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Bridget Cannell's daughter, Tracy French, and son, Mike Cannell, received their mother's honours cap from former Great Britain internationals Jan Burrows (former England captain, second left) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain, far right).

 

The Great Britain (GB) caps initiative – an ongoing project to recognize the achievements of current and former GB international players by awarding them honours caps – is a direct product of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) wider National Playing Statistics Project. It continues to uncover amazing and emotional stories.

Other articles can be found on our website (click here and here), but the most recent presentation was to the family of the late Bridget Cannell. Bridget was a member of the very first GB women’s team which toured the USA in 1965.

 

GBIITS SQUAD ON USA TOUR 1965
 

The Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team of 1965.

Back row: Jennie Braham (England); Joan Horne (Ireland); Maureen Short (E); Helen Weir (Scotland); Bridget Cannell (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).

 

Being a member of that first ever GB team made Bridget women’s GB player number 6. The next GB team was not formed until the late 1970s meaning she only ever won the two caps from that tour. She did win England caps in this era but that is another story entirely. The plot thickens further because originally this USA tour was not recorded in any British records. None of the British players who participated were recorded as having won international caps. On the other hand, the USA did count the games as full internationals and with THM compiling the GB match records as part of its statistics project, it seemed obvious that these matches had to be recognised.

Tracing all of the players from this 1965 tour has proved an interesting and as yet incomplete exercise, but we are getting there. Indeed, tracing all of the 581 men and women players who have ever represented GB hockey is a major task. We estimate that about 150 will have passed away and this is backed by actuarial tables. For those who have died we are endeavouring to make contact with their families and Bridget Cannell is a case in point.

Having made contact with Bridget’s daughter Tracy French, we looked to set up a presentation. Making the contact with Tracy was an amazing piece of detective work by Katie Dodd (ex Met Police!) who, supported by a number of THM’s other volunteers, used many contacts to track down Bridget’s family in Cumbria. Once the contact was made, Tracy and her family became very keen to see her mother honoured and her achievements remembered. With national Covid restrictions in place the event was held at Tracy’s home with her family, her brother and her aunt who was Bridget’s sister. We arranged for former GB international players Jan Burrows (former England captain) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain) to attend and present the cap. Also in attendance were Tracy’s cousins who have played hockey in Windermere, so the hockey connection continues.

Sadly, the Cumbrian weather did not play its part on the day but an emotional and joyful presentation was not dampened. Jan and Mary were very pleased and proud to present the cap on behalf of Great Britain Hockey and THM; it is fair to say that the whole family were truly moved to receive Bridget’s cap. Jan and Mary had never met the family before the presentation but at the end of an amazing afternoon Mary said that she almost felt part of the Cannell family.

 

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 From left to right: Jan Burrows, Tracy French, Tricia Mossop (Bridget Cannell's sister), and Mary Eckersall.   Not even inclement weather could dampen the spirits during a wonderful day celebrating Bridget Cannell's hockey achievements.

 

Tracy wrote to the Museum after the presentation:

“Yesterday was perfect. The gathering of a group of people to remember one person brings you all very close to the presence of who they were, perhaps even more so yesterday as I looked at Jan and Mary and saw determined women made with the same strength and resilience as Mum. The cap is beautifully made and will be treasured … This has been a delightful journey that kept our spirits up during Covid lockdown and started conversations about Mum that I wouldn’t have had.”

This whole story gives truth to the strength of the 'Hockey Family'. We now look forward to arranging the presentation of honours caps to Jan and Mary and to the hundreds of other GB players.

Mirror Sporting Heritage

 

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The Hockey Museum (THM) enjoys a close and fruitful working relationship with Sporting Heritage, the subject-specialist network that supports the collection, preservation, access to and research of sporting collections in the UK.

Arising from this, THM was recently offered the opportunity to feature in a national newspaper editorial promoting the diverse wealth of sporting heritage in the UK. We seized this opportunity with both hands and the editorial appeared last weekend in The Daily Mirror travel supplement.

To read the editorial and familiarise yourself with some of our fellow sporting heritage institutions, please click the PDF icon.

The culmination of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) project to create definitive playing records for Great Britain (GB) international hockey players matches will be the presentation of honours caps to every player with whom we can make contact.

We can now state with confidence that 578 men and women have represented Great Britain since the first outing at the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920. Of this figure 368 of them are men, the disparity between the numbers of men and women being because women’s hockey was only introduced into the Olympic programme in 1980.

