Exhibition, open day or community event
Exhibitions that bring in objects, archives, images, film and stories about sport are a great way to showcase a sporting theme, sport, sports person, or local sporting tradition. They’re also a perfect way to highlight the development of local sports clubs. They don’t have to be grand displays in museum settings (although that’s great!). They can be one off displays which last for a weekend and are held in a village hall, opportunities for the community to work together to create an exhibition and tell a local story, or the chance for a sports club to chart their history and development.
Case Study – National Paralympic Heritage Trust
In 2018 the National Paralympic Heritage Trust successfully applied for a Sporting Heritage Community grant. The grant was used to fund a community open day at Stoke Mandeville and a pop-up exhibition exploring the history and heritage of the Paralympics. Supported by a social media campaign the event helped to raise the profile of the British Paralympic movement.
Case Study – The Hockey Museum
For National Sporting Heritage Day 2020, to celebrate hockey’s Olympic success, The Hockey Museum brought together three Olympic hockey gold medals won by England/Great Britain under one roof for the first time: England men 1908, Great Britain men 1988, and Great Britain women 2016. The event was open to the public who were invited to meet players from the 1988 and 2016 squads. There was a book signing and a strip of artificial turf in the street to encourage the public to practice their hockey skills. We also created and launched a discovery chest interactive exhibit for children and produced a short film to celebrate these sporting stories.
Reminiscence and oral history activity
You can use National Sporting Heritage Day as an opportunity to capture memories of your sport and encourage reminiscence amongst older players, fans and others in the community. These events are easy to organise, need a minimal amount of specialist equipment and help to make sure that the lived history of your sport is saved for future generations.
Case Study – National Football Museum
On NSHD 2018 the National Football Museum hosted a reminiscence day to celebrate and capture the oral histories and memories of women in Manchester and beyond who had played football between 1945 and 1993. Over 50 women attended a curator led session to learn about the history of the game and to talk about and share their own sporting memories and collections. A number of new objects and oral histories were captured and added to the museum’s collection, some of which have been displayed and the films are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.
Case Study – Kent’s Sporting Memories
Kent’s Sporting Memories aims to record and preserve the post-war history of sport in east Kent using oral history and reminiscence sessions. The project is being delivered in partnership between Kent Sport, the Active Partnership for Kent, and in coordination with the Sporting Memories Foundation. For NSHD 2019 the partnership worked with Folkestone Sports Centre to explore the sporting history of the town and surrounding area. The project drew on oral history and documents and photographs from the centre’s archive to create a pop-up exhibition. In 2020 many of these oral history recordings and archive were put online as a digital resource.
Online activities and digital content
As we emerge from the pandemic online activities and digital content may be the perfect way for you to promote your sporting heritage and celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day 2021. You don’t need to be a digital expert to create simple videos or podcasts and our website hosts a variety of free resources and training webinars to help you.
Case Study – HMS Prescoed Prison
In 2019 Indycube CIC received a Sporting Heritage Community Grant to fund a project with Prescoed FC, the only prison football team in Wales. For the prisoners involved, football formed an essential part of their community activity and plans on release. Writer, Jamie Grundy, interviewed the players and created a Sporting Heritage podcast and later a book based on his research and interviews.
Case Study – The Keep Fit Association
To celebrate NSHD2020 the Keep Fit Association (KFA) dived into their rich video archive to create a series of short films celebrating their history.
Sporting heritage is a brilliant way to teach the curriculum inspiring children and young people to learn through the sporting past. There are lots of examples across the country of schools using sport to teach about transport and immigration, rights and women’s issues, local history and community development. We have developed resources to support schools who would like to celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day 2021. You can access our School Resources here.
Case Study – Park House School
For National Sporting Heritage Day 2019 Park House School aimed to celebrate the schools own sporting heritage. Year 10 students from the Get Set Beacon produced a short documentary-style video, in turn filmed and produced by A Level Media Studies students at the school as part of their coursework. The video set out to reflect how the school’s ethos and culture is based on a sporting heritage which encompasses present and former staff, and sporting alumni who have gone on to become international athletes -and to celebrate the current cohort of students whose values and behaviour are positively shaped by it.