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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15 August 2022
Uma Ghelani travels back 30 years, looking at the controversial and tumultuous beginnings of the Premier League.
21 July 2022
Kate Wells on the 1984 UEFA Women’s Euro Championship runner-up medal awarded to England Women captain Carol Thomas.
20 July 2022
Eloise Douglas takes a closer look at the cap and career of former Lionesses midfielder Liz Deighan.
15 July 2022
Eloise Douglas admires a unique England Women shirt from 1991, created and worn during the WFA era.
1 July 2022
Uma Ghelani looks at the legacy of Xochitl, the mascot for the unofficial 1971 Women's World Cup in Mexico.
24 June 2022
Uma Ghelani looks at the last medal won by England at a Women's European Championship: Hope Powell's runner-up silverware from 2009.
21 June 2022
Dr Alex Jackson talks about how railways have influenced the popularity of football and how big games brought Northern fans ‘down South’ for the first time.
6 June 2022
As part of our celebrations of the Women’s EURO 2022, we invited members of Manchester’s Hallé Ancoats Community Choir to represent our city in recording the tournament anthem with choirs from the other host cities and communities.
27 May 2022
Charlotte Mickelthwaite warms up for the Championship play-off final with a look at objects from its two participants: Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest.
25 May 2022
Uma Ghelani takes a look at the quartet of dolls lining up for Mattel ahead of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.