March 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the March newsletter, featuring the following:

  • SH response to Covid-19
  • SH Conference 2020
  • National Sporting Heritage Day 2020
  • Russell Todd, our Podcaster-in-ResidenceNews:
  • Evolution of Women’s Cricket Symposium
  • RED Project Launches CrowdfunderFunding Focus:
  • Business Archives Council Cataloguing Grant
  • Magic Little Grants
  • National Manuscripts Conservation Trust Grants
  • Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Grant

Sporting Heritage Response to the
Current Covid-19 Situation

In line with many other cultural organisations, Sporting Heritage has assessed the risks to the organisation, our staff and clients. As a result, we have adopted a digital approach to all of our activity between now and the end of April. This means, we have unfortunately, had to postpone a number of upcoming events including the Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces Showcase, the inaugural meeting of an Expert Panel for Sporting Heritage in Wales, and our networking meeting for the national museums of sport. All of these events will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity and will not prevent our usual delivery. Sporting heritage is primarily a digital organisation and as such we are well placed to deal with the challenges which may present over the coming weeks and months. Please keep an eye on our social media feeds and we’ll update you as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and keep safe!
The Sporting Heritage Team

Sporting Heritage Conference 2020
Call for Papers and Booking Opens!

Our next conference takes place at the Engine Shed in Stirling on the 22nd and 23rd October 2020.

Every year, we ensure that the conference brings together a range of speakers, discussing key elements of sporting heritage. This call for papers is an inclusive call looking for interesting submissions which raise awareness of the key issues and opportunities provided to sporting heritage in 2020; demonstrates the impact of sporting heritage and the stories it tells; and discusses how we can raise greater awareness, support and funding across a range of agendas in the power of these collections.

For more information, please visit this link to download the call template.

Our conference usually sells out, so feel free to get in early and book your space!

National Sporting Heritage Day 2020
Call for Sponsors!

Fancy being this year’s sponsor for the UK’s premier campaign about Sporting Heritage? 

National Sporting Heritage Day takes place on the 30th September every year. It celebrates and shares the amazing sporting heritage across the UK. From exhibitions, to events, to school programmes and reminiscence sessions, we’re always amazed at the level of commitment from communities and organisations in this campaign.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve been able to deliver some fantastic community engagement events by funding local community outreach programmes. We’re now opening our call for sponsors of this activity – it’s an amazing opportunity to share your brand’s link with sporting heritage and the impact it has on so many people.

For more information, please contact

Introducing Russell Todd
Sporting Heritage CIC’s Podcaster-in-Residence

My name is Russell Todd, Sporting Heritage CIC’s podcaster-in-residence. If you have been at any of the Sporting Heritage summits in Bradford, Liverpool or my home city of Cardiff, then you may have noticed me – I was the one lurking with assorted microphones and wires!

The Bradford summit in 2017 was my first contact with Sporting Heritage CIC and I really enjoyed the breadth of sport covered and the range of perspectives on those sports that comprised ‘heritage’: from poetry to broadcasting, participation to governance, elite competition to the grassroots. In 2014 I founded a podcast dedicated to the Wales football team, and I’ve always found those episodes that touch on aspects of society, identity, community, language or politics to be far more interesting to produce than discussing on-field matters.

I’m really looking forward to producing more podcasts for the forthcoming Sport England and Disability England project. Podcasts are a great medium for the heritage sector to share learning and raise awareness of its work, collections and achievements. Perhaps in the long run, with a suitable focus on capacity building, there is huge potential for the sector itself to produce and share its own podcast (and other digital) content.

Read Russel’s full article on our Blog page:

Visit Sporting Heritage’s Soundcloud page to listen to Russell’s podcasts:

MCC Celebrates Evolution of Women’s Cricket
at Special Symposium on 4 April at Lord’s

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition – Evolution of Women’s Cricket – experts and heroes from the women’s game will be speaking at a special symposium at Lord’s on Saturday 4 April.

