Reference number
  • S/008
  • Collection
  • 1990 - 2010
Extent and medium
  • One archive box
  • ┆Papers collected by Dr. Susan Barton during her involvement with the Special Olympics held in Leicester in 2009, in particular studying the impact and legacy of the Games. The collection includes notes from meetings, research notes, ephemera, programmes and reports.
Administrative history
  • ┆Dr Susan Barton is an honorary research fellow in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC) at De Montfort University in Leicester. She has a wide range of interests in social history and her publications include work on the knitted textile industry, working-class tourism, the British seaside, package holidays in Spain, sport and learning disability, tourism development in Switzerland and winter sports. Susan has been involved in various broadcast media productions including television appearances in BBC4’s _British Passions on Film: getting away from it all_ in 2012, BBC 1’s _Coast_ in 2011 and _The One Show_ in 2010. She has also taken part in many radio programmes including _Making History_ for BBC Radio 4. These papers relate to a report "_[Learning disability, sport and legacy](" written with Neil Carter, Richard Holt and John Williams.This report examines the holding of the Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) National Summer Games – for people with learning disabilities – in Leicester in July 2009. For the first time, the views of the organisers, the athletes, their families and carers and the volunteer ‘army’ who assisted in staging the Games have been systematically collected and analysed. In addition, three on-street surveys covering 919 members of the Leicester public were carried out at broadly six-monthly intervals before, during and after the 2009 Games. Each sample was balanced for age, gender and ethnicity in line with the city’s demographics. The aim here was to assess possible changes in public awareness of learning disability and the local impact of the Games. The report offers new quantitative and qualitative data and insights into the role of Special Olympics (SO) in terms of: i. the value of sport for the learning disabled and their families and carers ii. the complex financial and organisational problems posed to host cities iii. public and media awareness of learning disability generated by the Games iv. the critical role of volunteers and the volunteer programme v. the very real challenges of sustaining a viable Games legacy.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for researchers.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be taken for research purposes only, dependent on the condition of the materials.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
Finding aids
  • A box list has been made.
System of arrangement
  • The material has not been arranged at this stage.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Dr. Susan Barton
Archival history
  • Papers gifted by Dr. Barton in 2018.
Publication notes
  • Learning Disability, Sport and Legacy: A Report by the Legacy Research Group on the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games, Leicester 2009, (with Neil Carter, Richard Holt and John Williams), 2011
  • A Sporting Chance: the history of Special Olympics GB, Special Olympics Leicester, June 2009
Archivist's note
  • Box listed by Natalie Hayton, 2018. Fonds level description by Katharine Short.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • June 2019