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boardThe All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) Honary Life Members board from 1925 onwards has now been fixed at the Museum. Thanks to Mike Smith for polishing the plate.

The archives at Butts Way are taking shape. Whilst Mike Smith (right) has been busy painting and fixing the sheves, Dil Bahra (left) has been sorting the books and magazines in the library.

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Hockey, at last, has its own archive museum. The dream of a number of enthusiasts has been realised. The Museum is at Butts Road in the lively, leafy Surrey town of Woking in England.

It has come about largely through the energy and initiative of a group of enthusiasts. Two pairs of people, Mike Smith and David Wareham, on one hand, and Patrick Rowley and Dil Bahra on the other, with largely the same objective of working to preserve hockey's rich heritage, came together. When the two groups met some four years ago, they decided to form a Hockey Archives group.

The group was later expanded to include Katie Dodd, the former England international, and Ian Wilson, the Treasurer of England Hockey. The sextet blended instantly and enormous progress has been made. You can see how far we have progressed.

The collection, spanning the 125 years of hockey's existence, so far consists of books, magazines, photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, besides trophies, plaques, and the changes of hockey clothing, balls, and sticks - even hockey stamps. Some fascinating, even unique, things have come into our possession.

We are also in the process of obtaining extensive statistical records of hockey both for the UK and international hockey. But this is not just about the higher levels of our game. Our collection is a montage of hockey at all levels.

The initial driving force for this collection came from Mike Smith, he of Mercian sports goods fame, and chartered surveyor David Wareham, a former hockey umpire and official. Pat Rowley and Dil Bahra, as members of the Hockey Writers Club, had become increasingly aware of the dearth of readily available information on the game. Pat had realised how little was available back in 1969 when he wrote The Book of Hockey. Dil was particularly interested in India and the subcontinent. Katie Dodd became interested when she joined England Hockey and tried to pull together a historical display for women's hockey. Her energy and drive made her a natural leader for our group.

Ian Wilson was responsible for trying to save what records of England and UK hockey existed when England's National Stadium at Milton Keynes was sold. He set up an England Hockey Archive Steering Group and played a major role in making sure hockey literature was found a home at Bath University.

Our website has been sponsored by Denys Shortt, the former England U21 international, through one of his businesses. He is one of many in hockey who are supporting our venture; people who want to put something back into the game they love.

Thankfully many enthusiasts around the UK, the country where hockey was born, and the rest of the world, have retained and collected hockey memorabilia.

So if you know of anyone, wherever they are in the world, who would like to join us in our initiative or provide memorabilia, do get in touch. We are extremely grateful to Woking Borough Council and its enterprising museum, The Lightbox who have made the site at Butts Road available to us (at peppercorn rent) and provided valuable guidance and help.

Hockey now has two collections of archives. We played an important role in the setting up of the hockey section for Bath University's sports library where their archivist, Lizzie Richmond, has done a wonderful job.

Our next venture will be to make a display to have on view, possibly in Central London, in time for the London Olympics. Soon we will seek to secure individual donations while currently we are working to make the Museum a Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile do get in touch with us. We need your suggestions, ideas, and contributions.

Patrick Rowley, September 2011

Audrey Hewes (1932 - 2013)

20 December 2013
Audrey Hewes (1932 - 2013)

2013 closed with the sad news that Audrey Hewes died on 17 December; news that was all the more stunning as just four days before she was her usual chirpy self at our museum Christmas lunch. A larger than life character, Audrey was known and liked throughout the hockey world. Wherever...

Another Milestone For Pat Rowley

02 December 2013
Another Milestone For Pat Rowley

National Hockey Museum Trustee and hockey writer Patrick John Phillip Rowley turns 80 this Sunday (1.12.2013). One of the most senior hockey writers in the world, Pat has been involved in hockey since he first played for Hounslow in 1948 and reported for the Middlesex Chronicle, his local newspaper, on...

Victorian Hockey

03 October 2013
Victorian Hockey

Freddie Martin, a year five hockey player, is doing a School project on Victorian hockey (the School project is Victorians). As part of his research he contacted The Hockey Museum and attended the open day at the Museum on Thursday 3 October 2013. Freddie had the added bonus of meeting...