 

Honours Cap Awards

THM has so far made the following awards of GB honours caps. If some of the cap totals of these former players seem small in comparison to today, it is because there were many fewer international matches played in years gone by.

 

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John Peake

7 GB caps; debut in 1948.

John played in the 1948 Olympic Games when GB won the silver medal. He is now the only surviving member of that team. We are pleased to report that John is very fit and well and living in a care home in West London. We were not able to make an official hockey presentation because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation (in January 2021), so the Manager of the home, Gayane Selimyan, was truly delighted to present the cap on hockey’s behalf, as John is a very popular resident.

The cap includes John’s record of his debut in 1948, his having played seven times for GB and that he was the 44th player to represent Great Britain.

 

Colin Dickie Dale GB cap award

 

Colin Dale

4 GB caps; debut in 1956.

Colin Dale played for GB in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and was capped 36 times for Wales.

Owing to Covid restrictions (in April 2021), Colin received his cap at his home in Lincolnshire from his son Graham, who is himself a former Minor Counties cricketer with Huntingdonshire.

In very exciting news, The Hockey Museum (THM) is re-opening this month!

We will be welcoming back our volunteers, socially distanced and safely, from the week commencing 17 May 2021 and returning to our regular public opening hours from the week of 21 June 2021 in line with the current government road map.

Should members of the public wish to visit before June, we will return to accepting visits by appointment outside of our volunteer days to minimise risk.

 

A New Exhibit Telling The Story of Changing Goalkeeper Equipment During The 1980s

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Ahead of re-opening, the museum team have been undertaking some light refurbishment works before we welcome back our wonderful volunteers and the visiting public. Keen to create a fresh, welcoming experience we’ve changed a few exhibits and had a good de-clutter to boot.

One new exhibit, co-curated with former England and Great Britain (GB) goalkeeper John Hurst, tells the story of the innovative introduction of new protective kit by GB’s Ian Taylor during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Technological developments in hockey equipment and playing surfaces in the years prior to 1984 demanded an evolution of goalkeeping technique to counter the improved pace and accuracy of outfield play. Goalkeepers were now expected to charge down shots as they were struck (a technique known as ‘logging’) rather than relying solely on their reflexes – a much more dangerous style. Yet Taylor met this challenge imperiously with a little help from the ice hockey shops of Los Angeles.

Taylor’s standout performances in his new ‘body armour’ changed the face of hockey goalkeeping. GB claimed an unexpected bronze medal in 1984 beginning the journey to 1988 gold medal success in Seoul, and Taylor’s innovation led ultimately to the foam armour that is so well established today.

In recent years, The Hockey Museum’s Hockey’s Military Stories (HMS) research project has become one of our more extensive activities. It came about because of feats of valour shown by hockey people, yet it goes much further than just wartime exploits and it also extends beyond Britain to include the actions of hockey people throughout the world.

Helping to create this breadth is John Sanders, a great friend of the museum in Australia. Not only does he do an incredible job on Australian hockey statistics but he too has a great interest in hockey in the forces ‘Down Under’!

 

Robert Harold Nimmo      Australian team that played New Zealand in Brisbane in August 1927 Nimmo is standing back row furthest right
     
Left: Major-General Robert Harold Nimmo who served in the Australian Army in WW1 and WW2.
Right: The Australia team that played New Zealand in Brisbane in August 1927. Nimmo, who played half back, is in the back row, furthest right.


This weekend is ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served". We are pleased to share a presentation of John’s ongoing research into Australian and New Zealand forces hockey as The Hockey Museum’s appreciation of their great contribution and sacrifice.

 

Jean Harrison served in the Womens Royal Australian Naval Service      Jean Harrison played hockey for Australia after WW2 forward fourth in from left
     
Left: Jean Adeline Kerr (Harrison) served in the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service during WW2.
Right: Jean, from Western Australia, was first selected in the 1947 All Australia Blue Ribbon team. Jean (back row, fourth left) played in the forward line.

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For more information on the individuals featured above as well as the profiles and stories of other servicemen and women, download John Sanders's presentation by clicking the PDF icon.

You can follow John's Australian hockey research project through his Facebook page, click here.

Festival of Britain programme 1951This year is the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain in 1951.

