What we do

What we do

We deliver a number of programmes with a range of partners which explore the role and value of sporting heritage and support a greater awareness of the relevance of these collections in the modern heritage sector. These include:

The Network

We help individuals and organisations share and support each other through a programme of network activity. This includes discreet network activity in support of geographical locations work (we have a network in Scotland and Wales for example) and subject areas (for example the National Museums of Sport Network).

Events and Conference 

We deliver a range of training events and support activities for anyone interested in collections related to sport . This includes an annual national conference.

Sporting Heritage Collections

We’re working to map the nation’s sporting collections to better understand a) what collections exist and where they are held; b) how easily sporting heritage collections can be accessed and how we can better support access; and c) to what extent sporting heritage is at-risk and in need of support for collections care, rehoming, and rescue. To add a collection visit this page.

National Sporting Heritage Day

In 2014, as a direct result of our research and evaluation conducted on the heritage response to the 2012 Olympic Games, we established the National Sporting Heritage Day.  Held on the 30th September every year, the day provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK.

One to one support for organisations and individuals

We deliver discreet support for organisations and individuals who manage sporting heritage collections, or who wish to work with these collections.

Our activity included providing simple telephone support and guidance, fund-raising and bid writing, evaluation, audience development and learning programming, project management, scoping collections and developing strategic plans.

Recent clients include The Hockey Museum, The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, The National Football Museum, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, The Army Museums Network and Rambert Dance Archive.

If we can help you develop your work, get in touch justine@sportingheritage.org.uk

Thematic programmes

We deliver discreet activity which supports a better understanding of specific areas of sporting collections. For example, Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces.


We have a range of research projects and programmes taking place which aim to better understand the role and value of sporting collections across a range of agendas.

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