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October 2018 saw the thirtieth anniversary of Great Britain (GB) men’s gold medal success in the Seoul Olympics, beating West Germany 3-1 in the final. Who can forget commentator Barry Davies’s immortal line:

“Where were the Germans? But frankly, who cares?”

To mark the occasion, a match was held at Lee Valley between the current GB and Belgium teams with many of the gold medallists in attendance. In a classy, historical nod to the final, the GB players wore special shirts emblazoned with a black chevron, just like their predecessors wore across their shirts in ’88.

THM was invited to put together a small display in the VIP ‘Champions Suite’ at the event and were delighted to accept. We were able to exhibit: Robert Clift’s tracksuit top, Richard Leman’s blazer and David Faulkner’s playing shirt.

 

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In July 2018 THM put on its most successful exhibition to date in the Fan Zone at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London. The exhibition was in a large marquee and comprised six sections, each characterised by a key word reflecting the work of THM and the sport of hockey. These sections were:

Origins – examining hockey’s links to the women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, complete with an arts and crafts table where children could make their own placards to champion a cause or team.

Respect – drawing on ideals of mutual respect and fair play exemplified by the elite athletes competing at the World Cup, this area of the exhibition brought together historical hockey stories and profiles of significant players from the competing nations as well as a special, guest-curated photography exhibition celebrating 50 years of Indian women’s hockey.

Inspire – an exploration of the inspirational hockey goalkeeper, from the iconic figures we are familiar with today resplendent in their body armour and helmets, to the canvas-padded and sweatshirt-wearing bravado of yesteryear.

Evolution – compared and contrasted the 2018 World Cup with the previous two women’s world tournaments held in the UK (Folkestone 1953 and Edinburgh 1975) using film footage, kit and equipment from the three different eras, and photography and statistics to illustrate the evolution of the organisation of such international events.

Family – an opportunity for visitors to be photographed alongside their family and friends with the newly designed World Cup trophy and to tell us about their friendships within hockey, aka ‘the hockey family’.

Success – presenting the progress and growth of THM in recent years by highlighting some of its successful projects and achievements, and in doing so making the case for financial support from the visiting public and encouraging sign ups to the Friends of The Hockey Museum fundraising initiative.

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The World Cup exhibition, which was designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, included traditional object and text-panel displays alongside audio, video and interactive exhibits (listening posts, large screens and even a virtual reality headset) to bring the history of hockey to life in a varied and accessible manner.

The exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors during the two weeks of the tournament – a record for the museum by some distance. The exposure generated and its promotion of THM’s important work to celebrate and preserve hockey’s history and heritage cannot be understated. And pleasingly, hockey history was noticeable throughout the event, from the TV commentary to the Walk of Stars. Our thanks to England Hockey for the opportunity and for their continued support.

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So, we come to the end of another amazing year at The Hockey Museum.We’ve been in our new home at 13 High Street in Woking town centre for just over a year and from those early days when the whole collection arrived back from storage in 700+ boxes, we progressed to a position where we had audited and professionally stored all the different objects, books and archives, we designed and installed our first in-house exhibition and we opened our doors to the public. All this was guided by the expertise in our curatorial staff but was only realised because of the dedication and hard work of our fantastic volunteers. The awarding of Arts Council Full Museum Accreditation status in May was a real recognition of the professional standards we had now achieved.

July saw us open our largest exhibition yet as part of this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Fan Central at Olympic Park, London, and we broke more records when we welcomed over 10,000 visitors to our marquee across the two weeks.

And most recently, as the year was drawing to a close, we heard the news that we had been awarded the FIH President’s Award during the FIH 2018 Congress in Delhi.

With so much going on it is perhaps not surprising - though certainly regrettable - that we have been unable to find the time to create a comprehensive newsletter this side of Christmas. Please be assured that we will be creating one soon into the new year with additional detail about the aforementioned events and much more besides.

