Sport and Entertainment Buildings and Landscapes NHPP Activity 4C1
Research carried out 2011-2015, to understand and help protect less known and threatened types of sports and entertainment heritage. It formed part of the National Heritage Protection Plan.
Scope of the activity
Our knowledge of sports buildings as heritage has increased in recent years. However, there were still some types of sporting and leisure heritage, which we needed to understand more about, in order to manage and protect them better. They can often mean a great deal to communities, but are often less well appreciated outside of them, were under-protected and were under pressure from re-development.
Intended protection results
- Enhanced protection of significant heritage.
- In particular, protection through statutory designations relating to the 2012 London Olympics.
Projects in this activity
We published a volume called in the popular “Played in…” series to enhance public appreciation of historic bowling greens.
Celebrating London's Sporting Heritage: The Played in London Publication Project
We have published a further volume, by Simon Inglis, also in the “Played in...” series on sports related buildings and structures in London. Using the research carried out in preparing the book, we have followed this up with a project to assess the potential for legally protecting some of the key examples- find out more about the sites listed as a result.
You can access the wider research that went into compiling the book as a free download from our website as the Directory of Sporting Assets in London.
Links to other NHPP activities
Because of a project on seaside amusement heritage, there was a thematic link to our Activity on Coastal Towns (4A3).