The Museum’s collection of artefacts – that is to say three-dimensional items – grows every week as people donate more material. Old sticks and playing kit are very obvious collectables, but you only have to look at the different collections listed on this site to realise how diverse they are. To access more details on the different types of artefacts currently housed in The Hockey Museum (THM), please navigate through the sections displayed to the left of this article.
In addition to the currently navigable sections, the Museum also has many examples of items such as fixture cards, umpires whistles, goalkeeping equipment, corner flags, Olympic 'walking out' kit and it is hoped in time that we will be able to document these areas more fully.
The Archives – which are paper or IT based records – are also very diverse. Important archives include the books and magazines in the Museum’s Library, photographs, press cuttings, official minutes and records of National, Regional, County and Umpiring Associations and many Club records as well as the playing records and statistics of international and national teams. More recently, and thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund support, we have started on an Oral History project to capture the stories of hockey people around the world. We are also compiling histories of the 4000+ clubs that have existed in England since 1871. Perhaps the most important archive will be the compilation and production of an Authoritative History of Hockey using only fully referenced material and hopefully giving us the first accurate history of our sport. This work is planned for the coming years. As with the artefacts, information on the Museum's various archival materials can be discovered by navigating through the sections displayed to the left of this article.
What the Museum collects is covered by our Collections Development Policy, downloadable by clicking on the icon to the right.
Researching the many different aspects of hockey’s history is what often brings together, and brings to life, the artefacts and the archives. We accommodate many visiting students to help them with their research and copies of their projects are important assets of THM. We also undertake many different studies ourselves through our volunteers who identify subjects of their own interest. To access more details about the current Study Topics and Research Projects, please click here.