Professor Celia Brackenridge began her career as a Physical Education teacher but moved on within one year to lecturing in Higher Education. She worked as Director of the Centre for Youth Sport and Athlete Welfare, at Brunel University, from 2005 to her retirement in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for her services to equality and child protection in sport. After her retirement she donated her research archives to the Library.
This collection was established to preserve original sources and information about the development of child abuse and child protection research, advocacy and policy in the UK and overseas from the 1980s to 2000s. Some other source material is also included, relating to wider issues of gender relations in sport and to the earliest forms of notational and computer analysis of team sports, specifically women's lacrosse in the 1980s.