Archives throw a light on roots of women’s sporting prominence
Anyone with even a passing interest in sport will be excited by the sensational summer of sport surrounding us at the moment – with women at the forefront.
We’ve seen Markéta Vondroušová winning the Wimbledon’s women’s championship for the first time, the England cricket team holding the mighty Australians to a draw across the Ashes tournament and the England football team in the World Cup with dreams of building on their European Championships victory.
But while women’s sport may be starting to enjoy the recognition and respect it deserves, female participation in sport is nothing new.
To illustrate that point, researchers at North Yorkshire’s County Record Office have dipped into the archive to present these images of women in sport in North Yorkshire dating back to the 19th century.
The archive images on this page are among more than 6,500 available at the County Record Office. Browse the collection or buy photos.
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