Hear from leading women’s cricket expert Dr Rafaelle Nicholson who will be speaking on the history of the game, as well as cricket luminaries Claire Taylor and Barbara Daniels as they share their experiences of the game with Isabelle Duncan, who has written extensively on women’s cricket.

Tickets include the symposium, entry to the exhibition and a light lunch.

Find out more at or to book please call 020 7616 8526.

The RED Project Launches Crowdfunder

The RED Project is a community archive of Liverpool football fans’ personal photos and stories.  Collected alongside the fans, the archive is then shared in creative and engaging ways through exhibitions, podcasts, books and events.

Football may be the thread, but this project is about PEOPLE.  We want to create a living, breathing archive. To offer opportunities for all ages, to come together and connect, to reminisce, to socialise, create and to share their stories.  To do this.. we want to take the archive TO the fans.

We’re launching a Crowdfunder to renovate a vintage caravan and turn it into The RED Caravan!  As a mobile exhibition space we will tour Merseyside sharing the wonderful archive of fans’ personal photos and stories and collect many more along the way!

The Crowdfunder target is £23,000 to cover the caravan renovation and to get the tour off the ground… BUT we also have a STRETCH TARGET of £40,000!! This will enable us to fund a more extensive tour reaching more people, be able to turn the work into two exhibitions AND establish and run our ‘Down memory Lane’ sessions, where we take the archive to Dementia groups across the city.

Find out more at: and please spread the word!

Business Archives Council (BAC)
Cataloguing Grant Returns

The BAC is delighted to announce that alongside the 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.

The aims of both grants, in funding the cataloguing of business collections in either the private or public sector, are to:

  • Provide financial support for institutions/ businesses that manage business archives
  • Reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
  • Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/ volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections
  • Increase accessibility to business archives.

Falkirk Community Trust was awarded the first BAC Sports cataloguing grant in 2019 to catalogue the archive collection of Falkirk Football Club.  The records of Falkirk Football Club document the strong links between leisure as a business and the local community.  The collection has become of particular interest as a result of a highly successful exhibition recently hosted by the Trust.  ‘Falkirk FC: A Fans’ View’ prompted discussion between the Football Club and the newly appointed Archivist to share the club’s heritage with the wider community.

We envisage that the £4,000 grant will be used over the equivalent of a six-week period to fund an archive intern or temporary staff member (under professional supervision) to catalogue a discrete collection of business records. This work should produce either a detailed catalogue of a small collection or a top-level catalogue of a more substantial collection.  Grant recipients will be asked to produce a short report on the project outcomes for the BAC newsletter and website.  In addition, the catalogue should be made available on The National Archives’ DISCOVERY database.

The Grant launches on 20 April, with an application deadline of 3 July.

For more information see the BAC’s website at:

Magic Little Grants 2020 From Localgiving

Grants of £500 for charities and community groups
delivering sports and physical activities

Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

The fund will be awarding over 900 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

Applications will receive a decision on their application and, if successful, the funding within two months of submitting a complete application.

Find out more at:

The deadline for applications will be 31st October 2020.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust
Grant Application Deadline: 1 April

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT), administered by The National Archives, provides financial assistance to help with the cost of conserving manuscripts that are historically or educationally valuable.

Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of nearly £3m which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents that would otherwise have been lost or faced an uncertain future.

We welcome applications from non national archives and record offices, as well as specialist libraries, universities and museums.

Find out more at:

Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust
Ongoing Grants Available

These Grants are provided and administered by the Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust and are available for third sector organisations (TSOs) in the UK. The scheme is intended to support organisations undertaking charitable projects, with the following themes in particular:

  • Heritage
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Sports facilities.

Grants typically range from £1,000 to £10,000. The applications process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Contact: The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust, Soditic Ltd,
12 Charles II Street, London, SW1Y 4QU.


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