The Derby 1909

August 18, 2009


When the bay colt Minoru won The Derby in 1909 ‘…the tumult of jubilation was overwhelming.  Occupants of the stand waved their hats…and gave lusty vent to their feelings; thousands of ardent enthusiasts came running down the course to the stand, and they in turn shouted with delight till they could shout no more.  

‘On the hill beyond more hats were thrown in the air and more outbursts of rejoicing were heard.   Meanwhile his Majesty had left his place, gone down the steps….to lead the winner back. the King re-entered the enclosure holding his colt’s leading rein, and then once more enthusiam burst forth, cries of  “Vive le Roi” giving evidence of the presence of sportsmen from France.  It was a spectacle never to be forgotten.’ The Times, Thursday, May 27, 1909; pg. 10; Issue 38970; col A

King Edward VII had leased the colt from Lord Wavertree, and was the first monach to have a horse win the Derby. A race course in Richmond, Canada, was named after the horse and the colt featured on a the box lid of a racing board game.

Loughborough University Library subscribes to a number of equestrian sports related e-journals such as Horse and Rider,  Practical Horsemanship , Dressage today  and the Corinthian Horse Sport.   For the horse owner, there are also a number of veterinary titles available such as Equine and comparative exercise physiologyJournal of Equine Science,  The British veterinary journal  and Equus.   Off campus access available using Athens username and password or by logging in to the Remote Working Portal and MetaLib. 

Minoru Horse sculpture – sculptor Sergei Traschenko

Equestrianism in the East Midlands

Horses – equine issues in Government

Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales

The Equestrian


Loughborough helping to create People’s Record

July 27, 2009
Library Centenary Open Day stands

People’s Record Project Stand

Loughborough University Library is one of only two academic libraries to take part in the People’s Record, an archival strand of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s (MLA) ‘Setting the Pace’ programme which marks the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The University Library helped collate the stories of the University’s students and staff, as well as the wider local community in an attempt to capture the ‘Olympic’ mood.  Further details of Loughborough’s involvement in the People’s Record project is available at PODIUM, the Further and Higher Education Unit for the 2012 Games.

If you are interested in discovering more about pople’s atitude towards sport and the Olympics why not do a keyword search on SportsDiscus and Nexis UK.

Cricket at Loughborough

July 7, 2009




‘On Wednesday an interesting game was played in Mr Tyler’s meadow, near the railway, between eleven of the Loughborough’s Gentlemen’s Club, and the Borough-hill Club.   At the close of the game, which was played first-rate, the number of runs stood as follows:  Loughborough 192, Borough Hill 92, majority, 100.‘  The Era (London, England), Sunday, August 13, 1843; Issue 255

Loughborough has a long cricket history.  Tyler’s meadow is believed to be a ground  near Allsops Lane, where Loughborough played an annual match against the All England Eleven and the United England Eleven from 1856 – 1871.

Loughborough has had, over time, up to 12 cricket grounds, such as the Park Road ground which was first used in 1913, and the College Ground, where Leicestershire came to play Galmorgan in 1929.  The first ever County Cricket match between Leicester and Nottingham was played in Loughborough in 1781, although the location of this early pitch is unknown.

Loughborough University Library has over 200 books on cricket, ranging from historic works such as W.G. Grace’s Cricket, published in 1891 and housed in the Special Collections alongside books on cricket by Douglas Jardine, C.B. Fry, Walter Hammond, Pelham Warner, Neville Cardus and Donald Bradman,  to modern coaching and training manuals.

You can also  find out more about cricket via sports databases available on through MetaLib, such as SPORTDiscus which can be searched for full-text articles on physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training etc.

If you would like to find out more about modern cricket at Loughborough, please see the links below.

Loughborough UCCE (University Cricket Centre of Excellence)

National Cricket Performance Centre

Loughborough School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Loughborough School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough Outwoods Cricket Club

Loughborough Greenfields Cricket Club 

Loughborough Carillon Cricket Club

Loughborough Town Cricket Club

The indetail09 industrial design degree show 2009

June 9, 2009



June 12th – 19th 2009

The indetail09 industrial design degree show is a collection of undergraduate work from Loughborough University’s Design and Technology department.

This year’s event will be held at the Sir Denis Rooke Building in Holywell Park, Loughborough and will showcase over 100 student projects.

Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance.

We look forward to meeting you!

