Winning Endeavours, celebrating sport in London’s archives

Please note that the project is coming to an end in December 2012 and from that date will only be available through the UK Web Archive.

Winning Endeavours, a venture led by AfL with London Metropolitan Archives and archives throughout the capital, digitized 1,700 images relating to London’s Olympic History and published these online at  The website showcases documents, photographs, newspaper articles and ephemera relating to the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games, to London Olympians and other Olympic Games in which London organisations have been involved, and some general images on sport in London.

To celebrate the launch of the website we held outreach and interpretation hosted by archives in London. Sessions included ‘Field of Dreams’ family outdoor activities, working with a costumed interpreter, a local history quiz, egg and spoon races and a booth where participants were asked to draw themselves and place themselves into an Olympic stadium as a spectator, official or athlete.  We also ran talks and guided walks.

Big Wheel Theatre Company ran seven family events during February half-term at seven different venues, which included performances of national anthems and recreations of famous Olympic races and events. Big Wheel also faciltated training sessions for practitioners wishing to use sporting themes in their outreach programmes.

AfL would like to thank the following repositories who have contributed material relating to London's Olympic history to the project:

Bishopsgate Institute Archives 
Brent Community History Library and Archives 
British Library Newspaper Library 
British Postal Museum and Archive 
Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies 
Ealing Local History Centre 
Essex Record Office 
Great Ormond Street Hospital Archive 
Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre 
Hillingdon Local Studies Archives and Museum Service 
Historic Advertising Trust 
International Paralympic Archive via Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies 
Kingston Museum and Heritage Service 
Library and Museum of Freemasonry 
London Metropolitan Archives 
Parliamentary Archives 
Royal London Hospital Archives 
Saint Bartholomew's Hospital Archive and Museum 
Scout Association Archive 
Surrey History Centre 
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive 
Transport For London Archives 
TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University 
University of Westminster Archive

Winning Endeavours was very pleased to be awarded Archive Pace Setter status by the National Council on Archives in the summer.

If you have any questions about the Winning Endeavours project please contact Nicola Avery at

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