Simon Inglis is an author and architectural historian specialising in sport. Based in north west London since 1984, he has written a number of books on stadiums, sporting architecture and football history and gives regular lectures to a wide variety of organisations, clubs and educational institutions.
He is a passionate and entertaining speaker on Britain’s sporting heritage, especially its historic sports architecture and landscapes. In his illustrated talk, “Played in Richmond” – sport and recreation since 1666, he will be looking in particular at our local area.
Born and brought up in Birmingham, Simon Inglis wrote his first words on football and football grounds at the age of six, following a visit to Villa Park. He went on to study History and the History of Architecture at University College London, trained as a teacher in Leeds, taught history at a comprehensive school in Walthamstow and travelled in Central and South America before becoming a freelance journalist in Manchester.
Played in London is his latest book for the Played in Britain series, following on from Played in Manchester, Engineering Archie and A Load of Old Balls. He also co-wrote Played in Birmingham and Great Lengths. Simon has curated exhibitions on football and stadium architecture for the Building Centre (London) and the British Council (touring to China, Thailand, Egypt, South Africa and Qatar), and acted as a consultant to Sport England on the National Stadium project during the late 1990s.
This event is free to members of the Richmond Local History Society.
Non-members are very welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door. We don’t sell advance tickets – there is no need to book as the venue has plenty of space and you can be sure to find a seat.