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…

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…

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…

Kath Davies – Memories of a Corinthian Lady

Our project to unlock the hidden history of women’s football is not just about uncovering objects from within our collection, it’s also about hearing stories from people who have been involved with the game. Receiving responses to our blog posts makes us as excited as unwrapping an early 20th century medal and so when former…

19th Century Newspapers

This week our exploration of the women’s football collection has uncovered a pile of 19th century newspapers that give us an insight into early public opinion of women’s football. The Graphic, 1895 In the early days of the game, British newspapers often printed articles and sketches which mocked female football players. Some suggested that they…

Unlocking the Hidden History with Liz Deighan

One of the most significant hidden histories of women’s football is the period between 1969-1993, when women who were fed up with the ban on their rights to play football on FA certified pitches got together to form the Women’s Football Association. Liz Deighan This week, as part of our journey to unlock the #hiddenhistory…

Scrapbooking: Preserving the stories of Manchester’s Corinthian Ladies

Each week we are uncovering more fascinating objects from the vast collection of women’s football material at the National Football Museum archive. Each object represents a story from the long and tumultuous history of women’s football, from impressive medals which symbolise a team’s journey to victory, to photographs which often tell a more personal story….

A look back at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009.

As the England Women’s National Team continues to storm through the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, securing their place in the semi-finals following a 1-0 victory against France on Sunday, we’ve been uncovering objects from the 2009 edition of the competition.