Such a great year and as a relatively small museum, THM relies on the support of its volunteers to keep the whole operation running. We are very lucky to have a tremendous team who have given so much of their time and expertise. THM Trustees would like to thank these individuals for their enthusiasm, humour and support over this past year. If you would like to get involved with our exciting project, please get in touch.

Best wishes for the coming year and we hope to be able to welcome many of you to the Museum sometime soon.

Katie Dodd, Chair of Trustees.

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing, clutching the Penguin HC
mascots at the inauguration of the glass panel on Worthing Pier.


The emergence of a piece of art relating to hockey is a pretty rare occurrence.

We have a good and growing collection of art at The Hockey Museum, but the glass panel depicted in our photograph is a piece of public art that has been installed on Worthing Pier. It was commissioned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Penguins Hockey Club which was founded in 1948 by servicemen returning from WW2 who were in search of sport and recreation.

Although originally a men’s and subsequently also a ladies’ club, Penguins are probably better known up and down the country for their annual Mixed Hockey Festival over the early-May Bank Holiday weekend. Teams from all over the UK flocked to (quite often) sunny Worthing and at its height well over 100 teams participated. To its credit, it is now one of very few festivals that has survived, albeit much smaller these days.

Mike Smith, 2 October 2018

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Come visit The Hockey Museum in Woking, Surrey on Sunday 30th of September 2018 between 10:00 and 16:00 to celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day.

The Hockey Museum will be showing Olympic gold medals won by Great Britain teams. Former England and Great Britain players will be attending throughout the day. You can show off your hockey skills in the street and explore the museum’s current exhibition which features additional Olympic items.

Join us to experience both the playing and the heritage of hockey. Don’t miss it!

 

About Sporting Heritage CIC:

Sporting Heritage CIC is a company which helps support the collection, preservation, access and research of sporting heritage in the UK and wider. This year will be the first time The Hockey Museum will celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day.

This nationwide event aims to raise awareness of sporting heritage within UK museums and encourage new and different audiences to engage with these collections.

For more about Sporting Heritage and National Sporting Heritage Day 2018, visit the Sporting Heritage website.

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A sneak peek of one particularly colourful corner of the exhibition.

Following our recent move to new and larger premises in central Woking, THM has put on its first, in-house exhibition: The Hockey Museum First XI.

Today, hockey teams can field up of sixteen players (and eighteen in World Events): one goalkeeper, ten outfield players and five substitutes, but when ‘modern hockey’ began in the late 19th century, no substitutes were permitted and teams were only allowed eleven players. Over time, the best team in a club or at international level, became known as the ‘First Eleven’ or ‘1st XI’ – this is where this exhibition takes its name.

Conceived by our curatorial team to introduce visitors to the wealth and variety of material in the Museum’s collections, it comprises eleven objects that offer a brief but tantalising insight into hockey. They represent a truly global sport, covering all eras and levels, from playing to administration, from early club hockey to the modern day international game.

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Above: installing the exhibition in 13 High Street, Woking.
Below, right: the 'Wow Wall' that greets visitors to the Museum.

First XI exhibition wall

Each object is accompanied by supporting stories and additional display items that explore the wider narrative of each exhibit. Additionally, there is a range of other display items on the first floor. Visitors can also visit THM Library, which houses the largest collection of hockey books, magazines and associated publications in the world.

The exhibition is not just for adults. Here at THM we are passionate about engaging young people. You can discover hockey’s fascinating history alongside your child(ren) – look out for our Discovery Chest and the Mike Urator character (below) to lead you through the ‘children’s trail’. You can have lots of fun and there are interesting questions and activities for you to tackle together.

Come and visit the exhibition at 13 High Street, Woking, Surrey – our new home just 100 yards down from the station. We know it will whet your appetite to discover more about the fascinating history and heritage of hockey.

Mike Urator

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The magic of Wembley is the first publication from The Hockey Museum. It tells the story of how a Saturday in March saw thousands of schoolgirls and hockey supporters enjoy an annual day out to the famous stadium, to see England playing regular visitors such as Scotland, Ireland and Wales – as well as countries from all over the world.

