural Exchanges festivalLord Bragg has written a special essay on his lifelong love of football for a report marking the 21st anniversary of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC).“Football is the lingua-franca of total strangers,” he writes in his closing paragraphs. “What began with working-class men looking for a way to be more human, has become a major world expression of the quality of life to be found still not too far from the end of your street.
“And just to add to the wonder, here we have a university centre in Leicester devoted to all these things and more, celebrating its 21st anniversary. Bravo the International Centre for Sports History and Culture. “You are the only one in Europe but who could doubt for a moment the cultural significance of what you teach and research? Here’s to the next 21 (and an Arsenal v Carlisle FA Cup Final).”RELATED NEWS:* Discover more about DMU's sports history courses at our next open day* Online biographies of sporting legends written by DMU sports historians* United nations of students joins prestigious Fifa MA The ICSHC anniversary report covers staff past and present, student success, research projects, books published, and its wide-ranging work to bring the study of sport into the public domain. This included a 30-part BBC series, Sport and the British with Clare Balding, and the British Consulate on an innovative public exhibition as part of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Closer to home, they helped celebrate the anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup win and write the matchday programmes of all Leicester City home games. The ICSHC director Professor Martin Polley describes it as “in the best traditions of televised sport, a highlights package.” He added: “Above all, we want to celebrate the people – staff and students – who have all helped to make what the ICSHC is today and what it will continue to be a we move into the next stage of our history.”
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