Identity in the “Road Racing Capital of the World”

Some interesting new thoughts on the Isle of Man TT Races with its impact in Manx identity are given in a new paper by Ray Moore, Matthew Richardson and Claire Corkill in a paper for the Sport, Heritage and Tourism special issue of the Journal of Heritage Tourism. This editorial blog by the editor, Greg Ramshaw, gives a flavor of this research.

Sport Heritage Review

I am pleased to announce the online publication of Identity in the “Road Racing Capital of the World”: heritage, geography and contested spaces by Ray Moore of the University of YorkMatthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage & Claire Corkill, University of YorkThis paper is part of the special “Sport, Heritage, and Tourism” issue of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, available in its entirety this autumn.

From the abstract:

This article explores the complex relationship between sport and landscape and their role in the expression and maintenance of identity. While discussions have typically emphasised the role taken by stadia and sporting venues in the development and expression of sporting and national identities, fewer have considered the role taken by the wider landscape. It is this landscape that provides the context in which many sports are enacted and watched and it is through the embodied actions and experiences…

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Exhibition Review. Valhalla: examining Viking burials in the British Isles.

The Valhalla: In Search of the Viking Dead exhibition in York, curated by York Archaeological Trust in association with the Chapter of York Minster and Manx National Heritage, takes a broad brush to examine the archaeological evidence for Viking burial in the British Isles using illustrative material from the recent Hungate excavations in York and the Isle of Man.

First impressions are excellent, the exhibition utilises the space in the former shop well with nicely lit displays and professionally designed boards, and is well positioned round the corner from the famous Jorvik Viking Centre. The intention of the exhibition is obviously to build upon the groundwork of knowledge established by other presentations in and around York, particularly Jorvik, exploring the more esoteric, religious aspects of Viking life in the city and elsewhere. During our visit we were fortunate enough to catch one of the excellent tours by one of the attendants (dressed in Viking garb) who provided an engaging and entertaining overview of the Viking burial evidence in Britain. This highlighted the continued importance of the well-informed guide when compared to more consistent, and often dehumanised, audio-visual displays which have become the vogue in many museum presentations.

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