With the first action of London 2012 getting underway later today, it was interesting to stumble upon an exhibition in the Social History Museum of Rugby’s Museum and Art Gallery this morning
1948 Olympians is an exhibition by photographer Katherine Green who has been meeting with, photographing and recording interviews with members of the British Olympic Team from the 1948 Olympics.
The contrast between the Olympics and Olympians of 1948 compared to those of today could not be more different. Athletes then were not paid, were training on rations (with London still recovering post-war) whilst also working full-time.
If you are looking at true Olympians, those of London 1948 certainly fall into that category.
The 1948 Olympians exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum runs until 30th August.
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ
T: 01788 533 201
The exhibition can also be found at the British Library as part of Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games, running from today (25 July) to 9 September 2012
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
T: 0843 208 1144
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