Founded in January 2012, The Hockey Museum (formerly called the National Hockey Museum) set itself up as a Trust in March of the same year and gained Charitable Status in October.
The work of the Museum is overseen by the Board of Trustees but on a day to day basis, it is run by The Hockey Museum Management Group whose members are all volunteers.
The Museum receives no guaranteed income but it is grateful to receive a small annual donation from England Hockey Board and from the International Hockey Federation Foundation. Woking Borough Council also supports us through the provision of accommodation at a very reasonable rate. As a registered charity, we rely on grants, donations and other contributions of all sizes from individuals, trusts, foundations and government organisations.
The Museum has ambitious plans and has set its sights on expanding and cataloguing its collection of books, playing records, club papers, programmes, photographs, oral histories and other memorabilia to enable us to tell the fascinating story of hockey and to make it readily accessible to all. Alongside this, there are plans to undertake a research project to write an authoritative history of hockey, to develop an outreach programme and to present professional displays at a number of major hockey and other events. All these developments will be lead and undertaken by our team of Trustees, volunteers and supporters.
To help us achieve this ambition, The Hockey Museum has developed a range of ways that people can support us;
Give A Gift To The Hockey Museum
By leaving a gift to The Hockey Museum you will help us continue to use the appeal of hockey to engage, inspire and educate our visitors and the communities that will be reached by our endeavours. You can give money to the museum in a number of ways;
Send a donation: The Museum will gratefully accept donations of any size, however big or small. Every contribution we receive will help to support our future development and this donation can then be gift-aided. The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities such the The Hockey Museum take your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on – and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent'; the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the The Hockey Museum. Please contact us for a form (or download a copy by clicking on the icon on the right) that you can complete and post back to the Museum.
Leave a legacy: Leaving a legacy is the most personal donation an individual can give and it will make a huge difference to our work. It is very simple to leave The Hockey Museum a legacy gift as you can easily add a legacy to your existing Will using a codicil. We recommend that you consult a legal advisor or your solicitor to help you write or update your Will.
Your support will help us deliver learning and participation projects, develop our collections and exhibitions, and shape a world class venue, accessible to the widest range of audiences.
Become A ‘Friend Of The Museum’
Join The Team Of Museum Volunteers
It is not often in a sport as established as hockey (some 150 years at least) that an opportunity arises to become actively and meaningfully involved with the discovery and conservation of its history. The birth of The Hockey Museum in January 2012 presents a unique focus on this rich history. Many hockey enthusiasts over the decades have been, and still are, collecting hockey material of all types. The word is spreading that a Museum now exists and people are contacting us to offer their collections and memorabilia. Numerous people are also requesting information on a wide range of aspects of hockey. It is a very exciting time.
We do have a team of volunteers who help to support the day to day running of the museum but we always need more volunteers to help us. You don't have to be a historian, a librarian or an archivist; the current volunteers certainly are not. We need fellow hockey enthusiasts to help us bring about the reality of The Hockey Museum. Our friends at the Surrey Museum Group and the SE Museums Development Office are guiding us with training in the necessary skills. Are you interested in supporting us in any of the following areas;
- receiving, cataloguing and conserving the material coming in.
- acting as an ambassador in the Regions to spread the word.
- making the wealth of information and history in the Museum available to the hockey family and the wider public.
- helping to develop the website to keep the nearly 30 pages of information, news and records up-to-date and interesting and advise on IT support.
- developing and researching the archives in one of the many specialist areas of the game of hockey, e.g. hockey sticks, uniform, umpiring, indoor hockey, Festivals, video and film.
- planning, designing and staffing exhibitions at hockey events and Open Days at the Museum.
If so, come and join us. The Museum in Woking is regularly occupied on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by our growing band of volunteers undertaking a wide range of tasks in hand. You don’t have to commit to attending every week, it very much depends on what time you would like to give. You also don’t need to be based in the Surrey area to undertake some of the roles as we need support all round the country.