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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.

Commemorating ANZAC Day 2021

22 April 2021
Commemorating ANZAC Day 2021

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...

Festival of Britain 1951: An Appeal

11 March 2021
Festival of Britain 1951: An Appeal

This 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...

Reliving The Wembley Magic: 70th Anniversary Special

01 March 2021

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...

THM Welcomes New Trustees

16 February 2021
THM Welcomes New Trustees

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-May Johnson    Paul Harvey    Tochi Panesar   Sophie-May Johnson Sophie is currently...

Dr Katie Dodd MBE

08 January 2021
Dr Katie Dodd MBE

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.     Katie Dodd in action for England against Wales at Wembley in 1981. Katie has been involved in hockey...

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