The Hockey Museum Gains International Recognition

Hockey Museum Signing July 2015


England Hockey is delighted to report that The Hockey Museum (THM) has recently signed an agreement (a Memorandum of Understanding) with the FIH Foundation for the Promotion & Development of Hockey (the FIH Foundation) that formalises the collaboration between them to work together to preserve hockey’s heritage. The FIH has asked THM to take a lead in preserving an accurate story of hockey’s worldwide development and make available historical information and materials. The agreement was signed in Antwerp during the recent ‘Road to Rio’ Olympic Qualifying Tournament and where THM had been invited to present to the FIH Foundation Meeting. This presentation outlined THM’s new vision - Giving Hockey’s History a Future - and key aims for the next five years.

The official press release can be found on the FIH website with more detail on THM website

The fact that the FIH has gone into partnership with THM is a fantastic vote of confidence in the Museum’s ability to bring something unique and worthwhile to the table. One of the Museum’s first tasks under this new partnership will be to assess the current position worldwide in relation to the collection, cataloguing, preservation & display of hockey’s heritage with a view to developing a collaborative approach to ensuring that more of our sport’s fascinating heritage is saved and made available to the wider hockey family and beyond.

The work, to be lead by an academic, will also set the framework for an exciting project to research, collate and publish an authoritative history of hockey ahead of the FIH Centenary in 2024.

You will be able to visit THM stand at this summer’s Unibet EuroHockey Championships. The Museum Marquee will have many new and fascinating displays with a screen showing photographs and old cine-film clips, real examples of hockey wear through the ages, a wide selection of magazine and books to browse through, interesting stories from previous European events, and the largest hockey timeline ever constructed - 60 metres in length!

If you would like to find out more about the work of THM, visit their website or contact the curator, Mike Smith, at curator@hockeymuseum.net.