Rugby League Heritage Forum 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on 25/04/2015

This FREE event is for anyone interested in researching or sharing the history of Rugby League


The first Rugby League Heritage Forum is  your chance to meet other people passionate about rugby league history, find out about other projects and explore the rugby league collections here at Heritage Quay.

There will be a series of talks throughout the day, sharing some of the great rugby league history work that has already been done. There will also be the chance to explore Heritage Quay and the RFL’s collections.


  • 10.30-11.30am                  Tony Collins, rugby league historian                         ‘1895 and all that’
  • 11.45am-12.45pm             Ian Jackson, Swinton Lions Tales                              Swinton Lions Tales
  • 12.45-1.45pm                    Lunch and networking + tours
  • 1.45-2.45pm                      Phil Caplan, Leeds Rugby League Foundation        Leeds RL project
  • 2.45-3.45pm                      David Smith, Heritage Quay                                     Heritage Quay


There is no need to book for places for the tours or talks, just turn up and take a seat but if you would like to guarantee a spot for a particular session please email and Heritage Quay will reserve a seat for you. During the lunch break there will be 2 tours of the Heritage Quay archives, each lasting around 30 mins.


Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day but please bring your own food to eat for lunch. There are many options locally to buy food including several supermarkets and Heritage Quay will be able to direct you to those on the day.

During the event, in the archive’s searchroom there will be the chance to talk to Rugby League Cares and Heritage Quay staff about resources and support available for RL historians and there will also be the opportunity to help the archives team with their cataloguing project by identifying players in old photographs. This work will feed directly into the RFL archive.

Finally, there will be the chance to find out more about the Heritage Quay Rugby League historian training days, a series of sessions starting in May offering free advice and skills development across a wide range of areas.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the current Rugby League exhibition at Heritage Quay (not to be confused with the Rugby League Cares touring exhibition!)

Free parking is available on the University campus, please mention Heritage Quay at the security barrier. For a guide on getting here please consult this helpful page