Preserving Hockey's Worldwide Heritage: The Scoping Study

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Scoping study for a project to preserve hockey’s worldwide heritage and to produce an authoritative history of hockey.


Why was it decided to conduct a scoping study? With no organised or professional structures in place to locate, collect, preserve or celebrate hockey’s worldwide heritage, it is difficult to fully understand the size or nature of the work needed to address the issue. The International Hockey Federation Foundation (FIHF) therefore asked The Hockey Museum (THM) to lead on a project to better understand the current position and identify how to move forward. The resultant scoping study, due to report in November 2016, will be lead by Justine Reilly Consultants and it will look to;

• Develop a network of enthusiasts around the world who will work together to collect and preserve hockey’s heritage;
• Develop a framework of archiving policies and procedures to be applied to all International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognised museums and heritage collections e.g. standards for cataloguing, image digitising and conducting oral history programmes;
• Develop a centre of excellence at THM for archiving activities to provide advice and support to other hockey heritage organisations and individuals around the world.pdf

To read more about this exciting initiative click on the PDF icon on the right to download the project brief.

One of the key elements of this scoping study will be to conduct an online survey. The aim of the survey is to understand the existing collections which exist, and learn more about those who have knowledge of hockey heritage. We are asking that anyone with knowledge of hockey heritage, or a hockey collection, in whatever form, completes the survey. We are particularly interested in hearing more about collections and information from outside of the UK. However, if you are UK based and have not previously had contact with The Hockey Museum, we would also like to hear from you too. The information you give will be vital to developing our understanding of worldwide hockey heritage – any information might be important to our research. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed at the following link:

This is the beginning of a very exciting programme to understand and celebrate hockey’s worldwide heritage. We want to ensure that as many people and organisations as possible are involved in this development stage. Please feel free to share this survey link with anyone you think may be able to support the project.


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