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For many, Lockdown was an opportunity to have a ‘clear out’ and The Hockey Museum (THM) has received a tremendous amount of new material as a result.

Despite being closed for a significant part of the year, we received over 100 new collections. Among these:

  • The collection of late National League umpire Tarsem Chaggar;
  • A gift of master tapes and DVDs of coaching films was received from England international and Olympic coach Gavin Featherstone;
  • The remnants of the Hounslow HC collection arrived;
  • The doctoral thesis of Joanne Halpin: ‘Will You Walk into our Parlour?’: The Rise of Leagues and their Impact on the Governance of Women’s Hockey in England 1895-1939;
  • 23 volumes of Punch managazine containing 23 cartoons of hockey spanning 101 years from 1850 to 1951;
  • We received further material from the career of England’s World Cup-winning captain Anita White;
  • A loan of material relating to GB goalkeeper Harry Haslam, including a framed portrait painting and his Olympic gold medal; and
  • The library that already held nearly 2,000 books has received 40 more during the two lockdowns.


THM’s dedicated band of volunteers have continued to come in whenever we have been allowed to open, cataloguing material and making headway against our backlog.

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Anita White's England blazer from the 1971 International Federation of Women's Hockey

Associations (IFWHA) World Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, 1971.

We have made great strides to collate all the magazines held by THM across the various collections, working to create full sets and identify gaps in preparation for forthcoming digitisation projects. We will be putting out appeals for those we are missing, so stay tuned.

THM’s commitment to collections and archiving was confirmed at the recent Trustees’ Meeting, held on Zoom of course, when it was agreed to increase Carli’s role as Collections Officer to three days per week from 1 January. Also, with the number of archives held by THM increasing, it was decided to advertise for a two-days-per-week Archivist to assist progress in this vital area. These appointments will need volunteer support, so if you’re interested in hockey heritage, do please make contact.

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 Objects from the collection of umpire Tarsem Chaggar.

As part of the Hidden Histories Illustrated project, in partnership with Sporting Heritage and Illustrator Jessica Hartshorn, The Hockey Museum is excited to be included in The Christmas Calendar 'Match It' game.

We have 24 unusual objects from sporting museums across the UK and your task is to try and match the image to the clue. Can you match them all? Also, complete the colouring in sheet, which includes the sporting objects on the answer page. Click the image below to download the activities.

Large print version available.

 

Hidden Histories

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The Hockey Museum (THM) is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund. The award is for a study to assess the feasibility of a mobile exhibition facility so that the stories and objects from hockey’s rich history can be shared more easily and more widely with the public.

THM have commissioned Tricolor Associates to work with its team on this exciting project, which has the potential to engage audiences with hockey heritage on a national and possibly even European level.

THM Trustee, Philip Kimberley who led the grant application said:

“THM is grateful to Arts Council England and the National Lottery for their support of the initial planning and feasibility work for a mobile hockey exhibition/experience. We are the custodians of a wonderfully vast array of heritage objects and historical stories, but outside of its exhibitions at major international tournaments, THM has lacked the ability to consistently and impactfully share these with the public. This opportunity to ask, listen, learn and get creative with the concept of a mobile facility begins yet another stage of THM’s innovative journey.”

Sarah Dowd, Director of Tricolor said:

“Tricolor is delighted to be working with The Hockey Museum to explore new, innovative options for engaging with players, families and fans in the hockey community and beyond. The museum shows real aspiration and a desire to disrupt how sports heritage is made accessible to different audiences, tapping into the heart of what makes sport playing and spectatorship so enjoyable and for some, a lifelong passion.”

For further information, please use the contact form.

The Hockey Museum (THM) is pleased to announce that one of its latest acquisitions is a set of coaching tapes produced by well-known international hockey coach Gavin Featherstone. Gavin has gifted to the museum the master tapes from 14 videos that he produced from the mid 1980s through to the mid naughties. As part of the gift Gavin has passed to THM the rights for us to use the extensive footage to help promote the activity of THM.

Gavin played for and captained England in 42 matches at all levels before becoming a coach. His coaching took him all over the world, including taking the USA and South African teams to the Olympic Games. It was his experience of coaching around the world that forms the basis of these amazing coaching tapes.

