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boardThe All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) Honary Life Members board from 1925 onwards has now been fixed at the Museum. Thanks to Mike Smith for polishing the plate.

The archives at Butts Way are taking shape. Whilst Mike Smith (right) has been busy painting and fixing the sheves, Dil Bahra (left) has been sorting the books and magazines in the library.

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Hockey, at last, has its own archive museum. The dream of a number of enthusiasts has been realised. The Museum is at Butts Road in the lively, leafy Surrey town of Woking in England.

It has come about largely through the energy and initiative of a group of enthusiasts. Two pairs of people, Mike Smith and David Wareham, on one hand, and Patrick Rowley and Dil Bahra on the other, with largely the same objective of working to preserve hockey's rich heritage, came together. When the two groups met some four years ago, they decided to form a Hockey Archives group.

The group was later expanded to include Katie Dodd, the former England international, and Ian Wilson, the Treasurer of England Hockey. The sextet blended instantly and enormous progress has been made. You can see how far we have progressed.

The collection, spanning the 125 years of hockey's existence, so far consists of books, magazines, photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, besides trophies, plaques, and the changes of hockey clothing, balls, and sticks - even hockey stamps. Some fascinating, even unique, things have come into our possession.

We are also in the process of obtaining extensive statistical records of hockey both for the UK and international hockey. But this is not just about the higher levels of our game. Our collection is a montage of hockey at all levels.

The initial driving force for this collection came from Mike Smith, he of Mercian sports goods fame, and chartered surveyor David Wareham, a former hockey umpire and official. Pat Rowley and Dil Bahra, as members of the Hockey Writers Club, had become increasingly aware of the dearth of readily available information on the game. Pat had realised how little was available back in 1969 when he wrote The Book of Hockey. Dil was particularly interested in India and the subcontinent. Katie Dodd became interested when she joined England Hockey and tried to pull together a historical display for women's hockey. Her energy and drive made her a natural leader for our group.

Ian Wilson was responsible for trying to save what records of England and UK hockey existed when England's National Stadium at Milton Keynes was sold. He set up an England Hockey Archive Steering Group and played a major role in making sure hockey literature was found a home at Bath University.

Our website has been sponsored by Denys Shortt, the former England U21 international, through one of his businesses. He is one of many in hockey who are supporting our venture; people who want to put something back into the game they love.

Thankfully many enthusiasts around the UK, the country where hockey was born, and the rest of the world, have retained and collected hockey memorabilia.

So if you know of anyone, wherever they are in the world, who would like to join us in our initiative or provide memorabilia, do get in touch. We are extremely grateful to Woking Borough Council and its enterprising museum, The Lightbox who have made the site at Butts Road available to us (at peppercorn rent) and provided valuable guidance and help.

Hockey now has two collections of archives. We played an important role in the setting up of the hockey section for Bath University's sports library where their archivist, Lizzie Richmond, has done a wonderful job.

Our next venture will be to make a display to have on view, possibly in Central London, in time for the London Olympics. Soon we will seek to secure individual donations while currently we are working to make the Museum a Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile do get in touch with us. We need your suggestions, ideas, and contributions.

Patrick Rowley, September 2011

GB Cap Presentations To 1965 Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team Members

21 October 2021
GB Cap Presentations To 1965 Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team Members

Friday 15 October 2021 at Cottrell Park Golf Resort, Cardiff              The Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team to the USA in 1965 were awarded theirGreat Britain honours caps at a presentation dinner in Cardiff on 15.10.2021. In the left photograph:Back row: Valerie Crombie (nee...

Update On Great Britain Honours Cap Awards And The 100th Cap

07 October 2021
Update On Great Britain Honours Cap Awards And The 100th Cap

Regular visitors to The Hockey Museum (THM) website or our Hockey Shorts emails (click here to sign up) will be aware of the very active project to present honours caps to current and former Great Britain (GB) players or, if deceased, their families. The project arose from our work to...

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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