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The official Launch Party for the long awaited first hockey museum in the world, The Hockey Museum, took place at Woking in England today. A large gathering of leading hockey officials, local dignitaries and archive enthusiasts attended the opening held at the Museum which is at Butts Road in the Surrey town of Woking.

The Museum's trustees were able to announce that the Museum has been granted charitable status. They also received their first donation, a cheque for £3000 from the family of the late Barbara and Nevill Miroy. The Miroys have made the biggest contribution to the Museum so far, a huge collection of archives.

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Most aspects of the Museum's already extensive collection of archives were on display today. Pride of place was given to the biggest ever collection of medals won by British players at the Olympics. It included gold medals from 1908 and 1988 and the bronze medal won by Britain's Helen Richardson at the 2012 Games.

Thanks to the many generous gifts received, the collection includes archives representing every aspect of hockey. Today's visitors were able to watch hockey videos, and saw specialist displays relating to the Miroy collection, the 2012 Olympic Games, the Wembley internationals and, uniquely, a display on the early days of mixed hockey. The Museum already contains the world's biggest collection of hockey books and magazine, some dating back to 1893. Every aspect of our great sport was also featured, including sticks of all ages, balls, uniforms, equipment, photographs, pictures and prints – some illustrations over 100 years old – trophies, programmes, brochures, club histories, stamps, postcards, pins and pennants.

The six Trustees and founders of the Museum are Katie Dodd (Chair), Dil Bahra, Patrick Rowley, Mike Smith, David Wareham and Ian Wilson. Katie Dodd is a non-Executive Director of the England Hockey Board and a former England indoor and outdoor international; Dil Bahra, a former Secretary of the Hockey Writers Club and webmaster; Patrick Rowley a hockey author, broadcaster and journalist; Mike Smith, the Founder of the well-known sports goods firm Mercian; David Wareham a chartered surveyor and former hockey umpire; and Ian Wilson, the Treasurer of the England Hockey Board.

The Museum is open only by appointment at the moment.

Museum Official Launch Event

19 October 2012

Official launch event, 19 October 2012. The Hockey Museum (THM) is proud to announce that on 19 October between 2.00pm and 8.00pm we will be holding our official launch in the main site in Butts Road, Woking. THM is the only dedicated Hockey Museum in the world. Although it is...

Museum Launch Party

16 October 2012
Museum Launch Party

The official Launch Party for the long awaited first hockey museum in the world, The Hockey Museum, took place at Woking in England today. A large gathering of leading hockey officials, local dignitaries and archive enthusiasts attended the opening held at the Museum which is at Butts Road in the Surrey...

Sir Derek Day

22 August 2012
Sir Derek Day

British hockey olympian, Sir Derek Day carried the Olympic Torch at Copthorne, near East Grinstead on 17 July 2012. Sir Derek, who won a Bronze medal playing for Great Britain at the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952 played hockey for England, Cambridge, Southgate and East Grinstead hockey clubs. He played in goal....

Men's Olympic Appearances

09 August 2012

At the time of writing, forty-two countries have played men's hockey at Olympic Games since hockey was first played at the London 1908 Olympic Games. These are the leading nations in terms of Olympic Games appearances: India top the table with 19 appearances followed by Germany with 18; Netherlands have...

No Magic Wansbrough

20 July 2012

Wansbrough is a well known name in Australian hockey circles. Father Colin used to be the Australian manager and son, David, was a highly successful player for Australia. What no one knew was that Colin Wansbrough played against the great Indian centre forward Balbir Singh. This was only revealed when we...

Hockey At The Royal Opera House

02 July 2012
Hockey At The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House and BP have joined forces with The Olympic Museum in Lausanne to create a unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians. Hockey is represented in the Olympic story by the experiences of Balbir Singh 'Senior', the triple Olympic gold medallist,...

Gerald Logan’s 1908 Olympic Gold Medal

12 June 2012
Gerald Logan’s 1908 Olympic Gold Medal

Gerald Logan (born 29 December 1879) played hockey for England at the London 1908 Olympic Games, scoring 3 goals in England's 8-1 win over Ireland in the Final. His gold medal has been loaned to The Hockey Museum (THM) by his great nephew, Nigel Bates. It was left to Nigel by...

