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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.

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Object of The Week: Lily Parr statue

4 June 2020

She was the first superstar of women's football - yet her story is not widely known. Lily Parr was a trailblazer for women across the world. This statue went on display at the museum in 2019 and was the first statue to a female footballer in the UK.

Object of the Week: Canal Street Blues T-shirt

22 May 2020

This week’s Object of the Week is a Canal Street Blues supporters' club T-shirt worn at Pride 2018. Curator of Women's Football Belinda Scarlett explains its importance.

Object of the Week: George Best’s Mini Cooper

19 May 2020

Arguably the world’s first true football superstar, Northern Ireland’s George Best had the looks and personality to ensure his popularity went beyond the beautiful game. Collections Manager Wiebke Cullen looks at a rather unusual item from his life which is on display in the museum.

Object of the Week: Women’s Subbuteo

4 May 2020

On what would've been Women's FA Cup Final week, curator Belinda Scarlett looks at this unique Subbuteo set. This version of the famous table football game was produced in very limited numbers in 2018 to mark the final between Arsenal and Chelsea which was won by the Blues. 

Object of the Week: Picasso’s ‘Footballeur’

30 April 2020

Proving that football is art - and the museum is not just about shirts and silverware - Collections Manager Wiebke Cullen pores over our perfect Picasso in a new weekly series, Object of the Week.