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The Crease At Warwick Conference
will be able romp through four centuries in six hours at a unique
conference dedicated to the history of the game at the University of
historians of the game and fans will gather to discuss topics ranging
across the sport’s varied past next month.
is believed to be the first time that a university conference covering
cricket has been held.
was organised by Joan Lane of Warwick University’s history
department, who was looking for a subject that could appeal to people
from non-academic as well as academic backgrounds.
lifelong member of Worcestershire CCC, Dr Lane knew that there would
be many aficionados of the game keen to find out about more its varies
such as Dr Lane’s husband’s great-grandfather Roger Iddison
(right) give the game a unique history.
was captain of Yorkshire for nine years in the 1860s, and was a
professional in the days when only amateurs were considered to be
used to be an apprentice to a rug-maker, a butcher, and was also a
commission agent - a bookie.
seemed to find a way to keep the money coming in and I think he was
quite a trade unionist kind of cricketer.
was quite prepared to clear out his cricketers and say they
wouldn’t play if the rate of pay wasn’t good enough.”
at the conference on 14 October include Peter Wynne-Thomas, from the
Association of Cricket Statisticians on the early 17th century roots
of cricket; WG Grace biographer Simon Rae, MCC archivist Stephen
Green, who will give an illustrated talk on how cricket has been
portrayed in paintings, and Lincoln Allison from Warwick University,
speaking on the commercial modern era.
who wants to book a place at the conference should contact Dr Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible, as numbers have to be finalised shortly.
is going through upheaval at the moment and although cricket-lovers
look at these changes and take them on board I think they are
you go into any cricket club or pavilion it’s always filled with
believe this is the first university conference on cricket, and I
hope it leads to others around the country.
isn’t just for academic people, it just happens to be taking place
on a campus.”