April 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter! We’re drawing together support for the sector during this time to help you access the funding and support you need, at the same time as working to celebrate and share sporting heritage as widely as possible.

In this newsletter, we share a number of digital tools you can access which supports collection development and professional development, key funding opportunities specifically focussed on those in need during the pandemic, and call out for new associates to join our team.

As ever, keep in touch and let us know how we can better support your work!


Heritage Collections Scoping Project
Celebrating Your Past

It could not be more relevant in this unprecedented period to take some time to celebrate the historic journey your sport has taken since its inception. It is a great opportunity to reflect on past challenges and the resilience your sport has demonstrated to get to where it is today.

Who are your pioneers? What amazing events need remembering? Who are the heroes?

With this in mind we are thrilled to announce that the first phase of our collections scoping project is officially under way! 

Our three-year Sport England funded project will map as many of the sporting heritage collections linked to National Governing Bodies and their associated organisations as possible, with a key focus on women and disability sport – the often ‘hidden’ histories.

We will help as many organisations as possible who have the desire to ensure their history is documented – not forgotten! We will support you to look after your own collections: one of the most important outcomes of the project will be the creation of resources and toolkits that will help you or your organisation do just that.

We need your help! Please complete this survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/sportingheritage so we can gather key information about your sporting heritage collections. The survey will only take 20 minutes to complete 

Once you have completed the survey we will know more about what exists in your sports and it will give us the information we need to help you preserve your sports heritage.

We will add your collection to the national sporting collections website – which is owned, accessed and updated by you or your organisation. This will let people know more about your collection and how they can access it.

However, more importantly you will tell us the resources you need to help you or your organisation to ensure the past is preserved and recorded.

For further information please visit: www.sportingheritage.org.uk/content/category/news/sporting-heritage-for-womens-and-disability-sport.

If you have any questions about this exciting project and are interested in taking advantage of the opportunity do get in touch with either Julia Lee julia.lee@csi2012.co.uk  or Brigid Power brigidbradley@yahoo.co.uk.

Webinar Series

In May, we launch our webinar series to bring remote support and training to your home office. Our webinars will be free of charge for the next six months and will support a range of different collections and organisational needs in the light of the current pandemic. Our first webinar, Helping you to adapt due to Covid-19, will focus on the key things you may be looking for support with in terms of organisational change, at-risk collections, emergency planning, and funding.

We’ll also be running one-to-one sessions in the last week of April to support anyone applying to Arts Council England or National Lottery Heritage Fund Emergency Funds. These slots will be released on our website, through our social media channels, and in an e-shot early next week so please do keep having a look.

How To Guides

We’ve been working hard with our partners at Bradford University to develop a series of How To Guides – everything from how to create a temporary exhibition, to how to deliver better community engagement. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a new guide every Thursday on our You Tube channel – just follow the link below to watch!

Starting out on your collection’s journey? 

If you’re at the beginning of your heritage process, and you have your collection at home with you, you may want to create an inventory. This is a straight-forward listing of the objects and archives you hold that helps you understand and organise your collection. Sporting Heritage has a template you can use to make this process easier – you can download it for free from our website using the link below:

Sporting Heritage 2020 Conference
22nd and 23rd October

We’ve taken the decision to postpone our physical conference this year and instead to deliver a virtual Sporting Heritage Summit, taking place on the 22nd and 23rd October. Our call for papers is now live and we’re keen to hear from people across the sector and ensure a range of voices and collections are represented through the programme.

For further information, please visit:

Join the Sporting Heritage Associate Bank!

We’re looking for a team of new Associates to join our expertise bank in support of the sector over the coming years. This bank of professionals will support Sporting Heritage to deliver the needs of the sector in a range of areas and disciplines.

Please visit our website at the following link for further information about the Bank, what’s involved, and how to register your interest.

Celebrating Sporting Heritage

We’re working with a range of funder and sector support organisations to develop a campaign that celebrates and shares the nation’s sporting heritage over the coming spring and summer, leading up to National Sporting Heritage Day on 30th September. The aim of the campaign will be to open up sporting heritage collections widely and fill the gaps as best we can in the current operating environment.

While we develop this activity, keep posting your collections and inspirational stories to twitter using the #shareyoursportingheritage. And remember if you haven’t already logged your collection on our database, you can do so by visiting www.sportingheritage.org.uk/collections.

Keep posted on our social media channels and our newsletters for further details in the coming weeks!

Join our new football heritage network!

We’ve decided to continue the development of this network in the first instance in digital form. The aim will be to bring together all those with an interest in football heritage to discuss key issues and opportunities to support the sharing and preservation of football heritage.

To join the network, simply email justine@sportingheritage.org.uk with the subject heading ‘Football Heritage Network’ and confirm in the body of the email that you are happy to be added to our e-distribution list. 


The Great Save

The Great Save is an occasional blog devoted to the issue of saving the nation’s football memorabilia from destruction and making it available for all kinds of heritage and community purposes. The three writers at the moment are John Bunyard (Maidstone), Roger Titford (Reading) and Geoff Wicken (Watford) – all supporter-volunteers engaged in heritage projects with their own clubs. But The Great Save is looking more contributors to the blog and Roger sent us the following:

“In December 2019 we attached an online survey to an article about memorabilia in When Saturday Comes. The results showed that there was a real interest in the subject.  A summary of the findings is featured in our March blog, along with other news and features.