This was an enormous, nationwide celebration of all things British. Yes, very jingoistic but it was only six years after the end of WW2, times were hard and spirits needed lifting. Events across the whole social spectrum took place all over the land and there was a huge exhibition in London. Your Curator remembers going to the British Industries Fair (BIF) in Birmingham held in the enormous aircraft hangers where thousands of Spitfire aeroplanes were built during the war.

The events covered all aspects of society including sport and hockey played a small part. At THM we are only just discovering hockey’s involvement and so we are appealing to you for any memories or information that you may have about hockey during the Festival of Britain. We know that internationally we hosted a hockey event at Twickenham rugby ground for both men and women. At club level we know that the premier men’s festival in the Midlands was held at Leamington.

If you have any information about this significant national event please let us know via the website contact form.

Reliving the Wembley Magic is a panel discussion produced in partnership with Talk Hockey Radio to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first women's hockey match at Wembley Stadium in 1951. 

https://youtu.be/Jc1RfcR1SNY

 

3 March 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the first England women’s hockey international at Wembley Stadium on 3 March 1951 and The Hockey Museum, in partnership with Talk Hockey Radio and The Hockey Family, is involved in several activities to celebrate the anniversary.

Up until the late 1940s the usual venue for England test matches was The Oval cricket ground, but the move to the iconic Wembley Stadium in 1951 proved to be a master stroke by the All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA). An annual event there was established which continued until 1991 with 41 matches played. England won 25 and lost just 10 playing against the likes of Ireland, Wales and Scotland, but also Germany, Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands and others in what must now be understood as an iconic era for women’s hockey, and for women’s sport in general. The only occasion the game had to be moved from Wembley was in 1970 when the White City Stadium replaced a waterlogged Wembley.

The inaugural Wembley game, won by England 6-1 against Ireland, attracted a crowd of 30,000 and the largest attendance of 68,000 in 1976 to see England defeat Scotland 3-0 was a world record for a women’s sporting event until very recently. The event was televised for the first time in 1954 and the Queen was the guest of honour in 1981, touring the stadium in an open-topped Land Rover.

To promote the anniversary, The Hockey Museum, in partnership with Talk Hockey Radio and The Hockey Family, has produced a podcast of a panel discussion co-hosted by Kate Richardson-Walsh and featuring former England captains Anita White and Maggie Souyave, as well as Christabel Russell Vick, the daughter of Mary Russell Vick, whose family were key to realising this iconic fixture. Christabel is co-author of THM's book The Magic of Wembley with former England international Nan Williams.


The Talk Hockey Radio podcast on the panel is available across most podcasting platforms. Choose your favourite by clicking here.

The Hockey Museum’s website also has an article by Christabel reflecting on her parents’ involvement in the decision to move to Wembley from The Oval, as well as her own personal memories. Click here to read the article.

The book The Magic of Wembley chronicles the full story of the Wembley era. Details for purchasing can be found here.

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that three new Trustees were appointed on 12th February 2021, to help further the work of The Hockey Museum (THM).

Sophie Johnson     Paul Harvey cropped     Tochi Panesar
         
 Sophie-May Johnson    Paul Harvey    Tochi Panesar

 

Sophie-May Johnson

Sophie is currently the Assistant Curator, Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and brings with her knowledge of national museum standards as well as digital marketing and of using collections management systems. She has a first-class honours degree from Cardiff University and MA in Public Archaeology from University College, London. She is a keen sportswoman and enjoys cycling and tennis.

Paul Harvey

Paul is currently the Group Marketing Director with Abellio UK and has recently been seconded to the Government to assist with revitalising the transport industry following the Covid pandemic. Prior to this he was the Global Marketing Director with Merlin Entertainments and had special responsibility for Legoland Parks. He is a player-coach with South Berkshire Hockey Club and enjoys running and studying contemporary history.

Tarlochan Singh Panesar (Tochi)

Tochi is retired and is the former Chair of the Spencer Sports Club and a former President of Spencer Hockey Club in London. He was an IT professional with Lloyds Bank for over 30 years and was involved with major infrastructure delivery projects. He was the Spencer Hockey Club’s 1st XI captain and has also played for London Indians, Lusitanians and Members Hockey Clubs.

 

Our Museum Chair, John Willmott said:

“Following a couple of trustee retirements, we are absolutely delighted that we are to be joined by three such professional individuals, who each bring with them new skills that the Museum needs and that will help THM to move forward.

