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Brunel University Library

Celia Brackenridge Collection


Reference code(s): GB 3245 BRAC

Held at: Brunel University Library

Title: Celia Brackenridge Collection

Date(s): 1974-2013

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 36 boxes

Name of creator(s): Brackenridge | Celia | fl 1974-2013


Administrative/Biographical history:

Celia Brackenridge was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and grew up in Staines and Ashford, Middlesex. She began her career as a Physical Education teacher in Bournemouth but moved with one year into lecturing in higher education. Celia has drawn on both natural and social science paradigms in her work. She has pursued particular interests in gender and social justice themes but in her early career also conducted investigations into the evolution and ethology of territorial sports. She is strongly committed to feminist perspectives in scholarship and practice and has worked with many sport organisations at home and overseas to develop and strengthen gender equity and child protective interventions.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection includes personal correspondence, notes, papers, reports, research articles, policy documents, advocacy materials, anonymised transcripts and data, videos, CDs, photographs, flyers, publicity information from sport organisations, workshop notes, MPhil and PhD theses, newspapers cuttings, public domain cases of abuse in sport. It includes scripts of plays and extracts from scripts.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Numbered files and folders

Conditions governing access:

Most boxes are available to researchers, by appointment. Please email:, giving at least two working days notice.

Some of the more sensitive material related to sexual abuse correspondence and cases is closed (boxes G6, G7, G8 and the Dame Janet Smith Enquiry material in Box G12) and requires special access. Permission must be sought in writing from or, if she is unavailable, and then presented to the Special Collections Librarian:

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.

Finding aids:

A finding aid is available for manuscript material.

Published works such as research articles and books may be found on the Brunel University Library catalogue. Many research articles and speeches are also openly available on the Brunel University Research Archive (BURA). Pdfs of some major research reports NOT deposited in the archive may be accessed at


Archival history:

The purpose of establishing this collection was to preserve original sources and information about the development of child abuse and child protection research, advocacy and policy in the UK and overseas from the 1980s to 2000s. Some other source material is also included relating to wider issues of gender relations in sport and to the earliest forms of notational and computer analysis of team sports, specifically women's lacrosse in the 1980s.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Celia Brackenridge deposited part of her archives with Brunel University Special Collections.


Related material:

Celia Brackenridge's papers related to women's sport, including the formation of the Women's Sports Foundation and WomenSport International, were donated to the Anita White Foundation at the University of Chichester and may be accessed there. One box relates to match analysis of Women's Lacrosse.

Other papers related to the sport of lacrosse were donated to the Levick Boyd Archive for Women's Lacrosse which is held at the Polhill Campus of the University of Bedfordshire.


Archivist's note:

Described by Iain Lindsay and Celia Brackenridge. Edited and amended by Katie Flanagan.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2013-10-07

Abuse | Social problems
Child abuse | Crime
Child welfare | Social welfare
Prostitution | Social problems
Sexual abuse | Crime
Sport | Leisure time activities | Leisure
Women | Sex | Sex distribution
Child protection x Child welfare

Personal names
Brackenridge | Celia | fl 1974-2013

Corporate names