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03 April 2019Beer and Skittles - Fun and Games down at the Local
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Beer and Skittles - Fun and Games down at the Local Simon Inglis Wednesday 03 April 2019

Aunt Sally in Oxfordshire, Toad in the Hole in East Sussex, daddlums in Kent and bagatelle in Chester - they sound like relics of a bygone age, and yet the pub games of Britain live on, in all their infinite variety and eccentric spendour. Some, like darts (whose familiar board is a surprisingly recent creation), have achieved international renown, while tenpin bowling is merely a modern version of skittles. Other games, such as shove ha'penny and quoits, have barely changed in centuries. In this lecture Simon Inglis guides us through winners and losers of pub games, and reveals some of the extraordinary artefacts to be found in the nooks and crannies of Britain's historic hostelries. 


Writer and historian Simon Inglis specalises in the architecture and heritage of sport and recreation. Since 2004 he has edited the Played in Britain series for English Heritage. Although sport and recreation might seem an unlikely subject for The Arts Society, non-sporty types need have no fear. Simon's themes are architecture, design, heritage and popular culture. After a history degree at University College London, he freelanced for various publications, including the Guardian, Observer and Radio Times. He has curated exhibitions for the Building Centre and the British Council, has been a regular contributor to radio and television, has travelled and lectured extensively, and written a number of books. Two were shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, while another, on British football grounds, was chosen by journalist Frank Keating as the best sports book of the 20th century. A recent highpoint in his work for English Heritage was the listing of a 1970s skatepark in Essex, a world first that made the 10 o'clock news.


Image:   Nine Pin Bar Skittles - The Cock, Broom, Bedfordshire

Source:  Russ Hamer, Wikimedia Commons