Sharing the hidden history: Represent! at People’s History Museum

The significance of the women’s football collection at the National Football Museum goes far beyond the realms of football as it feeds into the wider story of the struggles for equality faced by women throughout history. As this year marks the centenary of some women getting the right to vote in England, People’s History Museum…

Female pundits setting new standard: Eniola Aluko and Alex Scott

With the men’s FIFA World Cup in full swing, the hidden history team turn their attention to two female footballers who are having quite an impact on the tournament. Eniola Aluko, former Chelsea player who has 102 England caps and has just signed up to Italian side, Juventus, and Alex Scott, formerly of Arsenal and England, have…

Emily Westwood Interview

Alongside our work with the museum’s collection we are also talking to women who have been and are still involved in football to get a first-hand account of their experiences. This week we have been talking to the current Birmingham Ladies player Emily Westwood about her footballing career. 1 – How did you get into…

The hidden history team share their favourite objects from the collection

This week the hidden history team are keen to share some of their favourite objects from the women’s collection. We’ve worked through hundreds of photographs, posters, kit, and memorabilia, and this week even tackled a 30ft banner from the 1999 Women’s World Cup, but it’s often the less obvious objects that really catch our eye…

Discovering the hidden stories of the Women’s World Cup, Mexico 1971

The unofficial Women’s World Cup held in Mexico in 1971 has received a lot of attention by academics interested in the international history of the women’s game. It was a well-attended and successful event attracting large amounts of media attention, particularly in Mexico itself. The National Football Museum has a large amount of material from…

BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018

Finalists for The BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Awards have been chosen and there is still time to cast your vote! We have provided short profiles for each of the five candidates below to help you make your decision and inset a link to the voting site at the end of the page, but…

Hidden History of Women’s Football at Manchester United

There has been a lot of talk about the overdue announcement that Manchester United have applied to enter a women’s team into the WSL tier 2 for the 2018-19 season. Since scrapping their women’s side in 2005, Manchester United have been criticised for continuing as the only Premier League club without a female team. The…

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…