National Basketball Heritage Centre
The National Basketball Heritage Centre (NBHC) was founded at the University of Worcester in 2015 and was initiated by major donations of historical basketball material from John Atkinson and Jenny Collins. It has since been recognized as the central repository for basketball history related material by the sport’s national governing bodies in the United Kingdom. The NBHC is comprised of the
National Basketball Library, the National Basketball Archive, and the National Basketball Studies Centre.
The National Basketball Library
The National Basketball Library located within The Hive houses the biggest public collection of basketball literature in the United Kingdom. It includes dedicated sections to basketball coaching and basketball history in addition to an extensive back catalogue of periodicals such as Basketball, Basketball Monthly, FIBA Monthly, Slam, Slam Dunk, and MVP. The library also houses the NBHC’s impressive collection of matchday programs, newsletters, press clippings, media guides, yearbooks, and basketball handbooks.
The National Basketball Archive
The National Basketball Archive is based at the University of Worcester’s St. John’s campus. It holds score sheets and box score statistics for thousands of domestic and national team matches. The score sheets go back as far as the 1940s for national team competition, and the 1970s for domestic league and cup competitions. The collection includes extensive documentation around the development of notational and statistical systems by John Atkinson, Roger Yapp, and others. The archive also contains memorabilia such as team photographs, game used uniforms & equipment, trophies, medals, pennants, and pins.