Opening Times

Friday       12th June        12pm – 5pm
Saturday  13th June        10am – 5pm
Sunday     14th June       10am – 5pm
Monday   15th June       10am – 5pm
Tuesday   16th June      10am – 12pm

The indetail09 industrial design degree show

SPORTDiscus with full text

June 8, 2009



Loughborough University Library now subscribes to SPORTDiscus with full text.

SPORTDiscus with full text is the most comprehensive, bibliographic database covering sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sport administration, officiating, sport law & legislation, college & university sport, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sport, doping, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, recreation, leisure studies, tourism, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health and more.

For off-campus access either login to MetaLib via the Remote Working Portal or access the database with your Athens username and password. If you do not have your Athens username and password please contact Ask a Librarian.

Sport at Loughborough

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).

Cloughie and others on the ODNB

March 30, 2009
Statue of Brian Clough. Copyright Trikshootr

Statue of Brian Clough. Copyright Trikshootr

To coincide with the release of the film version of David Peace’s novel The Damned United, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  has uploaded its entry on  the charismatic football manager, Brian Clough. The film is an account of Clough’s  disastrous 44 day reign at Leeds United in 1974 and  the rivalry between him and the previous Leeds manager Don Revie.

If you are a keen football fan, you may also like to look up the following in the Dictionary of National Biography why don’t you consult the feature essay on the game’s pioneers? Or view the clickable British all-stars team? You can also download  a free biography podcast episodes on Bobby Moore; the Busby Babes or read biographies of other managers, footballers and referees – from Billy Meredith to George Best.

There have been some other interesting additional entries to the ONDB which have been recently published as a supplement to the printed volumes. You will be able to look them up in the electronic version which the Library has had access to for over a year.

 Between 2000-2004 a lot of famous writers died  including the  poets :  Charles Causley, DJ Enright, David Gascoyne, Thom Gunn, Ian Hamilton, Elizabeth Jennings, Peter Redgrove; the novelists :Simon Raven and WG Sebald; the scholars and biographers : Ernst Gombrich, Christopher Hill, Roy Jenkins, Elizabeth Longford and Hugh Trevor-Roper.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a scholarly reference work but you will find that its entries are full of lively anecdotes. 

For example we learn that Kathleen Raine was a close friend Gavin Maxwell, the naturalist, who wrote the famous account of  keeping an otter in “Ring of Bright Water”.

 She outstayed her welcome so one night he banished her from his house  at Sandaig in the Scottish Highlands.  She wandered the surrounding countryside and  then cursed him under a rowan tree. Following from this curse, his beloved otter was killed and his house burned down. Raine always felt responsible.

Hugh Trevor-Roper’s entry is an appreciation of a  gifted historian with  ” beautifully limpid prose”  but also gives an interesting account of how he was duped by the Stuttgart conman, Konrad Kajau into believing that the forged Hitler diaries were genuine.

The ONDB Simon Raven biography tells of a novelist whose publisher, Antony Blond, had to pay him a retainer to live away from London  – in Deal – so that he wasn’t distracted by the pleasures of life in the city. Raven is famous for his sequence of novels known as “Alms for Oblivion” described as ‘witty and scabrous’ which contain portrayals of  many of his contemporaries including his friends, the former editor of ‘The Times’, William Rees-Mogg and the politician, James Prior.

Why not look up some of your favourite writers and public figures in the ONDB and be entertained and informed by some of entries of great quality?

Beijing 2008 and beyond…

August 7, 2008
Loughborough University - Beijing 2008 Logo

Tomorrow, in what will no doubt be an extravagant ceremony, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will open. There are a lot of websites out there with information about the Games, the key ones being ‘The Official website of the Olympic Movement‘, and the ‘Official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games‘. The BBC has its own website, which includes a blog and commentary from its presenters and journalists. Loughborough University also its own webpages and blog to follow its 55 athletes (students past and present, as well as University based) at the Olympics and Paralympics.  It will be easy to catch up on who has won which event and how Team GB are doing.

The Olympics are much more than sport, however.  Did you know about the development and renovation of the Chinese water cube pool? Do you know what ‘image’ young Americans have of China – both as a tourist destination and as the host of the Games? How are the Games going to effect China economically? By searching some of our many databases in Metalib, such as  SPORTdiscus, you can find all this information and much more, such as ‘Environmental issues’, ‘The economic effects of the Games’ and ‘The drug wars’.

So, as we have a team competing in this event (unlike Euro 2008!) there are plenty of ways you can keep up-to-date with how many medals we have won during the event itself, or take a look at the Games from a more ‘academic’ perspective over many years to come.