Call For Goalkeeping Equipment

20 August 2013

Whilst the collections within The Hockey Museum continue to grow every week, we are lacking in the goalkeeping department. In the main, we are looking for equipment from the 'leather' era. We do not have a single example of gloves or chest protectors. We would be very interested in anything...

Hockey In The Wars

14 August 2013

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Whilst the playing of organised hockey was largely suspended during both World Wars, many, if not most, hockey players of these periods were involved in the conflicts in one...

Argentinian Hockey Writer Visits THM

01 August 2013
Argentinian Hockey Writer Visits THM

Today’s visitor to the Museum was Eric Weil, the senior hockey correspondent in Argentina. British-born Weil emigrated to Argentina in 1951 and immediately wrote for The Standard, an English language paper, and from 1957 for the Buenos Aires Herald and Associated Press. In the past seven decades he has covered...

FIH Endorsement For The Hockey Museum

09 July 2013
FIH Endorsement For The Hockey Museum

At the recent Hockey World League event at Chiswick the International Hockey Ferderation (FIH) CEO, Kelly Fairweather, visited the The Hockey Museum (THM) stand and was clearly impressed with what he saw. In brief discussions, at a very busy event, Kelly said he would like to visit the Museum as soon...

The Polytechnic Sports Ground In Chiswick

30 June 2013
The Polytechnic Sports Ground In Chiswick

The Polytechnic Sports Ground in Chiswick, where the Investec World Womens League Semi-Finals are being played this week, was one of three venues used for the preliminery matches during the 1948 London Olympic Games. The famous pavilion, as seen in these two photographs is still there, although extended in 1960....

Sports Minister Visit

23 June 2013
Sports Minister Visit

The Hockey Museum stand at the Investec World Women's League Semi-Final played host to an important visitor yesterday evening when the Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, found time in his very busy schedule to have a look around. Escorted by Philip Kimberley, the England Hockey Board Chairman, he asked to visit...

Generous Donation By Former International

17 June 2013

Joan Wall, a former England women’s international, has made a generous donation to The Hockey Museum. She visited the Investec World League Semi-Final at Chiswick today and on arriving at the Museum’s display stand there, handed over a cheque for £1000. Joan, who represented England 14 times in the late...

Luciana Aymar Visit

17 June 2013
Luciana Aymar Visit

Luciana Aymar visited The Hockey Museum (THM) stand at Chiswick yesterday, following Argentina's 4-0 win over Italy in their final Pool A match at the Investec World League Semi-Final. Luciana is the only player in history to receive the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Player of the Year Award seven times and...

Denys Shortt OBE

03 June 2013
Denys Shortt OBE

We are delighted to announce that The Hockey Museum Life Member, Denys Shortt was recently at Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE for Services to the Economy. Denys, a former England Under 21 international, is a great supporter of hockey and of The Hockey Museum. He is a serial entrepreneur and...

Mike Barford Of Christ's Hospital Joins The Museum

21 May 2013

Mike Barford, a well known member of Richmond Hockey Club and long term organiser of the annual Varsity Match, has joined the volunteer team at the Museum. For the last six years, Mike Barford has been working in the Christ’s Hospital School (CH) Museum, leading a team of volunteers who...

England's Oldest International Player?

06 May 2013
England's Oldest International Player?

The Museum had a visit recently from two stars from the past, Bill Wyatt and John Peake. Bill, who has recently celebrated his 100th birthday, had the distinction of playing for England both before and after WW2, whilst the slightly younger John won a silver medal with Great Britain in...

Hockey And Crime

23 April 2013

Playing hockey in the streets was an issue for the police in the 1830s. In the minutes of evidence before the select committee on policing on 22 February 1838, Captain Peter Page told the committee: "In the neighbourhood of London there is 'hockey' played, by which serious injury may be committed...

Wembley

16 April 2013
Wembley

Nan Williams, a former England international and volunteer at The Hockey Museum, has been researching the history of the Wembley internationals that were played between 1951-1991. There must be loads of memorabilia, photos and stories that you all have that Nan would be interested in. Does anyone have photos of...

Oldest Hockey Photo?

18 February 2013

The Hockey Museum (THM) has acquired two photographs that are thought to be the oldest taken of the modern game. Three of the Museum’s Trustees attended the annual awards luncheon of the Hockey Writers' Club at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London’s Knightsbridge on 22 January. One of the guests...

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