Japanese Researcher Visits The Hockey Museum

04 June 2012
Japanese Researcher Visits The Hockey Museum

Shinobu Akimoto, an Associate Professor from Kobe University in Japan, who is a specialist in hockey history with particular interest in mixed hockey in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, visited The Hockey Museum yesterday. Akimoto is a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture,...

Hockey Players Support Charity

24 May 2012

Around 50 former hockey players, including eight olympians, will turn out to play in a charity golf tournament at East Berkshire Golf Club (EBGC), in aid of the On Course Foundation, on Thursday 24 May. The day has been organised by Chris Langhorne, the 1964 and 1972 Olympian who is...

Blackheath Hockey Club Celebrate 150 Years Of Hockey

07 May 2012
Blackheath Hockey Club Celebrate 150 Years Of Hockey

Stephen Hammond MP and Philip Alexander scored for Parliament as they beat Blackheath Hockey Club 2-0 in a game played under the 1861 rules to mark the 150th anniversary of hockey. The game was played on Blackheath Common, the site of the original pitch north of All Saints Church. 1861 Rules (Union)...

The Longest Ever Hockey Match?

30 April 2012

Earlier today a record was broken at Haslemere Hockey Club during the South League Playoffs. The first Semi Final match between Fareham 2nd XI and Horsham 1st XI was interupted by heavy rain and eventually the took four hours and three minutes to complete. We believe that this is the longest...

Hockey Books

02 April 2012

Stan Salazaar writes from Perth, Australia: "The Hockey Museum in Woking is a wonderful idea and I hope it goes from strength to strength. The website is fantastic with some terrific information. I like the book list; what a collection. I have 20 or so duplicate books to donate to the...

Hockey Among The "Deluded Savages"

14 March 2012

Extract from letter in Hockey World, 2 February 1931. Miss Charlotte Mumford, a member of the Friends and Temperance Missionary Society, wrote: "I am a missionary who has laboured amongst the Samoyedes of Northern Siberia, a barbarous people who, in a time of dearth, eat their young, and, in a...

1968 Mexico City Olympic Games: The Japanese Team Walks Out

13 March 2012

This week's hockey fact on The Hockey Museum (THM) website has generated a lot of interest world wide. We are encouraged by the number of views, particularly the high numbers from Germany, and we feel the story behind the fact deserves more detail. We have chosen two versions of the...

GH Morton Collection

05 March 2012
GH Morton Collection

The Hockey Museum is now receiving material and collections almost every week and they are far from all being about international players and great feats. A recent addition is about (George) Herbert Morton, who was a tireless worker for hockey in the early years of the last century. Without people...

Woking And Hockey

23 February 2012

The Hockey Museum Moves To Woking: A Most Appropriate New Home, But Why? The leafy Surrey town of Woking did not exist until the middle of the nineteenth century. The railway arrived in 1838 in the middle of the woods; not even a cottage in sight. At Woking Junction the railway...

The Museum Grows By The Donation Of Collections

14 February 2012
The Museum Grows By The Donation Of Collections

In December we had the sad news of the death of Barbara Miroy, the widow of Nevill. Between them they did an incredible amount for hockey in many different ways, right through the second half of the 20th century. Nevill wrote The History of Hockey and founded Hockey Digest after the demise...

Hockey: The Weekly Publication In 1893

01 February 2012
Hockey: The Weekly Publication In 1893

At The Hockey Museum we have numerous hockey magazines and the earliest edition of a hockey magazine we have in our archives is the magazine Hockey, published on Friday, 15 December 1893. Hockey, is described as "a weekly review of the game, which is published every Friday morning in time...

Hockey Sport, June 1998

09 January 2012
Hockey Sport, June 1998

This article appeared in Hockey Sport, June 1998. Fourteen years later, we do have The Hockey Museum. Dil Bahra, January 2012

Lightbox Helps Hockey Net Its Own Museum

04 January 2012
Lightbox Helps Hockey Net Its Own Museum

Woking is set to shine the spotlight on more than a century of hockey heritage with the launch of a national museum for the sport. With help from The Lightbox gallery and museum, a specialist venue in Butts Road has opened this month as the new home for an archive...

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