The tapes cover a wide-ranging subject list, incorporating Gavin’s very analytical and sometimes unique take on hockey. They are of an exceptionally high quality and include fascinating footage of matches that are not normally available. We will be presenting a full listing, including a few clips, in the new year.

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Left: Gavin directing training exercises for the tapes in Los Angeles, USA.

Right: A selection of covers from Gavin's coaching tapes.


Gavin visited THM recently to deliver the tapes, saying that he hoped they would add to the many treasures already in THM. In addition to his coaching, Gavin has already penned three books on hockey which are available from THM’s shop – please make an enquiry through our website contact form (select "THM Shop"):

  • The Hockey Dynamic: Examining the Forces That Shaped the Modern Game
  • That Ain’t Hockey - More a Way of Life
  • Hockey in the Blood

His new venture is in writing novels, with his first released this month. Titled Rhesus Positive, it is a suspense-fuelled thriller and is available via Amazon Books. A review of his new title appears on the Book Reviews page of our website.

As we arrive at Lockdown 2.0 in England and hockey's league season comes to an abrupt halt, we look back on a few of our favourite pieces of material collected during the first push and hopefully bring a bit of happiness and warmth in doing so.

You can find out more about The Hockey Museum's #CollectingCOVID contemporary collecting initiative here.

All images and video shared here with the permission of the club, school or provider.

 

Wick Ladies' HC

Wick Ladies' HC wrote a club song that inspired a virtual club music festival.  How's that for teamwork?

https://youtu.be/JAQvb3lqQ5k

 

Merton HC

Junior players from Merton HC in South London conducted a skills marathon (26 skills in 26 minutes) to fundraise for the NHS and NSPCC Childline. They raised a wonderful £700!

https://youtu.be/8tTaz4N4NsM

 

West Bridgford HC

Steve Lemotee of West Bridgford HC enjoyed some socially distanced dribbling around Nottingham without getting tackled.

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Left to right: Steve Lemottee in Nottingham Arboretum, dribbling around the city's Robin Hood statue, and being closed down by an on-rushing, heavy-set opponent.



10 Touch Challenge

The 10 Touch Challenge went viral complete with loo rolls and hockey got in on the action.

https://youtu.be/TgQ56flVaHs

 

Godolphin & Latymer School

Godolphin & Latymer School's girl's hockey team ran to fundraise for the NHS. They raised nearly £10,000!

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Godolphin & Latymer School's girl's hockey team who ran 5km and used GPS to spell out a message of support in the process.



Big Night Spin Challenge

The Big Night Spin Challenge brought back memories of festival hockey games.

https://youtu.be/Xhosh8T4D2Y

 

Footscray HC

And our appeal even reached Australia with Footscray HC in Melbourne delighting us with a re-imagining (ahem) of John Lennon's signature tune.

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Mercian House in 1988, adorned with bunting and Union 'Jack' flag following the GB men winning the gold medal at the Seoul Olympic Games. Hundreds of passing motorists sounded their horns in appreciation.

 

The Curator and founder of The Hockey Museum (THM) Mike Smith was also the founder of the well-known hockey equipment supplier Mercian, back in 1974. The business moved to Woking in 1978 and its home and premises in Maybury Road became a well-known hockey landmark, both for players looking for equipment and the millions that passed by on the train.

Mercian’s home at 151-152 Maybury Road also became the spiritual home/birthplace of THM thanks to Mike’s deep interest in the history and heritage of our sport. He collected anything to do with hockey and with a warehouse at the rear of the premises he was able to store things! He set up a library and archive which many students of hockey visited long before THM became a reality in its own home in 2011, also in Woking.

Mercian prospered and moved to larger premises a year or so ago, meaning that Mercian House became redundant. Although, after 42 years of faithful service to hockey the building and site are to be redeveloped, a link will continue as the development is to retain the name of Mercian House. The cast nameplate that has adorned it for the past four decades will continue a link with our sport.

