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For many, Lockdown was an opportunity to have a ‘clear out’ and The Hockey Museum (THM) has received a tremendous amount of new material as a result.

Despite being closed for a significant part of the year, we received over 100 new collections. Among these:

  • The collection of late National League umpire Tarsem Chaggar;
  • A gift of master tapes and DVDs of coaching films was received from England international and Olympic coach Gavin Featherstone;
  • The remnants of the Hounslow HC collection arrived;
  • The doctoral thesis of Joanne Halpin: ‘Will You Walk into our Parlour?’: The Rise of Leagues and their Impact on the Governance of Women’s Hockey in England 1895-1939;
  • 23 volumes of Punch managazine containing 23 cartoons of hockey spanning 101 years from 1850 to 1951;
  • We received further material from the career of England’s World Cup-winning captain Anita White;
  • A loan of material relating to GB goalkeeper Harry Haslam, including a framed portrait painting and his Olympic gold medal; and
  • The library that already held nearly 2,000 books has received 40 more during the two lockdowns.


THM’s dedicated band of volunteers have continued to come in whenever we have been allowed to open, cataloguing material and making headway against our backlog.

Anita White jacket low res

Anita White's England blazer from the 1971 International Federation of Women's Hockey

Associations (IFWHA) World Tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, 1971.

We have made great strides to collate all the magazines held by THM across the various collections, working to create full sets and identify gaps in preparation for forthcoming digitisation projects. We will be putting out appeals for those we are missing, so stay tuned.

THM’s commitment to collections and archiving was confirmed at the recent Trustees’ Meeting, held on Zoom of course, when it was agreed to increase Carli’s role as Collections Officer to three days per week from 1 January. Also, with the number of archives held by THM increasing, it was decided to advertise for a two-days-per-week Archivist to assist progress in this vital area. These appointments will need volunteer support, so if you’re interested in hockey heritage, do please make contact.

Tarsem Chaggar 01     Tarsem Chaggar 02
     
 Objects from the collection of umpire Tarsem Chaggar.

The End Of An Era For The London League

09 September 2021
The End Of An Era For The London League

  A framed presentation of hockey ties from each of the member clubsof the London Hockey League, presented to Peter Boizot.   This weekend, Sunday the 12 September, sees the last act in the history of the London League, the oldest men's league in England. Formed in 1969, it has...

Letters Know Your Stories Of Hockey Festivals

19 August 2021
Letters Know Your Stories Of Hockey Festivals

The Hockey Museum's hockey festivals study is progressing very well. We have compiled a list of all known festivals which includes the only three still held at Easter: Torbay, Skegness and Blackpool. All three will feature in a book on the history, development and sad demise of the hockey festival....

Abstract Expressionist Hockey?

13 August 2021
Abstract Expressionist Hockey?

The Hockey Museum (THM) has acquired four framed pieces of artificial Poligras turf from hockey pitch manufacturers Polytan. Each originates from a different Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 Beijing 2008 London 2012 Rio 2016 Can you work out which is which? Answers are at the bottom of this article. They look like...

GB Tokyo Olympic Hockey Research

30 July 2021
GB Tokyo Olympic Hockey Research

This July we have thrown the collective weight of our wonderful volunteer team at an Olympic research project in support of Great Britain Hockey. Across 35 days, 22 volunteers and staff researched and collated historical match statistics, photographs and anecdotal information. This related to each opponent nation that GB’s men’s...

Trustee Opportunities at The Hockey Museum

22 July 2021
Trustee Opportunities at The Hockey Museum

                   Position: Charity TrusteeOrganisation: The Hockey MuseumLocation: UK, Surrey, WokingClosing date: 27 August 2021Job Type: Voluntary   Are you an experienced professional looking for an opportunity to actively contribute to the development of a young, vibrant and rapidly expanding museum? The Hockey...

GB Squads Receive Honours Caps And Their Unique Player Numbers

09 July 2021
GB Squads Receive Honours Caps And Their Unique Player Numbers

It is a story that has been years in the making and started when The Hockey Museum began looking at how to collate accurate statistics for the sport. High up on the list was creating a definitive record of Great Britain international matches that would allow physical honours caps to...

Bridget Cannell: One Of Great Britain's First Women's Players Honoured

21 May 2021
Bridget Cannell: One Of Great Britain's First Women's Players Honoured

  Bridget Cannell's daughter, Tracy French, and son, Mike Cannell, received their mother's honours cap from former Great Britain internationals Jan Burrows (former England captain, second left) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain, far right).   The Great Britain (GB) caps initiative – an ongoing project to recognize...

THM Reflected In The Mirror

20 May 2021
THM Reflected In The Mirror

  The Hockey Museum (THM) enjoys a close and fruitful working relationship with Sporting Heritage, the subject-specialist network that supports the collection, preservation, access to and research of sporting collections in the UK. Arising from this, THM was recently offered the opportunity to feature in a national newspaper editorial promoting...

GB Honours Caps Awarded To Former Players

20 May 2021
GB Honours Caps Awarded To Former Players

The culmination of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) project to create definitive playing records for Great Britain (GB) international hockey players matches will be the presentation of honours caps to every player with whom we can make contact. We can now state with confidence that 578 men and women have represented...

Re-Opening With New Exhibits

06 May 2021
Re-Opening With New Exhibits

In very exciting news, The Hockey Museum (THM) is re-opening this month! We will be welcoming back our volunteers, socially distanced and safely, from the week commencing 17 May 2021 and returning to our regular public opening hours from the week of 21 June 2021 in line with the current...

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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