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Collections Stories

Looking to learn more of the stories behind the objects?

Delve into the fascinating history of our extensive collection. Below you will find blogs, articles, Q&As and features on our favourite objects, unlocking the stories within each item and exploring what makes football the game of our lives. This is also where we will be revealing our Object of the Week, showcasing some of the fascinating items from our ever-growing collection. Check here every Thursday for the latest insight and opinion from our museum curators and experts.

Do you have a story to share with us about your own prized football possessions? We’re collecting memories as part of our #GameOfOurLives campaign. Click here to contribute to our growing digital collection of stories.

Lewes FC: Football to drive social change

29 July 2020

They were the first - and only - football club in the world to introduce equal pay for both their men's and women's teams. They are 100% fan-owned club and believe in deeds not words. This is Lewes FC.

Object of the Week: Gemma Bonner boots

8 July 2020

We're working to put women’s football right at the heart of the English football story. This means moving towards increasing our representation of women in football to 50% across our collections and exhibitions. Curator of Women's Football Belinda Scarlett talks about this exciting challenge and some new items collected in recent months...

Object of the Week: Paul Gascoigne Spitting Image puppet

23 June 2020

His World Cup heroics in 1990 made him a global football superstar, while his semi-final tears made him a puppet on the small screen. Collections Manager Wiebke Cullen takes a closer look at this latex legend....