For over forty years, the national stadium hosted the annual women's hockey international. It was a sporting event quite unlike any other: from the austere 1950s, with the players in thick skirts and heavy blouses and a St Trinians army of girls on the terraces in full school uniform, through the pop culture of the 1960s and '70s, when the players' skirts got shorter and the girls also sported allegience to Marc Bolan and Donny Osmond – the hot popstars of the time.

It was a cauldron of unforgettable, good-natured screaming loyalty, delivered in that combinaion of high-frequency and ferocious volume which only be produced by 60,000 schoolgirls.

The book shares personal memories from players, umpires and spectators to help give a sense of how special these days were. One section looks back to the day in 1981 when Her Majesty the Queen came and gave a particularly special royal seal to the occassion.

As social history mixes with nostalgia for a bygone era, see how things changed over the four decades in which the matches were played – the rules, the kit, the sticks – and the wonderful songs shared in the community singing before the match.

"Incredible original photography and images alongside extracts from programmes, accounts from players and spectators make this a very special trip down memory lane. For any fan of hockey, Wembley or women's sport, this is a book that simply must be read."
Sally Munday, Chief Executive, England Hockey

 

Buying The Book

The magic of Wembley is on sale in the Museum shop at 13 High Street, Woking as well as available for purchase from the Museum exhibition during the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup, 21 July-5 August 2018.

The book is also available via PayPal using the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for £10.00 plus postage and packing (UK £2.50, Europe £5.75, rest of the world £8.00). To send a cheque, please contact the shop (using our contact form) for further details.

The Hockey Museum (THM) and The University of Wolverhampton are delighted to announce that the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have approved funding for a collaborative PhD post to be jointly supervised by The University of Wolverhampton and THM. This award is part of the Sporting Heritage consortia initiative led by Sporting Heritage in partnership with the National Football Museum.

The title of the research project is An Oral History of England and Team GB Women’s International Hockey Representatives 1951-2016 and it aims to produce a collective biography of women who have represented England and Great Britain over the last 60 years. The work will specifically look at the women who played in the 41 Wembley international matches between 1951 and 1991, the Women’s Hockey World Cups between 1974 and 2014 and as part of Team GB at the Olympic Games from 1980 to 2016.

This is a unique opportunity to undertake a post-graduate project under the supervision of Professor Jean Williams, an acknowledged sports historian and heritage consultant now based at the University of Wolverhampton as well having full access to the expertise and extensive hockey archives held at The Hockey Museum, the world’s only hockey museum based in Woking. More details of the project can be found in an earlier THM news article promoting the award of the funding. Click here for that.

Anyone interested in applying should read the full advert on The University of Wolverhampton website here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3 August 2018.

 

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The Hockey Museum (THM) is celebrating after the announcement that Arts Council England has awarded it Full Museum Accreditation.

Accreditation is granted by the Arts Council England (ACE) to museums that meet the stringent requirements imposed by their Accreditation Standard. It enables museums to assess their current performance, and it supports them in planning and developing their services. The scheme is regarded as one of the most innovative and effective developments in the museum sector; it has led the way in raising museum standards in the UK and has been used as a model and source of inspiration for similar schemes overseas. THM joins 1,800 other museums participating in the scheme, working to manage its collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of its supporters and the wider public.

THM Chair of Trustees, Katie Dodd says, “The Trustees and volunteers were delighted to hear the great news that the THM had been awarded this status and it is a public recognition of all the work that has been put in by our curatorial team and volunteers to improve. The Museum has changed significantly since we embarked on this journey as we have undergone a major redevelopment project that has included the recent move to new premises in Woking and the opening of our first in-house exhibition from June. We are thrilled that the Arts Council has made this award and we look forward to using the Accreditation scheme as a tool for developing the Museum further in the coming years”.