GBIITS SQUAD ON USA TOUR 1965

Back row: Jennie Braham (England); Joan Horne (Ireland); Maureen Short (E); Helen Weir (Scotland); Bridget Cannel (E); Thelma Hopkins (I); Valerie Sinclair (S).
Sitting: Mary Hyland (Wales); Janice Mitchell (S); Joyce Hunter (S); Mrs Hopkins, Manager (I); Nan Thomas (W); Ellen Toulson (E); Helen O’Neil (I).
Kneeling: Barbara Stacey (W); Janet Morgan (W).


Following hot on the heels of our Great Britain (GB) men’s centenary in the build up to National Sporting Heritage Day 2020, our stats project has revealed another distinguished occasion: the first, newly certified GB women’s matches.

The 55th anniversary was last week (more detail here), but its significance was only realised following new research by The Hockey Museum (THM). Previously, the test matches played by the Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team in the USA in 1965 were not considered official and did not count as GB-capped matches. So, not only did these matches take place before what was previously recognised as the first GB women’s match, but these women have now become the first GB players!

The problem is that we haven’t been able to trace them all – or their families – to give them the good news. We have located six of the squad: Janice Lang (nee Mitchell) and Valerie Crombie (nee Sinclair) from Scotland; Eirianwen (Nan) Thomas and Janet Hopkin (Morgan) from Wales; and Joan Priestman (Horne) of Ireland. They have all contributed to the telling of the story of the tour.

Following recent promotion, we received three more contacts – Helen O'Boyle (nee O'Neill), Ellen Jenkins (nee Toulson) and the son of Jennifer Stokes (nee Braham) who sadly died in 2012  but there are six still to trace. Can you help us?


Bridget Parkes
(nee Cannell; capped for England) – married just before the tour; at that time living in the Manchester area.

Mary Hyland (capped for Wales) – possibly emigrated to Canada.

Thelma Hopkins (capped for Ireland also in athletics) – married (McClernon) at end of the tour before emigrating to Canada.

Joyce Hunter (Tour Captain; capped for Scotland) – deceased, so looking for family connections.

Helen Weir (GK; capped for Scotland) – deceased, so looking for family connections.

Maureen Short (capped for England) – deceased, so looking for family connections.


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Following the centenary of the first Great Britain (GB) men’s international match (vs Denmark) on 1 September 1920 at the Antwerp Olympic Games comes the 55th anniversary of the GB women’s team’s first international appearance on 9 October 1965.

This game occurred during a 63-day tour of the USA by a British and Irish team, nicknamed the GBITTs, comprising players from all four Home Nations.

The game against the 1964 US team was played on grass at Kent Place School, New Jersey, and resulted in a 5-1 win for the British team. Their highly impressive tour record against all teams was: played 24, with 22 wins, one draw and one defeat, 161 goals for and 13 against.

A further game against the 1965 US team, now designated as Great Britain’s second official women’s international, took place on 28 November 1965 at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, during the annual USFHA Tournament. It ended in a 4-4 draw. The tourists’ only defeat was a 2-1 reverse against Brandywine.

 

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Joan Horne's blazer from the Great Britain and Ireland tour of USA, 1965.
Image credit: Dublin City Library and Irish Hockey Archives.


The tour was sanctioned by the Women’s British & Irish Hockey Board but was self-financed by the players, although the Welsh members received £50 from their governing body. The squad comprised 15 players – four each from England, Scotland and Wales and three from Ireland, one of whom was from Ulster – plus a manager Mrs Hopkins, the mother of the Ulster representative Thelma Hopkins. They had no coach, physio or other support staff.

The squad was largely made up of existing internationals although a Welsh member, Mary Hyland, who replaced the English Jean Mead, was a Wales Reserve player with no previous senior caps and gained none after the tour. Three others – one each from England, Wales and Scotland – were from their nations’ Reserve teams. Four of the party, including the captain Joyce Hunter, a Scot, plus the manager, have now passed away, the whereabouts of four more are unknown and two are believed to have emigrated to Canada.

