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As the clocks go back The Hockey Museum continues to move forward. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the read...

What an exciting and successful summer for The Hockey Museum! In early July we went into partnership with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to support them in one of their stated aims of preserving and celebrating the world-wide heritage of hockey. We were also successful in a bid to the FIH for funding to employ a Collections Management Officer (CMO) who will lead our work to gain Museum Accreditation status in early 2016. We advertised earlier in the autumn and hope to have someone in post by late November. The FIH has also supported us in a project to help define an approach to the task of developing a worldwide network of hockey archives and researchers that will enable us to collate and publish an authoritative history of our game. A challenging task in itself but one that we’re looking forward to taking on. Look out for the advert in the near future.

August saw us put on our biggest Museum Exhibition stand to date at the European Hockey Championships held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With 16 men’s and women’s national teams competing, it was the biggest hockey event that England Hockey (EH) has staged and over 35,000 spectators attended over the 10 days. The Museum had a very smart Exhibition stand and we were able to display a wide selection of items from our collection including hockey outfits from different eras of hockey fashion, a selection of original ‘hockey in art’ items, a display of 125 years of Wimbledon LHC, original archive material from the beginning of the 20th century, displays of pin badges, stamps and postcards and the ever popular range of old hockey sticks and balls. We also had a large screen TV where we showed cine-film footage of coaching sessions and matches from the mid 20th century.

One of the biggest impacts we made at the event came from the 60 metre (yes, 60 metres!) Hockey Timeline that was displayed along one whole wall of the Spectator Plaza. The series of images over 19 panels represent key points in the development of hockey from the Egyptians in 2000BC to the present day. The Timeline was a real show stopper and was designed and produced by a team from THM and EH that was lead by Martin Ellis, one of the Museum volunteers. The whole timeline can now be seen on this website.

Another new innovation for us was to include an Oral Histories booth as part of our stand. With the support of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, we have recently started an Oral Histories project and Evelyn Somerville, our volunteer lead, managed to complete 17 interviews with people with a range of hockey backgrounds: from Leandro Negre (the current FIH President) to Monica Pickersgill (the former AEWHA President); from Hamish Jameson (a current FIH Umpire) to Robert Adams who at 85 is the oldest known hockey player. A great start to what will be a very exciting project for us.

Over the whole event, we had in excess of 4500 visitors to our stand. They were of all ages and came from around the UK, across Europe and even some from Australia and the USA. We made some excellent new contacts and promises of some fascinating new archive and artefact material. People are obviously expecting to see us at these events as we received over 20 small collections. It was particularly fascinating to hear some of the stories sparked by the sight of a photograph or a match programme or kit from the 1930s. We heard about four generations of hockey players from Spain from the current ladies captain on the pitch that day, through two other generations who were there supporting and another one at home watching the TV – we saw photos of them all. Many more stories and images can be found on THM Facebook page.

Back in Woking, the work of the volunteers continues apace this autumn as more archive material and fascinating stories continue to arrive every week. Look out for new stories and features as we post these on our newly launched website. There will be regular ‘Hockey in 50 Objects’ and ‘Hockive Facts’ features as well as the usual News items and other feature articles. Please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Curator, if you have any items or news stories that you would like to share with us.

Our next event at the Museum will be on Thursday 5 November 2015 when Janet Beverley, a former Australian international, will be speaking on the subject of “Australian Women’s Hockey: from England with Love”. Janet is currently registered for a PhD at the University Of Queensland and will be over in England spending a week at The Hockey Museum as part of her research. The talk will start at 2.00pm and all are invited to attend; click here for more details. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending.

Katie Dodd, Chair of THM Trustees

Hockey’s Five-a-side Future?

14 December 2015
Hockey’s Five-a-side Future?

Is this the beginning of the end of hockey as we know it? The introduction of Hockey 5s for the first time at a senior international tournament in the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea this summer was a potentially ground-breaking moment in the history of hockey. It is a...

THM Appoints A Collections Management Officer

16 November 2015

The Hockey Museum (THM) is delighted to announce that Karen Clarke will be joining us early in the new year to become our Collections Management Officer. Karen has a superb pedigree in the field of museum accreditation and collections management. She comes to us from the Hampshire Cultural Trust where...

Call For Tenders: To Lead A Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

03 November 2015
Call For Tenders: To Lead A Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

Organisation: The Hockey MuseumLocation: UK, Surrey, WokingClosing date: 27 November 2015Job type: contractSalary: budget in the region of £10,000 The Hockey Museum (THM), supported by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), plans to carry out a scoping study that will define an approach to the task of developing a worldwide network...