“We see The Great Save’s role as an amplifier and a lubricant – we’re not trying to buy or sell anything but we’re trying to bring together, inform and inspire fellow football fans who have similar concerns about the disappearance of football heritage. We hope it will inspire more supporters to set up formal football heritage groups in their localities.

You’ll find our first blog at www.thegreatsave.net – please take a look and if you find it of use and interest please subscribe or participate”.

Sheffield’s Football Heritage

During the 2018 World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia, 26 million British viewers watched the game; and, on a greater scale, the 2018 World Cup had more than 3.57 billion viewers (FIFA, 2018).

Football is the biggest spectator sport in the world and has a major economic impact. For example, the English Premier League generated £4.5 billion in 2016-17 and the European leagues in total generated €25.5 billion (Deloitte, 2018). Football is not only big business but it impacts on education; is the glue which binds societies together; and encourages health and wellbeing for many millions of participants and volunteers. The Home of Football is Sheffield.

Britain is acknowledged as the birthplace of many sports and some locations have become synonymous with sport e.g. St Andrew’s – golf; Twickenham – rugby; Newmarket – horse racing; and Wimbledon – tennis. These centres have become destinations for sporting pilgrims and tourists eager to learn more about sporting heritage as well as companies investing there. Sheffield, too, can use its football heritage to make it even more attractive to live, work, learn, invest and play.

The Sheffield Home of Football strategy document is designed to identify potential actions based on its sporting heritage. This football heritage is a shared inheritance and everyone is invited to contribute in whatever way they would like.

Download the Strategy Document PDF at www.homeoffootball.net.

TNA Update

From Caroline Sampson, Development Manager: National and Networks, Archives Sector Development:

“The National Archives building is now closed to the public and all staff not required for essential security and maintenance are working from home.  In the Archives Sector Development department we intend as far as possible to continue to act as a point of contact for the archive sector and offer such advice and information as we can.  Accordingly, our website has been updated (see www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/our-archives-sector-role/coronavirus-update) with guidance regarding:

  • archives that have been appointed Places of Deposit to hold public records under s.4(1) of the Public Records Act
  • the funding programmes Archives Revealed and Collaborate & Innovate
  • Archive Service Accreditation, the UK-wide standard for archive services (conveyed on behalf of the Archive Service Accreditation partnership).

We are also working on guidance material on the temporary removal of
archives from repositories by staff (for example, for cataloguing at home) and the security and maintenance of archive buildings during the shutdown.  It will be a combination of advice and a checklist of things services need to think about.

Your regional Sector Development Managers and I are still very much available if you need us by phone or by email.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we may be able to help or just want to talk something through.  No question too daft, too big or too small!  These are strange times and we’re all thinking our way through a rapidly changing reality.”


Sporting Heritage Funding Finder
Helping you find access to the right funding

We recently launched our Sporting Heritage Funding Finder. Linked to hundreds of different funding opportunities suitable for those working across the sector, our funding finder allows you to search specifically for the needs of your organisation. With access to funding even more acute than ever, we’ve brought forward the launch of our funding finder and made it available to everyone for the first six months!

You can access the funding finder on our website at this link: www.sportingheritage.org.uk/content/advice/funding.

Covid-19 Grants

Heritage Emergency Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/heritage-emergency-fund-launches-help-sector.Sport England: Community Emergency Fund
This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Welsh Museums Federation Covid-19 Resilience Grants
Grants will be made available to independent heritage attractions and museums in Wales. These are small independent historic attractions that are themselves historic buildings or sites and Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation museums. The grants enable these organisations to survive this difficult period of closure and income loss. In addition, it will ensure that immediately following this crisis, they will be in a position to re-open and provide sustainable services and activities to the public during a period of recovery.

Grants with Deadlines

National Archives Testbed Funding – deadline 27th April
The National Archives has extended the application deadlines for the funding programmes Archives Revealed and Collaborate & Innovate by a number of weeks each. This includes the deadline for the third round of Archives Testbed funding which will now be 27 April 2020. It is hoped that this flexibility will help provide more time to adjust to your current situation and the TNA team are more than happy to answer any queries that you may have.
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/finding-funding.Arts Council England Covid-19 Support – deadline 30th April
Arts Council England have released a package of emergency support for organisations and individuals working across the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Those organisations who do not currently hold National Portfolio Status can apply for up to £35,000. Individuals working within the sector can apply for up to £2,500. Round two opened for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 27 April.

Horse Racing Foundation – deadline 1st May
The Racing Foundation aims to ‘make a difference’ to the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry by supporting charitable work in the areas of social welfare, training and education, racehorse welfare, equine science research and heritage and culture.

Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives Related to Sports
– deadline 3rd July

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce that alongside their 2020 general cataloguing grant for business collections, the cataloguing grant for Business Archives related to Sports returns for its second year. As before, the grant is for £4,000. Find out more at

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Community Fund statement:
“We know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as we can. At the moment, our priority is to keep money flowing to support people, communities and the organisations”.For further information, please visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/about/coronavirus-updates.

SH Membership

We aim to bring as much freely available information and support to the sector at this time and are trying to open access that would usually only be free to our members, to all for the next six months. If you are able to join as a member though, we would be so hugely grateful as we rely on our membership fees to keep running and keep doing what we do.

You can join by visiting our website here:

Thank you all for your support! 


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