GBIITS SQUAD ON USA TOUR 1965
Back row: Jennie Braham (England); Joan Horne (Ireland); Maureen Short (E); Helen Weir (Scotland); Bridget Cannel (E); Thelma Hopkins (I); Valerie Sinclair (S).
Sitting: Mary Hyland (Wales); Janice Mitchell (S); Joyce Hunter (S); Mrs Hopkins, Manager (I); Nan Thomas (W); Ellen Toulson (E); Helen O’Neil (I).
Kneeling: Barbara Stacey (W); Janet Morgan (W).


The players had not met as a team before the tour; their first game together was in the first match against Long Island which they won 11-0. This was not their biggest win as they later beat Baltimore 12-0.

Despite the one defeat the captain Joyce Hunter said: “We can still claim a record – we never came off the field with a wet uniform, a tribute to US weather and our luck!”
The quality of the pitches they encountered was varied with some described as “like a ploughed field.”

24 games in 63 days, mainly along the East Coast, from Boston in the North to Virginia in the South and Chicago to the West, meant a lot of travel by air and on Greyhound buses. Accommodation was with families, some in very plush homes and in colleges, with roommates rotated to help in team bonding. All five tourists this writer spoke to were full of praise for the hospitality they received and the facilities at the college venues.

The food they enjoyed was also much praised with the generous helpings a great temptation. Fitness was maintained in runs rather than in gyms. Lobster at Hugo’s in Boston proved memorable while beef burgers and the 28 varieties of ice cream at Howard Johnson’s were favourites.

Despite the short down time between matches, the squad managed to visit many famous tourist places en route. At the outset they visited the World’s Fair in New York, a flight to Rochester gave them a view of the Great Lakes, and Niagara Falls was a highlight. In Washington they visited the Capitol, the White House and Arlington Cemetery, which they found very moving. Their final three days after the last game were based in a New York hotel and allowed visits to the Empire State building, the United Nations, Broadway, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Greenwich Village – and the inevitable shopping. Some admitted to having to buy a larger suitcase for the return flight.

Following this highly successful tour, it would be some 13 years before a formal Great Britain structure was put in place to select and prepare a team to compete in the first women’s Olympic tournament in Moscow in 1980. Because of the boycott GB did not compete in Moscow and it was not until the 1988 Seoul Games that GB women made their Olympic debut.

 

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 GBITT and USA captains with Constance Applebee, the British-born
pioneer credited with bringing hockey to the United States.

 

Sheila Morrow, President of Great Britain Hockey, commenting on the anniversary event, said: “I have enormous pleasure and pride to add my congratulations to the pioneering group of women who represented Great Britain & Ireland on the 1965 tour and are now recognised as playing the first ever women’s GB matches and earning the first ever women’s GB honours caps.

“Those visionary officials who collaborated to ensure the tour went ahead, together with the players selected to represent GB, certainly paved the way for future squads and set a standard that all subsequent GB internationals have striven to emulate. As GB President, I look forward to meeting members of this first team as soon as practicable and giving public acknowledgement of their achievements.”

Scot Janice Lang (nee Mitchell) summed up the reaction of the players, twelve of whom will earn honours caps, saying: “I’m absolutely stunned at the news but delighted to get tangible recognition of our achievement after all this time.”

The importance of this USA tour in the annals of hockey history has been uncovered by the very thorough investigative work carried out by the volunteer statisticians at The Hockey Museum. It is amazing that prior to this study project no definitive playing records existed for the Great Britain teams. It was through the investigations that this 1965 tour became apparent and, as the Americans had advertised the two games as full internationals, it was obvious that GB had to consider including them.

The study is now complete with 415 women’s matches in addition to the 615 men’s matches. The records give full results of all matches, with goal scorers, match number and, most interestingly, the player numbers. The numbers for the tourists to the USA are easy to determine as they were the very first GB women’s internationals. The remainder, together with all the other fascinating information, will be announced in May 2021 when the GB teams preparing to go to the Tokyo Olympics will receive their international honours caps.

This will be followed over the next few years by definitive details of England players, hopefully in time for the World Cups, then a listing of all international matches ever played, some 29,000 of them. The Hockey Museum also has volunteers working on a listing of Umpires and Officials, the unsung heroes of our sport. Then we will turn our attention to the English National and Regional Leagues for which virtually no complete records exist.

