iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Swimming & The Swimming Pool

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Swimming & The Swimming Pool

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 11 August 2007

SWIMMING AND THE SWIMMING POOL
For the Romantic poets and their followers, swimming symbolised many things: heroic challenge, liberation from the pressures of bourgeois life and a return to nature and the womb. Enthusiastic swimmer Arthur Smith takes the plunge into a world of dangerous depth and wonderful waters and explores an enduring icon, and symbol, at the heart of the holiday experience – the swimming pool.

Arthur is joined by pioneer polar swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh and Charles Sprawson, the author of cult swimming classic, Haunts of the Black Masseur and Duch Historian, Thomas van Leeuwen who wrote The Springboard on the Pond: An Intimate History of The Swimming Pool.

Broadcasts

Podcast

  1. Image for Excess Baggage

    Excess Baggage

    Travellers' Tales from home and around the world: their destinations, experiences and issues arising…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss