National Sporting Heritage Day, 30 September 2015

National Sporting Heritage Day aims to raise awareness of the rich sporting heritage that exists in the UK.

Cricket and football in the Hill Papers

Cricket and football in the Hill Papers

We’re taking a quick run through our collections to see what might be highlighted. Most well-known is the wild swimming in the Roger Deakin Archive but there’s also the establishment of the Theta Sailing Club in Norfolk (see our earlier blog).

Cricket and football memorabilia from the 1930s are included in the papers of John Hill (Con. MP), with additional correspondence included up to 1999.

Hill was Captain of Merton College (Oxford) Cricket Club and also played for the Grasshoppers Cricket Club, Woking, and Esher Cricket Club.

Hill played goalkeeper for Corinthian Football Club, and for Oxford University where he received a “blues award”. He played for and was a committee member of Old Carthusian Football Club (Charterhouse old boys).

Keeping the water in the pail ©University of East Anglia

Keeping the water in the pail ©University of East Anglia

Memorabilia from all these clubs include fixtures booklets, dinner menus, photos, correspondence, and press-cuttings. A tiny “Flicker” book shows Don Bradman in motion and teaches “on drive and off drive”.

The UEA Collection contains some slides and photographs of individual and group sporting activities at UEA as well as some fun sports days for staff, all of them long before the current Sportspark was built.



Journals from the 1970s include UEA Sport and Score.

If you would like to take a more in depth look at these collections please contact


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