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Historical Event, Thu 28 Nov 2019, free entry

Lunchtime Talk: Yorkshire Cricket and the First Wo

Lunchtime Talk: Yorkshire Cricket and the First Wo


Over two million British men were injured or killed in the First World War. Millions more people supported the war effort at home – in factories, fields or by keeping essential services going. In these circumstances, how could something as trivial as cricket continue? For some, it was not acceptable; for others, watching or playing sport were reasonable responses to government calls to ‘carry on’.

Drawing on research for his book _A Game Sustained: The impact of the First World War 1914-20,_ Jeremy Lonsdale will talk about what happened to cricket at all levels in Yorkshire between 1914 and 1918; how it kept going with so many men away; how its top league managed to attract a number of famous cricketers to play at weekends; and how, when peace came, cricket resumed its place in county life in 1919 and 1920.

It is a story of divided opinions and of guilt and uncertainty about the correct way to behave. It is also the story of efforts to sustain traditions and to keep some sense of normality at a time of crisis.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 28 Nov 2019 13:00 to 14:00


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.



    Calverley Street,
    LS1 3AB



    See location of Leeds Central Library on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 298338  Lat: 53.79966 Long: -1.54903

    By Car:

    Follow signs for Leeds city centre. On approaching the city, follow signs for the City Loop. The loop road take you past the Library on the right (just after the Town Hall), with the closest car park being The Light.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds train station, walk up Park Row to The Headrow. Cross the road and turn left. The Library is next to the Art Gallery on your right, with and outdoor chessboard, outside the entance. There are two entrances - one for disabled access and one via steps.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality