Some of the younger spectators at the 2015 Modern Pentathlon European Championships, hosted by the University last week, had fun making colourful team ties inspired by archives.
The Modern Pentathlon Collection housed in the Library’s Archives & Research Collections comprises governing body committee minutes, regulations, press material, photographs, and newsletters, as well as national and international event programmes and results data. It also contains badges, medals and a selection of official ties issued to club members and athletes competing at international events. One of the most stylish and purple was worn at the Moscow World Championships in 1974.
Former GB, European, World and Olympic champion pentathletes (and their children) were amongst visitors to the tie-making tent in the Sports Training Village on Sunday. Taking inspiration from sporting ties of the past, inventive new designs included horses, fencing epees, swimming goggles, stars, hearts, feathers, underpants, Bob the minion, and lots and lots of glitter!
Words and pictures supplied by Lizzie Richmond.