Player Posts: Unlocking the Hidden History with Kate Brisland

While we continue to unlock stories from the archive, we have been reaching out to amateur players to find out about their personal experiences, as part of a series of planned player posts. We have been talking about what first inspired them to get into the sport, what they have most enjoyed, as well as…

Learning More About Women’s Football Collector Chris Unger

Recently we spoke to Kenneth Unger Jnr, Chris Unger’s brother, about how Chris became involved in women’s football, as well as discussing Chris’s collection. “Chris started playing soccer in school. In high school he was a starter on the team that went on to win school championships. “Soccer was big in our school back then. We were…

Using photography to unlock the hidden history of women’s football

One of the most rewarding parts of working with the National Football Museum’s collection is discovering new material hidden away in our archive. Thanks to the grant from the Arts Council I have been able to spend time cataloguing and researching the photography within the Museum’s women’s football collection. Whilst working in the Museum store…

100 Years of The Dick, Kerr Ladies!

While exploring the hidden history of women’s football, one very significant and game-changing team who have popped up time and again are the Dick, Kerr Ladies, born out of a munitions factory right here in Preston. When British men were called-up to fight for their country during the First World War, women were required to…

The Hidden History of Women’s Football in Japan

Work continues at the National Football Museum to unlock the #hiddenhistory of women’s football and we are working with our wider network of specialists to learn more about the International game. This week we hand over to David Hanley, who is currently compiling a history of women’s involvement in association football in the 20th century….

Introducing Jean Williams: Academic Lead

This week we welcome Professor Jean Williams, Academic Lead for the Hidden History project, as guest blogger. Jean is the leading academic author on women’s football globally, having led research in this rapidly growing specialism for twenty years. Drawing on her international expertise, Professor Williams will research the NFM collections to write exhibition content, and…

Football After Dark

  Floodlights are a familiar and expected accessory of most modern sports, and especially football. But it hasn’t always been so. And many may be surprised to learn that a women’s football team led the way in introducing them to the wider game. Football After Dark: A Match on the First Association Ground Lit by…

The History of the Boston Breakers

This week at the National Football Museum we’ve been looking at the Boston Breakers. The club features heavily in our collection as the women’s football collection previous owner Chris Unger was a committed Breakers fan. The Boston Breakers are also a great case study on the development of professional women’s football in America, as they are…

Bonnets and Bloomers: The Development of Women’s Kit

This morning at the National Football Museum, we have been opening boxes and boxes of balls! It’s pretty incredible to see how much footballs have changed over the years to get to the startlingly white, leather versions scattered with branding that we now see as the regular. Footballs from 1890 through to the 1999 Women’s…

Sexism and the development of Women’s Football.

This week at the National Football Museum we’ve been looking at how sexism has affected the development of women’s football. In this illustration from the influential magazine The Sketch we can see the attitudes that were prevalent in the 1890’s in regards to women’s football. The magazine portrays women as being more concerned with their…

Kerys Harrop Interview: Birmingham City Ladies Captain

Alongside our work with the museum’s collection we are also talking to women who have and still are involved in football to get a first-hand account of their experiences. This week we have been talking to the current Birmingham Ladies captain Kerys Harrop about her footballing career. How did you get into football? I started…