 

If you fancy getting involved with this fascinating and rewarding work, please get in touch. Don’t be frightened off because you have no experience in statistics.

The writer is indebted to the five tourists who contributed to the composition of the story of the USA tour: Janice Lang (nee Mitchell) and Valerie Crombie (Sinclair) from Scotland; Eirianwen (Nan) Thomas and Janet Hopkin (Morgan) from Wales; and Joan Priestman (Horne) of Ireland. Their memories in recalling events 55 years ago were remarkable.


To continue our good work and to achieve our ambitions we really need your help. You can support our charitable museum financially by donating or becoming a Friend.

Please contribute to the creation of a world-class museum for hockey and help us to give hockey's history a future.

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To celebrate this year's National Sporting Heritage Day, Sporting Heritage have created a family treasure hunt showcasing the amazing sporting heritage collections available around the UK, including that of The Hockey Museum.

Click the map below to visit the Sporting Heritage website and begin your treasure hunt.

 

NSHD Treasure Map Final

https://youtu.be/sR_WV0JNIsI


The Hockey Museum in Woking has had a first sight of a 1920 Olympic gold medal. It was won by Harry Haslam OBE, the Great Britain (GB) hockey goalkeeper at the Antwerp Games, and is on loan to the Museum from the Haslam family, together with memorabilia, including an oil painting of Haslam, his Antwerp participation medal and civilian medals.

 

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The Harry Haslam display at The Hockey Museum.   


The medal and memorabilia was on display at a private presentation at the Museum on 5 September, the centenary of the close of the 1920 hockey tournament, attended by ten of Haslam’s descendants - socially distanced, of course. They received a personalised tour of the Museum and Haslam's GB honours cap from triple Olympic hockey goalkeeper Simon Mason. It was a wonderful event with three generations of Haslam's descendents present and the children clearly delighting in the experience.

 

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 Harry Haslam’s honours cap is presented to his great grandson Richard Ottaway by triple Olympian Simon Mason.   Christopher Ottaway, descendent of Harry Haslam, wearing the honours cap commemorating his relative’s hockey appearances (caps) for Great Britain.   Francesca Ottaway wearing her great, great grandfather's honours cap. 

 

Richard Ottaway, great grandson of Harry, said:

"The day was truly memorable for all of us; the cap really is a thing of beauty, significance and status. My daughter Francesca was really taken in by everything. I never want to force anything on her so when sporting and family heritage is able to be passed on in this way it is very pleasing. You captured some wonderful photos – infinite thanks for everything."

Harry Haslam has been designated as GB men’s player number one. The official launch of honours caps to current and past GB international hockey players will be held at an FIH Pro League weekend in London next May.

 

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Harry Haslam’s gold medal from the Antwerp Olympic Games of 1920.

Font: left / Obverse: right

 

The Antwerp medal is of gold gilt, unlike the 1908 London Olympic gold medal also held on loan by the Museum and looks more like silver. It is believed this less expensive metal was used be-cause money was scarce so soon after World War One.

On the obverse of the medal, a tall, naked athlete, holding in his left hand a palm leaf and a laurel crown, symbols of victory. On the reverse, the Antwerp monument, commemorating the legend of Brabo, hero of the city, throwing into the river the hand of a giant who had been terrorizing shipping.

If you are a former GB player, we are interested in talking to you about our plans to make available honours caps to you and your peers. Please get in touch via the website contact form.

Are you tech savvy and understand the power of social media?


Are you plugged into hockey’s diverse community?


Do you have a marketing/fundraising background?

The Hockey Museum (THM) needs you!

THM’s Board of Trustees is currently looking to bring new skills onboard. THM is the world’s only museum dedicated to the sport of hockey and we want to build a Board that better represents the diversity of the hockey family as well as expanding our skill set.

The physical museum that houses our collections is located in Woking, Surrey; however, we are now developing our online collection and resources to become digital by default within five years. We are building strong online partnerships with both England Hockey and The International Hockey Federation.

The museum is run by a small permanent staff team who are supported by over forty regular volunteers and a Board of Trustees. We are seeking to recruit one or two new trustees who would wish to be part of our exciting project as we continue to grow and promote THM.