For THM this is not the end of our ambitions. The award of Full Accreditation acknowledges that THM is on the right path but we must continue to improve and evolve in order to maintain our new status. We are continuing the work to catalogue and photograph our collections and make them more accessible to the community. We are currently open to the public on Wednesdays but will open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June. There are plans for a series of Open Days over the coming months and, if there is sufficient demand following our relocation, the Museum may look to open on additional days in the future too.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our dedicated volunteers and supporters, who give their time and enthusiasm to make the THM what it is. A huge thank you goes out to them for helping to make this success happen. The generous support of England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation should also be acknowledged as we work with them to promote and celebrate the fascinating heritage of our sport. We are grateful, too, to Woking Borough Council for their continued support, to Liz May our Museum Mentor, the team at South East Museum Development Programme and to our many other partners who work with us in a range of ways.

If you would like to learn any more about what we do, visiting times, membership or volunteer opportunities, please continue to explore our website or contact THM through our online form.

It has recently been brought to our attention that the latest edition (January 2018) of Bluebell News, the publication documenting the happenings on the Bluebell Railway, featured an interesting hockey story.

On 27 August 2017, the Railway's Sheffield Park station was taken over for filming by the cast and crew of "Bollywood extravaganza" Gold. Gold tells the story of the India men's hockey team who won gold medals at the 1948 Olympics, the first time India won an Olympic gold medal as an independent nation. For one night only Sheffield Park in East Sussex became the Amritsar Junction in Lahore. You can read the report from the Bluebell News by clicking the PDF icon below.

The Hockey Museum (THM) has long been aware of the film in question and was consulted by the film's production team prior to shooting. THM's curatorial team offered advice on historical accuracy, specifically with regard to the hockey-playing scenes reflecting the game during that era (rules, equipment etc.). Given the Bluebell News's assertion that "it appears atmosphere is more important than tedious geographical and historical accuracy", in this instance refering to the type of train used in the shoot, we await the film's release to see how much of our advice was taken on board (no train pun intended). Whatever the level of historicity, we're sure that it will be a great film.

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 Shane Smith, 5 February 2018

Blasts From The Past: An Introduction

This features page includes articles from hockey's rich history. With the ever increasing activity of The Hockey Museum, our research is constantly coming across fascinating stories from throughout the sport's history and across the hockey world. These are not current news stories although some may have been when they occurred....

Louis Charles Baillon: The Only Falkland Islander Olympic Champion

Louis Charles Baillon: The Only Falkland Islander Olympic Champion

  The England hockey team from the 1908 Olympic Final. Louis Baillon is seated furthest left.   Louis Charles Baillon is the only Falkland islander to have won an Olympic gold medal. He achieved this feat as a member of the England hockey team that won gold at the 1908...

Alan Turing: WW2 hockey-playing hero features on £50 note

Alan Turing: WW2 hockey-playing hero features on £50 note

After the 2014 feature film The Imitation Game and other publicity most people are now aware of the amazing contribution made by Alan Turing and the remarkable team at Bletchley Park during World War 2. It is often said that their efforts helped the Allies to win the war and...

Christ’s Hospital's Jovial WW1 Charity Match

Christ’s Hospital's Jovial WW1 Charity Match

    These photographs tell the story of a convivial charity match involving Christ's Hospital school (CH) during World War One (WW1). They were unearthed by staff at Christ’s Hospital Museum and shared with The Hockey Museum.             Photographs of the hockey match fundraiser, 1917....

Kenya Hockey Olympians Conference

Kenya Hockey Olympians Conference

I was delighted and honoured to be invited as one of the Guests of Honour at a virtual conference for Kenyan hockey Olympians on Sunday 30 May 2021. The invitation was extended by Hilary Fernandes, Kenya’s triple Olympian, and Raphael Fernandes, a Kenyan Los Angeles 1984 Olympian. Raphael co-ordinated the...