“In my opinion the Museum is the hockey world’s best kept secret and with the combined talents of these new Trustees together with our current trustees means that we will be well served going forwards. As a board we rely heavily on the dedication and expertise of our volunteers and of our small staff and these appointees will help us direct our efforts more effectively. In addition, we can increase our global marketing and digital audience engagement that is now so important and with the Museum having so much that it can offer to all of our sports audiences be they young or old!”

 

Of our most recently departed Trustee, Lucy Newcombe, John said:

“The Hockey Museum is grateful to Lucy for her hard work and commitment over recent years; she has aided the Museum’s development in many ways. Lucy leaves behind a professional museum that has evolved to become a prominent player within the sporting heritage world and an invaluable advocate for hockey’s unique history. I wish to thank her for her efforts.”

 

Explore THM website using the menu navigation. You can support the Museum’s work by donating or becoming a Friend (click here for more information), and you can read about our other Trustees in their own words on the trustees page of the website (click here).

The Hockey Museum (THM) is very proud to announce that its recent past Chair, Katie Dodd, has been awarded an MBE for services to hockey in the New Year’s Honours List.

 

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  Katie Dodd in action for England against Wales at Wembley in 1981.


Katie has been involved in hockey for the best part of fifty years and her roles within the sport are hugely significant. She reached the highest level as a player, winning twenty-six caps for England in the 1980s and captaining the nation to a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships. Off the pitch she served more than twenty-five years at Ealing Ladies Hockey Club and became a hugely respected administrator at club, county, southern region and national level. She was also a member of the committee of the All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA). Notably she was a member of the England Hockey Board from 2008 to 2015. In 2018 Katie became one of only eight people to have been awarded the England Hockey Member of Honour, the highest accolade given by the governing body.

In more recent years Katie became the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of THM in 2011, retiring in 2019; she remains a Trustee and an active volunteer. This was the period when THM acquired its first ‘permanent home’ which provided the springboard for the museum’s development on many fronts. During her tenure as Chair the museum attracted a significant team of volunteers and was able to take on staff to help manage its development. In 2012 THM became a registered charity and in 2018 achieved accredited museum status from Arts Council England, thanks to strategic direction from Katie. In the same year THM received the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President’s Award, which recognised the work done internationally as well as at home.

 

FIH Presidents Award presentation HWC lunch 2019
 
 Katie (right) receives the FIH President's Award from then England Hockey President Sue Bodycomb
during the Hockey Writers' Club luncheon in 2019.


The increased exposure of the museum saw over 100 collections a year arriving at the Woking premises and the overall collection now totals over seventy-five thousand items. Regular exhibitions at international events further enhance the museum’s reputation, as do numerous study projects, including one to accurately catalogue the national teams’ playing records, which Katie is particularly involved with.

Her contribution to the sport has been quite remarkable, as is her spirit, love for the game and willingness to help others for the good of hockey. She fully deserves to be made an MBE and congratulations go to her from all her colleagues at THM.

When Katie heard of the award she said:

“What an amazing honour! But hockey is a team sport so I feel this award is also recognition of the many inspirational, passionate and committed people I have been privileged to play and work alongside throughout my hockey career. The last ten years at The Hockey Museum has been a particularly special time with the staff, volunteers, Trustees and supporters pulling together to make it an amazing journey. That said, there is still so much more to do!”


In addition to the above – yes, there is more – Katie also supports THM financially as a Friend. If you've found yourself suitably inspired by her immense efforts to drive the museum forward, you may like to show your support by joining her as a fellow Friend of The Hockey Museum or by making an alternative donation.

Details can be found here.

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

In a year when the Great Britain women’s hockey made history by winning the Olympic Gold Medal, 2016 has also been another very successful and exciting year at The Hockey Museum. We took on our first paid staff, organised two very successful exhibitions at The Olympic Hockey Venue and the...

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

The Hockey Museum, Woking, Surrey.Collections Management OfficerAverage 3 days a week - flexibleExpected remuneration: c. £20k pro rataFixed term 1 year, with potential to extend. Freelancers welcome to apply. The Hockey Museum is a relatively new Museum having opened in late 2011. It achieved charitable status later that year and...

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

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, 20 June 2016

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

With just eight weeks to go before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, the winning piece of artwork has been chosen from a bumper batch of entries in The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition. The competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, invited children to design their own piece...

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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