National Football Museum to unlock the hidden history of women’s football Calendar

22 May 2017

Unofficial world cup poster 1970

Poster from the first unofficial women’s world cup held in Italy in 1970.

The Museum’s Collections team is working to unlock the hidden history of women in football by exploring our women’s football collection for the first time. Two new members of the team are cataloguing a large collection of material purchased in 2015 and unearthing objects in our archives that have never been displayed before.

The Museum will extend its permanent galleries to display its women’s collection which includes international material from the early days of the game, kits from the unofficial women’s England team playing during the FA ban, through to merchandise from more recent FIFA Women’s World Cups. The new display will open in March 2018 alongside an online exhibition and learning resources.


WFA England National team jersey 1980s

England Women’s Football Association national team jersey, 1980s.

The team has already discovered fascinating material from the trailblazers of the women’s game.

We hope that research will help us to learn much more about these women and their experiences in football.  To help us uncover some of these stories, historians and academics will also be given access to the collection to research the social, political and economic impact of women in football.

The results of their research will be disseminated at a conference held at the National Football Museum on International Women’s Day 2018. The conference will explore new perspectives on and interpretations of the material culture of the women’s game.


To find out more about the project please contact the Project Coordinator, Belinda Monkhouse.


The project is being made possible thanks to a grant from the Arts Council Designation Development Fund.