The Welsh Football Collection is held by Wrexham Museum and has been shared at a number of exhibitions over the years, most recently in Shirt Stories: A Shirt by Shirt History of Welsh Football. This was the museum’s most recent exhibition before the building’s closure in November 2023. The museum will now undergone significant redevelopment, opening again in 2026 as an improved Wrexham Museum and new Football Museum for Wales (Museum of Two Halves).
Within the collection is a significant photograph archive collated by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and donated to Wrexham Museum. Many of these images, dating back to the early 1900s will not have been seen by the public before. The museum has a plan to digitise the collection and share it more widely than has currently been possible. In order to do this, high specification scanning equipment is required. With the award of a Sporting Heritage/Microform grant, the museum has been able to purchase this equipment and get to work in bringing the images to digital life!
In order to celebrate NSHD and our grant award we wanted to scan and share a collection snapshot. We chose Wales women’s teams from the 1990s. A thought-provoking selection in that they are modern and relatively current but still from a time when the female game had little coverage and attention compared with today. Sharing these images online was great for us as it stimulated debate and engagement whilst also highlighting some of the fantastic collection which we will utilise much more of in the exciting years to come!