The ‘Hockey Girl’ And The Pursuit of Love

The ‘Hockey Girl’ And The Pursuit of Love

  Cartoon from the Punch Almanack, 1903. The caption reads:"We had a scratch game with the 'Black and Blue' Club yesterday, but had an awful job to get any men. Enid's brother and a friend of his turned up at the last moment; but they didn't do much except call 'offside'...

A Biography of Janet Macklin (née Smallwood)

A Biography of Janet Macklin (née Smallwood)

When Janet Smallwood (later Mrs Macklin) was awarded her first international cap for Scotland in 1951 she was not the first member of her family to have an international sporting honour – her father, Alistair Smallwood, was selected to play for England Rugby in the 1920s. Alistair was born in...

The Festival of Britain’s Grand International Hockey Tournament 1951

The Festival of Britain’s Grand International Hockey Tournament 1951

    Cover of the programme for the Grand International Hockey Tournament during the Festival of Britain, 1951.Click the image to download the full programme as a PDF.Credit: the AEWHA Collection at the University of Bath Library.   Seventy years ago in May 1951, a very unusual sporting event was staged...

Harvey Wood: England’s Mysterious Giant Goalkeeper

Harvey Wood: England’s Mysterious Giant Goalkeeper

A recent piece of research on the 1908 Olympic Games together with a study on hockey in the East Riding of Yorkshire by museum volunteer researcher James Ormandy, has unearthed a mystery that spans both hockey and social history. James’s research on hockey in the East Riding has revealed an...

Bandy In Shakespeare

Bandy In Shakespeare

   Portrait of William Shakespeare, 1610. Possibly painted by John Taylor. There are several references to the word ‘bandy’ in the works of English playwright William Shakespeare, including one in Romeo and Juliet when Romeo, trying to stop a fight between Tybalt and Mercutio, declares: “The Prince expressly hath forbidden...

Hockey-Playing Thespians Of The Edwardian Era

Hockey-Playing Thespians Of The Edwardian Era

  Frank Benson, actor and hockey players, inWilliam Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The Edwardian era would witness the peak of theatre going and its watershed moment as cinema arrived. It also witnessed a sporting boom – especially in hockey – and one club, Benson’s Hockey Club, had done...

It's A Date: Celebrating the First Scotland Women's International Match

It's A Date: Celebrating the First Scotland Women's International Match

By Katie Dodd      The first Scotland women's team, 1901. The 13 April 2001 is the 120th anniversary of Scotland women’s very first international match, played against Ireland in Dublin. I was first made aware of this special date during a conversation with Evlyn Raistrick, former Scottish and International...

Easter Festivals in Years Gone By

Easter Festivals in Years Gone By

Not that many years ago Easter festivals were the much-anticipated climax to the hockey season. Many hundreds of teams, certainly well into four figures, would travel to play in one of over fifty festivals that took place around Britain. The most popular venues were seaside ones, from Bournemouth to Bridlington...

An Amazing Find As The Hockey Museum Links Up With The British Museum

An Amazing Find As The Hockey Museum Links Up With The British Museum

It’s not often that small, independent museums like The Hockey Museum (THM) have an opportunity to change the narrative of national history, but today we share some very exciting news concerning a highly significant archaeological collection – the Anglo-Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo. Sutton Hoo gained a lot of...

Welsh Honours Caps: A Tale of Interrelated Research

Welsh Honours Caps: A Tale of Interrelated Research

By Elton Riches I was researching in The Hockey Museum (THM) library reviewing the early hockey periodicals for photographs or illustrations of player-issued caps. I located a black-and-white photograph in an 1898 publication showing the Welsh men’s hockey team wearing honours caps. Clear evidence that the Welsh national teams were...

Remembering Wembley

Remembering Wembley

On 3 March 2021 The Hockey Museum (THM) celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first England women’s hockey match at Wembley Stadium in 1951. In partnership with Talk Hockey Radio, we produced a podcast (The Special One - Epsiode 6) and video of the personal memories of Maggie Souyave, Anita White...