Being a trustee of THM is a voluntary role and trustees are expected to attend four board meetings per year. As THM is a very small museum, trustees are necessarily required to be more involved in the museum’s operations and most trustees carry out a specific role based on their skills and experience. This will require some extra work outside of general trustee duties as carried out for board meetings; this work may be undertaken remotely.

You do not need to be a hockey player to be a trustee. We are seeking enthusiastic people who can add value to our museum by applying their skills and experience to help us lead THM into the future. We are committed to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on our Board and we are particularly keen to receive applications from BAME communities. We have noted that the age profile of the Board is another element of diversity we wish to address.

If you have the relevant skills or experience in the areas identified above, we would love to hear from you. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or email your CV and a one page letter detailing why you are interested. The closing date for applications is Monday 26 October 2020.

Sharing Heritage: THM Completes Its Oral History Project Funded By HLF

29 December 2016
Sharing Heritage: THM Completes Its Oral History Project Funded By HLF

THM Oral Histories Lead, Evelyn Somerville interviews Howard Davies. Image credit: Mike Smith The Hockey Museum was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for an exciting project to collect Oral Histories from past players, umpires, officials and administrators....

Merry Christmas From The Hockey Museum - It's Newsletter Vol.10

16 December 2016

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THM Seeks Webmaster, GSOH, DTE, PDA

24 November 2016

The Hockey Museum is seeking a volunteer Webmaster to develop and oversee its website and advise on web and IT progress generally. Interested parties should have a working knowledge of PHP language and MySQL. Experience of Content Management Systems (The Hockey Museum uses Joomla) would be ideal but not essential....

THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

21 November 2016
THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

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Volunteers' Day 2016

08 November 2016
Volunteers' Day 2016

The second annual Volunteers' Day was held at the Hockey Museum on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 October 2016, with around 25 people in attendance including special guest Peter Savage, long time hockey photographer and journalist, his wife Stella and family members. Curator Mike Smith opened proceedings and Chair of...

THM Seeks Partner In An AHRC Collaborative PhD

17 October 2016

As part of the Sport in Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) consortium, The Hockey Museum (THM) has been given the opportunity to submit an application for a fully-funded PhD studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) starting in the 2017/18 academic year. This PhD will be jointly supervised...

100 Year Milestone for Des Simon

11 October 2016
100 Year Milestone for Des Simon

David Balbirnie with Des Simon and his family at his 100th year birthday celebrations.   On Tuesday 20 September 2016 Des Simon, a Past President of the former Irish Hockey Union and Hockey Ireland Honorary Life Member, celebrated his 100th birthday. Des, a long standing member of Cliftonville Hockey Club, has...

The Hockey Museum Calendar For 2017

15 September 2016
The Hockey Museum Calendar For 2017

The Hockey Museum (THM) has launched a limited-edition calendar for 2017. It covers 16 months (September 2016 to December 2017) so that if fully incorporates the hockey season – and you can start using it right away! Featuring a stylish and clean aesthetic in-keeping with THM’s branding, the calendar is illustrated with...

GB & England Hockey Announce New Performance Director

02 September 2016

Following a worldwide search, Great Britain and England Hockey is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ed Barney PhD as Performance Director. Dr Barney's track record of maximising performance, talent identification and strategic thinking made him the outstanding candidate for the role. With international experience in hockey, cricket and...

Danish Discoveries Pose Intriguing Questions

24 August 2016
Danish Discoveries Pose Intriguing Questions

I thought I might share a recent happening you just as an example of some of the work and occurrences at The Hockey Museum. It never ceases to amaze me how the happenings continue to happen! Recently we received a contact from a player in Denmark who is interested in...

Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh Donates To THM

20 August 2016
Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh Donates To THM

After visiting the Museum in April to help its Communications Lead Lynne Morgan with her research on the total number of Great Britain capped female hockey players, GB & England International and four times Olympian, Helen Richardson-Walsh kindly agreed to lend the Museum her bronze medal from the London 2012...

