1896
Athens
Greece

The first modern Summer Games were held in Athens, the home of the ancient Olympics. Fourteen nations took part, with Greece winning the marathon race in their home country.

The National Archives’ collections on the modern Olympics begin here, with dispatches from the Minister in Athens.

We also hold images of sporting events and advertising posters from this time.

7 records available

  • Dispatches from British minister in Athens.
    FO 286/434/1
    Dispatches from British minister in Athens - FO 286/434/1Preview
  • The famous ancient stadium, Athens, where the Olympian Games were held in 1896.
    COPY 1/433/525
    The famous ancient stadium, Athens, where the Olympian Games were held in 1896 - COPY 1/433/525Preview
  • Cycle race Iliffe & Son Coventry, 1893.
    COPY 1/108 (220)
    Cycle race Iliffe & Son Coventry, 1893 - COPY 1/108.Preview
  • Frank Shortland, Cuca Cocoa cycling challenge cup champion.
    COPY 1/410 (34)
    Frank Shortland, Cuca Cocoa cycling challenge cup champion - COPY 1/410 (34)Preview
  • Athletics meeting, 1892.
    COPY 1/410
    Athletics meeting, 1892 - COPY 1/410.Preview
  • Runner James Kibble, 1891.
    COPY 404 (pt1)
    Runner James Kibble, 1891 - COPY 404.Preview
  • Novelties in athletic costumes, Lloyd Attree & Smith, 1894.
    COPY 1/111 f80
    Novelties in athletic costumes, Lloyd Attree & Smith, 1894 - COPY 1/111 f80.Preview

Additional resources

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