Hull’s Rugby League Heritage Double-Header – March 12th

March 12th sees Hull celebrate its rugby league heritage in two talks by Hull historians from De Montfort University.

At Hull History Centre, PhD reseracher Victoria Dawson will give a lunchtime talk on one of Hull’s pioneering women of the game, whilst The Freedom Centre on Preston Road will welcome award-winning author and historian Professor Tony Collins, who will go back to the 19th century to uncover the early history of Hull and Rovers. Professor Collins’ will treat the audience to some very rare footage of both Hull and Hull KR and is not to be missed.


‘They’ve a girl as boss of their rugby team’ – the life of rugby league pioneer Kay Ibbetson

Tuesday, 12th March: 12:30-1:30pm

Hull History Centre, Free admission

Kay Ibbetson made history within the game of rugby league. A lifelong Hull Kingston Rovers fan, she was the first female coach when she took over the reins at East Hull RFC in 1960. Victoria Dawson tells Kay’s story whilst recounting the problems of piecing together the biography of a very public woman who lived a very private life.

Hull and Rovers: Uncovering the Early History of Rugby in Hull

Professor Tony Collins, Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (De Montfort University) will be giving a talk and showing film clips of the early history of rugby in Hull.

All denominations welcome.

Tickets £2. Pay on the door – to make a reservation email or call 07875 548472

How to get there: From town centre by bus, 41 and 43.

Cafe open from 6.30pm to 7pm for refreshments.

In association with the Ivyleigh Avenue Cultural Society


About Victoria Samantha Dawson

Heritage Manager at Rugby League Cares. AHRC & RFL funded PhD student within the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. The working title of my thesis is 'Women and Rugby League: Gender, Class and Sport in the North of England, 1895-2010'.
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