THM Supplies Old Rules For ELHC Anniversary Match

17 August 2016
THM Supplies Old Rules For ELHC Anniversary Match

Recently, The Hockey Museum (THM) had an enquiry from East London Hockey Club. They have been celebrating their 25th anniversary this summer and as part of the celebrations wanted to put on a match played to the rules of their inaugural 1990/91 season. ELHC contacted THM to request the rules...

Olympic Hockey Exhibition At Surrey History Centre

08 August 2016
Olympic Hockey Exhibition At Surrey History Centre

Members of THM and SHC teams pose with Olympian John Peake and decedants of Olympian Gerald Logan.  2016 is an exciting Olympic year with the Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016 and the Paralympics in September. To celebrate, The Hockey Museum (THM)...

Let Us Explain About Our Shane

31 July 2016
Let Us Explain About Our Shane

The Hockey Museum is delighted to announce its second professional appointment. Shane Smith has been appointed as Curatorial Assistant on a one-year contract and begins today. He joined the Museum in October 2013 as Volunteer Curator of Art and later as Digital Content Editor of the website. His wide ranging skills...

Reel-y Good News: THM Wins HLF Support To Digitise Films

24 July 2016
Reel-y Good News: THM Wins HLF Support To Digitise Films

The Hockey Museum has been awarded a grant of £15,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to digitise its collection of nearly 100 old hockey films dating back to the 1930s. This project will preserve the films and also make them available for viewing by a wide range...

Bollywood And Hockey

21 July 2016
Bollywood And Hockey

Alia Bhatt at premiere of 'Udta Punjab'. The recently released Bollywood movie Udta Punjab has something special for the hockey lovers. The movie, which focuses on the drug abuse problem in the Indian state of Punjab, has hockey as a major influence with actor Alia Bhatt playing a role of a...

A Boost For THM's Worldwide Hockey Heritage Study

27 June 2016
A Boost For THM's Worldwide Hockey Heritage Study

Katie Dodd addresses the FIH reception during the Champions Trophy; credit: Jon Rye. The Hockey Museum (THM) was delighted to welcome Leandro Negre, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, to its reception to promote the current Worldwide Scoping Study, held in THM exhibition marquee during the Women’s Champions Trophy. The...

When Alice Met Helen

23 June 2016
When Alice Met Helen

Alice Hannan, aged 10 from The Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Surrey, met Great Britain star Helen Richardson-Walsh on Tuesday. Alice, the winner of The Hockey Museum's (THM) Art of Hockey competition, was presented with art materials, a signed copy of her winning artwork and a signed miniature hockey...

The Hockey Museum At The Champions Trophy In Olympic Park, London

22 June 2016
The Hockey Museum At The Champions Trophy In Olympic Park, London

We are now into the second week of the Men’s and Women’s Champions Trophy Events at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Hockey Museum (THM) marquee and exhibition have again been a great attraction for many of the spectators who braved...

Feast Your Eyes On Newsletter Vol.8

20 June 2016

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HRH Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honour For Pat Rowley

20 June 2016
HRH Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honour For Pat Rowley

Pat Rowley; credit: Dil Bahra Pat Rowley, one of our co-founder Trustees, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Hockey in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on 11 June 2016. One of the most senior hockey writers in the world, Pat has been involved in hockey...

Winners Announced For The Art Of Hockey Competition

09 June 2016

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What Can You Tell Us About Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage?

18 April 2016

This is an exciting time for hockey’s international heritage. Over the past five years, The Hockey Museum (THM) has established itself as the lead organisation to support hockey heritage in the UK. The museum is now working with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to expand this work worldwide. The aim...

Less Than One Month To Enter The Art Of Hockey Competition

08 April 2016
Less Than One Month To Enter The Art Of Hockey Competition

Primary schools have less than one month until The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition closes. The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, is open to primary schools across the United Kingdom. Children are invited to design their own piece of two-dimensional artwork about...

A Marathon Effort

29 March 2016

Financing the setting up and the running of our museum has been a very interesting exercise over the past five years. The money came initially and mainly from our Volunteers and Friends, without whom there would never have been The Hockey Museum. More latterly our endeavours have been rewarded by...

Irish Olympic Silver Medal: Oh No It Isn’t!

