|Over the next three years, Sporting Heritage will be delivering a project across England with an aim of better understanding, supporting and sharing sporting collections. With a focus on women’s sport and disability sport, the project will work primarily with small to medium sized National Governing Bodies of sport to scope collections, develop a tool-kit for all those working with a sporting collection, produce an e-learning sporting heritage accreditation module, deliver digital touring exhibitions, and deliver training and support. As part of the project, we now have a number of new members in our delivery team:|
Claire Dixon is our Campaign Lead manager working on #NSHD2020. Held on the 30th September every year, National Sporting Heritage Day is an ongoing campaign and provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK. Raising awareness of the relevance of sporting heritage, the campaign promotes sporting heritage at the heart of the community and community at the heart of sporting heritage.
The celebration uses a combination of arts, crafts, science, tech, digital, heritage and sport activities, led by local people sharing passion and skills, as a catalyst for community-led transformation, with active participation for all ages.
Key city venues of culture with professional events and our Ambassador Programme also support the campaign allowing greater links between individuals and organisations, encouraging large venues to co-create with local people, and small groups to realise their heritage value as grassroots champions. Importantly the day is used to inspire children and families to be a part of sport civilisation helping to develop a more inclusive sporting heritage culture.
Be a part, get involved: Share your heritage with everyone: National Sporting Heritage Day 2020: #NSHD2020.
Julia Lee and Brigid Power
Julia Lee has worked in the sport sector for over twenty years. She was the Rugby Football League Director of Development and Chair of the NGB forum. Presently, she is a member of Sport and Recreation Alliance in the Sports and Games Division. Julia has a particular interest in women’s sport and discovering their hidden histories. She has run several sporting heritage projects which have given a voice to often unheard women in sport, as well as highlighted important collections.
Brigid Power has worked in museums for 15 years, with the last five being in the sporting heritage sector, largely with Rugby League collections. She is currently undertaking a PhD which looks at how engaging with sporting heritage has an impact on social inclusion among individuals and communities. This ties in well with her work at Rugby League Cares, a charitable organisation who is driving the development of a National Rugby League Museum.
Their role together in this project is scoping and mapping the collections of National Governing Bodies and their affiliate organisations. They want to provide a clear picture of what collections lie where, what they consist of and how they can potentially be looked after better. Although not exclusively, they are especially interested in finding those collections which relate to women’s and disability sport. They are keen to find Heritage Ambassadors in organisations who are part of the project.
Katie has worked in museums in a collections management and exhibition role since 1996. Her role in the Sport England project being delivered by Sporting Heritage is Resilient Lead. This means she is responsible for producing and delivering a digital toolkit aimed at helping organisations to look after the sporting collections they have and safeguard them for future generations.
Katie will also be creating an e-learning module which runs alongside the digital toolkit and enables organisations to learn how to care for and develop their collections and also how to use them effectively for research and enjoyment.
She will be doing a series of workshops to introduce the digital toolkit to organisations who would like to improve their understanding of their collections in this way and to provide advice and support to help build a strong sporting heritage.