Wembley Was A Family Affair

Wembley Was A Family Affair

By Christabel Russell Vick I grew up knowing that the Wembley hockey international was the biggest fixture in the women’s hockey calendar. When I talked to my mother (Mary Russell Vick) about her hockey career, I was amazed to discover that these matches at the iconic Wembley Stadium were entirely...

The First Ever Women's International Hockey Match in 1896

The First Ever Women's International Hockey Match in 1896

   Action photo of Ireland vs England women, the first ever women's international hockey match in 1896.   2 March 2021 is the 125th anniversary of the first ever women’s international hockey match in 1896, between Ireland and England. Ireland beat England 2-0. The game took place on the Alexandra...

Unearthing Further Hockey Connections At Sutton Hoo

Unearthing Further Hockey Connections At Sutton Hoo

  Sutton Hoo excavation, 1939. Still from film made by Harold John Phillips.Public domain. In a recent article (click here) we covered the links that exist between the Netflix blockbuster film The Dig and our sport of hockey. Following that piece, we received news of a further hockey connection. If...

Digging Hockey: An Excavation of Edith Pretty's Links to Hockey

Digging Hockey: An Excavation of Edith Pretty's Links to Hockey

by Dr Jo Halpin.     Portrait of Edith Pretty by Dutch artist Cor Visser.© National Trust / Robin Pattinson   Edith Pretty is famous for unearthing an Anglo-Saxon burial ship on her land at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, in 1939 – an event that has now been made...

In Search of The Hull & District Hockey Register

In 1900 there were just twenty clubs from the North affiliated to the Hockey Association (HA) causing some historians have been misled as to the game’s popularity outside of the home counties. In most northern towns and cities at this time hockey playing was increasingly popular. For example: in Hull...

Never Defeated By Wine Or In A Game: A Secret Edwardian Gentlemen's Hockey Club

Never Defeated By Wine Or In A Game: A Secret Edwardian Gentlemen's Hockey Club

   Cover of the Sticks Club Handbook, 1910   A fascinating item recently came into The Hockey Museum’s possession which threw an amusing light on a social activity in London hockey circles in the early years of the last century. It was the history of an exclusive gentlemen’s hockey club...

The Jean Arnold Collection: The Lord Mayor's Cup

The Jean Arnold Collection: The Lord Mayor's Cup

The Jean Arnold collection was donated to The Hockey Museum (THM) during lockdown and is now helping to uncover more of the once-hidden history of women’s league hockey.   Jean Arnold  Jean Arnold, a well-known figure in Liverpool hockey circles, has donated a large number of items relating to the...

Baffling Brass Buttons

Baffling Brass Buttons

  The Hockey Museum (THM) has recently acquired a set of blazer buttons that once adorned the England blazer of George Hardy. These buttons, emblazoned (ahem) with the HA logo of the Hockey Association, presumably made their way to Hardy’s fellow England player, Captain John Yate Robinson who passed them...

A Tale Of Principled Pilley

On 14 April 1935 (not 1938 as stated on this British Pathé YouTube clip), Germany women played England women in Berlin. The result was 6-4 victory for England. An unexpected tour given the precarious political situation in Europe. The England team line up: Eileen Arnold (GK), Mary Knott (Cptn), Marjorie...

A Rare Item In The Modern Hockey World

A Rare Item In The Modern Hockey World

The Hockey Museum recently received a Winchester HC fixture card for the 2017-2018 season. This came as a bit of a surprise as we knew that many (most?) clubs no longer produce such a publication. With the availability of information on the internet and social media they have become virtually...

Old Creightonians Archive Arrives With A Suprise

Old Creightonians Archive Arrives With A Suprise

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Terrific Trophies

Terrific Trophies

Over the past couple of years, a considerable amount of material, including a large collection of trophies, has come to THM from Cannock HC. It was rescued from the former National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes by Laurie Alcock, affectionately known as 'Mr Cannock'. Had Laurie not saved it, the cabinets and artefacts...