15 March 2016
Irish Olympic Silver Medal: Oh No It Isn’t!

In January we thought that we had found one of the 'Holy Grail' items of hockey when it was reported from Dublin that one of the 1908 Olympic Silver Medals had been discovered. We only had a small photo to go on but, as Ireland took the silver medal in...

Centenarian Still Going Strong

08 March 2016

Former Royal Navy hockey player Admiral Dick Wildish has celebrated his 101st birthday. He played in the Inter Services hockey matches in 1939 and again in 1946 and is currently the longest serving Vice President of the Royal Navy Hockey Association (RNHA), having been elected in 1970. During WW2 he...

Situations Vacant

25 February 2016

The Hockey Museum (THM) is a volunteer-led organisation and our fifty volunteers are responsible for everything that the museum achieves. Yet, as more people hear about THM and our reputation grows, there is more to be done. Not everything happens at the Museum itself in Woking. Whilst we are actively...

The Art Of Hockey: THM Launches Primary School Art Competition

23 February 2016
The Art Of Hockey: THM Launches Primary School Art Competition

This week, The Hockey Museum (THM) launches a UK-wide competition for primary schools, with the winning design being displayed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Hockey Museum's Art of Hockey competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, is open to primary schools across the United Kingdom. Children are invited...

Gavin Featherstone Joins THM Team

17 February 2016

Well-known and well-travelled hockey coach and author Gavin Featherstone has joined The Hockey Museum volunteers team as the principle reviewer for our new website feature page Book Reviews. We hope to review at least one book per month and we have quite a backlog. Perhaps surprisingly to some there are...

Feast Your Eyes On Newsletter Vol.7

04 February 2016

Our latest newsletter is now available to download. Catch up on all the latest going ons at The Hockey Museum by following this link. You'll also discover an archive of all previous newsletters. Shane Smith, 4 February 2016

The Irishman Cometh: David Balbirnie Visits THM

01 February 2016
The Irishman Cometh: David Balbirnie Visits THM

Last week The Hockey Museum (THM) had the pleasure of welcoming David Balbirnie, the Museum's International Hockey Federation (FIH) nominated Trustee, to our Woking home. The appointment of Irishman Mr Balbirnie, the former European Hockey Federation Hon. General Secretary, to THM Board Of Trustees is a sign of the Museum's increasingly...

The Hockey Writers' Club Lunch 2016 And The Commemorative Pennant

26 January 2016
The Hockey Writers' Club Lunch 2016 And The Commemorative Pennant

At the annual Hockey Writers' Club Lunch on 20 January 2016, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, Leandro Negre, made his customary, 'The State of Hockey' address to a room packed with hockey media, candidates for the Hockey Writers' annual awards and hockey enthusiasts and supporters. It is always a...

THM Announces Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

20 January 2016
THM Announces Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

The Hockey Museum (THM) is delighted to announce that it has awarded the contract to scope hockey's worldwide heritage to the Justine Reilly Consultancy (JRC). The team will be headed up by Dr Justine Reilly, who has 15 years experience of managing large multi-partner heritage programmes and extensive experience of...

The Hockey Museum Launches First Ever Calendar

19 January 2016
The Hockey Museum Launches First Ever Calendar

The Hockey Museum (THM) has launched a limited-edition calendar for 2016. Featuring a stylish and clean aesthetic in-keeping with THM’s branding, the calendar is illustrated with highlights from the Museum’s varied and ever-expanding collection of artefacts and archives from across the centuries, as well as notable dates throughout the year...

Irish Silver Medal Discovered

18 January 2016
Irish Silver Medal Discovered

At the 1908 London Olympics, six nations participated in what was the first Olympic hockey competition. The gold medal was won by England who beat Ireland 8-1 in the final. We have seen several of the gold medals and indeed we have one in our collection at The Hockey Museum....

An Enquiry To Cap It All

08 January 2016
An Enquiry To Cap It All

Interest in The Hockey Museum is partly reflected in the ever increasing number of enquiries that we receive. Hockey is a very wide ranging subject and so are the questions. Invariably we find at least part of the answer but one recent question has us stumped. The photograph to the...

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