Welcome to The Arts Society: Sparkenhoe

5 Mar 2018

 

A LOAD OF OLD BALLS -

 LITERALLY!

 

The invention of the ball may rank as highly as the invention of the wheel. How did these apparently simple objects come into being?

Why are marbles glass? In 1865 the ingredients of one manufacturer's cricket balls are scarcely believable.

Or is it, perhaps, just a load of old balls? Simon will bring examples to pass around.


Simon Inglis is a writer & historian specialising in the architecture & heritage of sport & recreation, & edits Played in Britain for English Heritage. Although this might seem an unlikely subject for the Arts Society, non-sporty types need not fear....