The Work Of Preserving Hockey Heritage: Saving The AEWHA Scrapbook

The Work Of Preserving Hockey Heritage: Saving The AEWHA Scrapbook

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A Vintage Christmas Present? From India To The London Stage

A Vintage Christmas Present? From India To The London Stage

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An Early Easter Hockey Tour

An Early Easter Hockey Tour

Programme (cover) of The Newport Centrals Hockey Club Fourth Annual Tour, Season 1913-14   Easter hockey tours and festivals have been very popular for many years, probably more so before the league systems were set up in the 1960s and ‘70s. A recent find, hidden amongst our postcard collection, gives...

Bullets Stopped Play

Bullets Stopped Play

Yesterday one of our volunteers was going through a collection and found this newspaper cutting from Thanet International Hockey Festival, 1964. Anyone who has been to Thanet will know that three coats is a mininum and not just because of the flying bullets.

Hockey Played In Antarctica

Hockey Played In Antarctica

"First game of Hockey played on ice near Ship", from The Atlantic magazine, 2013.   The Hockey Museum recently heard of hockey being played in a most unlikely location: on the sea ice in Antarctica. We were contacted by an Antarctic history enthusiast who pointed out that the British Film...

Bringing History To Life With Juan Calzado

Bringing History To Life With Juan Calzado

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An Update On The English Cup

An Update On The English Cup

In 2015 The Hockey Museum received an enquiry from Alan Lancaster. He sent two photographs, one a team photograph, which Alan thought was Newhey Ladies’ Hockey team. One of the photographs featured his mother Doreen Howles and her two sisters, Vera and June holding a cup which was believed to...

Three Antique Silver Cups From The Royal Navy HA

Does the existence of three antique silver cups with the Royal Navy HA have a ‘black lining’? The Royal Navy Hockey Association is the proud owner of three silver cups that date back to the 1900 period. They were used for different competitions between ships and units that made up...

The Grand International Match

The Grand International Match

During the First World War, the War Office often used sporting references to try to persuade sportsmen to enlist and an amusing notice in the book Ireland’s Call (by Stephen Walker) recently caught our eye.

The Liberty Bodice

The Liberty Bodice

We recently came across an interesting advertisement in The Hockey Field magazine from 6 January 1916: "Physical Instructors and Games Mistresses are recommended to try the Liberty Bodice. It obviates the necessity for corsets and gives absolute freedom of movement to growing girls. It is ideal wear for all kinds...

Hockey And Football: A Comparison

Hockey And Football: A Comparison

We recently acquired copies of a rare early sports magazine dating from 1906 – The Cricketer, The Hockey and Football Player. It was only published for just over a year taking in two cricket and one winter season. The magazines contain a number of interesting articles that make comment on...

An Illegal Hockey Stick

An Illegal Hockey Stick

New collections are, thankfully, arriving weekly and many of them create great interest when received. The hockey stick illustrated in the below images was a real example of this. It came complete with a copy of an advertisement from Hockey Magazine of 4 September 1908 extolling the virtues of the...

The Jet-propelled Hockey Stick That Didn't Take Off!

The Jet-propelled Hockey Stick That Didn't Take Off!

In response to the many enquiries that we receive at The Hockey Museum our volunteers are constantly trawling through hockey publications in search of information. These searches often take twice as long as expected because we find unrelated pieces that are very interesting. One such piece was discovered recently in...

Hockey On The Sand At Minehead

Hockey On The Sand At Minehead

Hockey players on the beach at Minehead with North Hill behind. Photograph by Alfred Vowles.  Unlike most of today's youngsters who learn to play on artificial pitches, Nan Williams, a former England international and volunteer at The Hockey Museum (THM), started her playing career on the sands of Minehead on the...

Have You Heard Of The English Cup?

Have You Heard Of The English Cup?

I have recently joined the many volunteers working with the The Hockey Museum. As I live in the Manchester area I am quite away from all the action, however I have recently been forwarded a couple of enquires from the Museum in relation to matters from the North! My first...

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