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Congratulations to Alex Leese

28 February 2017

Congratulations to Alex Leese who successfully defended his PhD thesis on Friday 17 February.

Alex came to Bristol to take up a CDA award shared between Bristol’s History of Art department and the National Football Museum in Manchester. His highly original thesis entitled The Art of Football: Illustrating the 'Beautiful Game', 1863-1915 examines early representations of the sport in the popular press and mass media and marks a significant contribution to a new a fascinating field of research. Alex was supervised by Mike O’Mahony in the History of Art department at Bristol, Dr Kevin Moore of the National Football Museum and Prof John Hughson of UCLan. Alex’s work with the National Football Museum also involved him in exciting activities including taking responsibility for transporting the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy (see image). During the course of his studies, Alex gave several academic papers at major conferences and produced two articles for publication. The first, ‘Illustrating the Auld Enemies: analysis of William Ralston’s depiction of the first international football match between Scotland and England’ was published in Soccer and Society in 2014. The second, ‘From the Oval to the Crystal Palace: The FA Cup Final and its Depiction in the Victorian Illustrated Press’ will appear in a collected volume entitled Picturing the Beautiful Game: A History of Soccer in Art and Visual Culture (ed. Daniel Haxall) which will be published later in 2017. He also achieved all of this while completing his thesis within the specified time. The examiners Mr Ed Lilley and Prof Jean Williams both commended Alex on his excellent work and fully support his developing this project into a published monograph.

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