Spring Forward, Fall Back

03 November 2015

As the clocks go back The Hockey Museum continues to move forward. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the read... What an exciting and successful summer for The Hockey Museum! In early July we went into partnership with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to support them in one of their stated...

Ireland’s Call: Hockey Players Who Fell In WW1

23 October 2015
Ireland’s Call: Hockey Players Who Fell In WW1

One of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) volunteers, Peter Jackson, has been involved in the hockey research that supported the recent publication of the book Ireland’s Call: Irish Sporting Heroes Who Fell in the Great War, (published by Merrion Press) written by BBC journalist, Stephen Walker. The book follows the fascinating...

THM Talk: Australian Women's Hockey 05.11.2015

22 October 2015
THM Talk: Australian Women's Hockey 05.11.2015

Photo: Australian touring team 1970. Janet Beverly is in the back row, third from the right. On Thursday 5 November 2015 Australian international hockey player Janet Beverly will be presenting a talk entitled Australian Women's Hockey: From England With Love at The Hockey Museum, Woking. For more details visit the Upcoming Events page or...

THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

14 September 2015
THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

The Hockey Museum, Woking, Surrey.Collections Management OfficerAverage 3 days a week - flexibleExpected remuneration: c. £20k - 23k pro rataFixed term 1 year, with potential to extend. Freelancers welcome to apply. The Hockey Museum (THM) opened in late 2011, achieved charitable status later that year and is working toward Museum...

Ric Charlesworth And The Queen’s Reign

11 September 2015

Wednesday 9 September 2015, the day that our Queen Elizabeth II became the longest serving monarch in British history. Very significant coverage has been given to this event in all forms of the media. On the morning, BBC Radio Five Live had a wide ranging feature that included an interview with...

The EuroHockey Championships 2015: What Glorious Moments

07 September 2015
The EuroHockey Championships 2015: What Glorious Moments

As the Champions of Europe were triumphantly crowned on the field, we celebrated (off the field!) our largest ever exhibition. We hope you enjoyed watching the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015 either on TV, through the various website channels, or live at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. If you visited The...

Get Your Hands On Newsletter Vol.6

19 August 2015

Our latest newsletter is now available to download. Catch up on all the latest going ons at The Hockey Museum by following this link. Shane Smith, 20 August 2015

Irish Match Statistics

18 August 2015
Irish Match Statistics

The Irish have done some great research work to pull together a full record of all the men’s international matches since the first game in 1895. The task has been completed by Steve Hines who admitted that it had been a labour of love to develop the database since he...

The Barry Middleton Collection

17 August 2015
The Barry Middleton Collection

In boxes, suit carriers and a suitcase came a collection commemorating the hockey history of Barry Middleton, England and Great Britain international and Olympic competitor. It showed just how diverse are the collections which we are given to preserve for posterity at The Hockey Museum. Sorting through the many and...

Another 'Wow Moment': A British Team In Europe In 1935

04 August 2015
Another 'Wow Moment': A British Team In Europe In 1935

It is not often that we learn of international matches that we are unaware of. We recently received an enquiry from a regular contact in Dublin, asking if we had any information on the British teams that visited Europe in 1935 and 1937. We certainly had not as, in our...

The Hockey Museum Gains International Recognition

15 July 2015
The Hockey Museum Gains International Recognition

The Hockey Museum (THM) Trustees are delighted to announce that the FIH Foundation for the Promotion & Development of Hockey (the FIH Foundation) and THM have signed an agreement (a Memorandum of Understanding) that formalises the collaboration between them to work together to preserve hockey’s heritage. The key aims are...

The Hockey Museum Is Helping Two UK Exhibitions

31 May 2015

On 10th June a sports exhibition titled Team Spirit opens at the Orleans Gallery in Richmond. We have provided some material relevant to their area. Also, at the moment, we have material in an exhibition in Alford Manor House in Lincolnshire to celebrate their local patron who was a hockey enthusiast. So,...

FIH President Drops By

16 May 2015
FIH President Drops By

FIH President Pays Whistle Stop Visit To The Hockey Museum Players in the Mercian Home Counties Colts Hockey League Finals at Guildford received a surprise visit when the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, Leandro Negre, called in to make some presentations. He then went on to Woking to visit The Hockey...

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