Upfront and Onside: the women’s football conference

It has been just over a month since the National Football Museum and Professor Jean Williams hosted Upfront and Onside the Museum’s ground-breaking women’s football conference. The conference brought together a diverse group of academics, journalists and artists to explore the artefacts and material culture of the national and international women’s game. Presentations ranged from…

Shirts From Around the World

This week at the National Football Museum, we’ve been looking through our collection of women’s football kits, and we wanted to show you some of the best examples within our collection. We have picked out kits from all over the world to give you a sense of the many varied kits that we currently have….

Pony, the little drink with the big (W.F.A.) kick!

‘Think of something small – a little bottle of Pony. And it costs you only a little bottle price. But open it up and you’ve got a big drink. The Pony bottle fills a schooner glass with rich dark Pony. But watch it! Remember it may be little but it carries quite a kick. PONY,…

Fancy Footwork: The Females are Moving Forward!

While we continue to work through the fantastic collection of women’s footballing history here at the National Football Museum, women’s football is gaining more and more prominence around the world. This week we hand over to Dawn Starin, an anthropologist, who received her PhD. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York….

The First British Ladies’ Football Match

This week we have been looking at a display board advertising a match played by The British Ladies’ Football Club, the earliest organised team of female footballers who formed in 1894. Groups of women had played football before this, but The British Ladies were the first to play in official grounds in front of large…

Dr Greg Downes Presents the Hidden History of Australian Women’s Football

Last week the National Football Museum hosted Upfront and Onside: The Women’s Football Conference on International Women’s Day. Experts in the field of the history of women’s football gathered to share their research and discuss key issues surrounding the game. Speakers included Professor Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English from the University of California, who spoke…

Player Posts: Unlocking the Hidden History with Jenna LePore

Following on from the first instalment of our Player Posts last month, we spoke to another Cheltenham based women’s footballer, Jenna LePore. Jenna’s passion for the sport came from ‘kickabouts’ in the street with boys when she was just 4 years old. Read on to see how her football story developed: “I started playing at…

The WSL 1 at the Halfway Stage

As the WSL 1 reaches the halfway stage, we thought it would be useful to give on update on the progress of England’s top league. 1  Manchester City 9 8 1 0 31 7 +24 25 2  Chelsea 9 7 2 0 27 4 +23 23 3  Arsenal 9 5 2 2 20 11 +9…

In Conversation with Jill Scott

Last week the Hidden History team paid a visit to the Manchester City Women’s Football Club grounds to speak to one of the team’s star players, Jill Scott. Jill has also played internationally, representing England in 3 World Cups, and Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games The conversation took place in the home…

‘What’s the Game: Kiss or Kick?’ Postcards of the 1890s

Each week, as we delve deeper into the women’s football collection, someone in the team uncovers an object that makes us stop, think and even laugh with despair. This week, a series of postcards by the artist Fred Spurgin has done just that and we had to share them with you. Created in 1890, when…

Play on… Artistic Response to Stories of Women and Football

Helen Mather and Cath Long are artists who work with community groups around issues of social history and experience. We spoke to them about their upcoming collaboration with the National Football Museum. Working with the National Football Museum on this project around Women and Football is really exciting and we are both looking forward to…

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…