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Following recent government advice regarding COVID-19, The Hockey Museum will be closed from Monday 23 March until further notice.

We are taking this decision to protect the health and welfare of our visitors, volunteers and staff. Museum staff will be working from home, our enquiries service will remain monitored and we intend to continue to engage you with historical hockey content through our social media channels and website.

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On Saturday 29 February, THM took advantage of the extra day of 2020 to leap into Old Cranleighan HC for the day.

It builds on previous club visits to Aton HC and Guildford HC in 2019, which together form part of our work towards a Level-Up grant we received from South East Museums Development Partnership.

We took a small display of historical objects, boards, banners and videos to OCHC designed to promote our important work to preserve and celebrate hockey’s 150-year ‘modern’ history and hopefully drum up interest in helping THM to create a real, tangible legacy for the sport.

We also offered the opportunity for members and matchday visitors to bring along any historical memorabilia to discuss, akin to Antiques Roadshow.

We’d like to extend grateful thanks to David Knapp for facilitating this opportunity.

https://www.ochockeyclub.org/2020/02/hockey-museum-visits-td

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Sophia Patel (left) and Marcus Wardle (right) work their way through the Pat Rowley Journalistic Archive.

A photograph of two people in front of filing cabinets with a scanner may not appear to be the most riveting of subjects, however they are working on one of the most valuable and important collections that The Hockey Museum (THM) possesses.

Our Archivist Marcus Wardle and Research Assistant Sophia Patel are seen working on the Pat Rowley Journalistic Archive that was acquired by THM in 2017. The archive represents the lifetime work of hockey journalist Patrick Rowley who reported on hockey for more than sixty years. We have more than five filing cabinets with the drawers tightly packed full of all manner of hockey-related material. Patrick was one of the most renowned hockey correspondents working in an era when journalism was the principal means of communication. He also did much work with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) editing their World Hockey magazine.

Being a professional museum, we are duty-bound to protect the integrity of this amazing collection. This means that whilst recording and conserving these tens of thousands of documents, photographs, programmes etc. we must retain the original method of its assemblage. It is fair to say that the logic of this is not always apparent, but when all the material is digitised and recorded the collection will be able to be fully interrogated. We don’t believe that any other such archive exists in hockey so hopefully it can be appreciated how important this work is.

Mike Smith, THM Curator
10.02.2020

Avtar BhurjiThis week the Museum had a unique visit by Olympian Avtar Bhurji, a member of the Ugandan hockey team that took part in the 1972 Games in Munich which saw the terrorist attack on the Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village. The Ugandans were housed on a level just above the Israelis but only once caught a glimpse of a balaclava-clad terrorist on the higher balcony. They were unaware of the drama unfolding so close to them until the following morning.

It was Uganda’s first and only Olympics and, although they finished 15th of 16, they earned draws in their pool games with Argentina (0-0), West Germany (1-1) and Spain (2-2) before beating Mexico 4-1 for 15th place.

After being taken on a museum visit by the Curator, Mr Bhurji gave an Oral History interview with volunteer Evelyn Somerville which will be posted on the THM website in due course. Particularly welcome gifts to the Museum were a number of memorabilia items from the Games, including a booklet with images and signatures of Uganda’s athletes in a range of sports.

Avtar was born in Punjab in 1944 and lived in Uganda and Kenya, where he sat his GCEs, before continuing his schooling in England at Kingston College, then taking A Levels at Wolfram College, Wolverhampton. He returned briefly to Uganda where he played for Sikh Union club in Kampala (which supplied nine of the 18-man Olympic squad) and was selected for the Munich Olympics.

He returned to the UK soon after those Games, to live in Croydon and play for Blackheath and London Indians. It was back to Kenya in 1984 while his wife, son and daughter stayed in UK, but he came back to England three years later and has lived here ever since, apart from a brief return to Uganda to help a younger brother set up a construction business. He played social hockey with the Llamas before ending his playing career in 1991 and has been an active coach since then. He now lives in Worcester Park, Surrey.

Mike Haymonds, 29.1.2020

Betty ShellenbergerBetty (Shelly) Shellenberger, USA, 8 August 1921 - 30 December 2019.

The Hockey Museum (THM), along with the sporting world, is mourning the passing of Betty Shellenberger, 98. Betty was a legend in American field hockey and lacrosse through much of the 1900s. Known to friends as ‘Shelly’, she first picked up a hockey stick at the age of ten and by eighteen was selected for the national team as their youngest ever player. Betty went on to represent the USA for twenty-one years from 1939 to 1955 with one further appearance in 1960. It is a record for USA Field Hockey that stands to this day.

To read the full obituary on Betty, please visit the Obituaries page of THM website, here.

COVID-19 Statement

20 March 2020
COVID-19 Statement

Following recent government advice regarding COVID-19, The Hockey Museum will be closed from Monday 23 March until further notice. We are taking this decision to protect the health and welfare of our visitors, volunteers and staff. Museum staff will be working from home, our enquiries service will remain monitored and...

Leapling Into Local Clubs

02 March 2020

On Saturday 29 February, THM took advantage of the extra day of 2020 to leap into Old Cranleighan HC for the day. It builds on previous club visits to Aton HC and Guildford HC in 2019, which together form part of our work towards a Level-Up grant we received from...

The Pat Rowley Journalistic Archive: A Lifetime’s Work Brought To Life

10 February 2020
The Pat Rowley Journalistic Archive: A Lifetime’s Work Brought To Life

Sophia Patel (left) and Marcus Wardle (right) work their way through the Pat Rowley Journalistic Archive. A photograph of two people in front of filing cabinets with a scanner may not appear to be the most riveting of subjects, however they are working on one of the most valuable and...

A Ugandan First

29 January 2020
A Ugandan First

This week the Museum had a unique visit by Olympian Avtar Bhurji, a member of the Ugandan hockey team that took part in the 1972 Games in Munich which saw the terrorist attack on the Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village. The Ugandans were housed on a level just above...

USA Hockey Legend Passes On

07 January 2020
USA Hockey Legend Passes On

Betty (Shelly) Shellenberger, USA, 8 August 1921 - 30 December 2019. The Hockey Museum (THM), along with the sporting world, is mourning the passing of Betty Shellenberger, 98. Betty was a legend in American field hockey and lacrosse through much of the 1900s. Known to friends as ‘Shelly’, she first...

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