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As Tim Peake takes a walk in space, we find space to walk and our volunteers continue to orbit the Museum!

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2016. We might only be a few weeks into the New Year but much has already happened at the Museum that you might be interested in – our Collections Manager has started work, we have appointed the consultants to lead on the worldwide hockey heritage study, plans are in place to open the Museum to the public and much more – see below for all the details. I hope you enjoy reading it. Katie Dodd, Chair of Trustees
We have added to our own collection! The Museum’s first Collections Manager, Karen Clarke started work at the Woking office in the first week of January and is already well into the task of understanding the current processes, getting to know all the volunteers and working out the priorities for getting on top of the booking in and cataloguing tasks. Karen’s extensive experience of managing museum processes and running MODES (the museum cataloguing software) will be invaluable as we aim to achieve Museum Accreditation by late Spring.
Knock knock, who's there?
From the beginning of March, THM will be open to visitors on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. There will be a small permanent display available that gives a flavour of the many fascinating archives and memorabilia that we have in the collection but there will also be an opportunity to see round the Museum archives and talk to the volunteers who are working on the many different areas of interest – programmes, clothing, magazines, pin badges, association records etc. See the website for full details of the dates and directions to THM.
Around the world in 10 months...
THM has taken its first major steps to scope the work needed to develop, preserve and celebrate the heritage of the worldwide game. In 2015, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) asked THM to commission a study that would define an approach to the development of a worldwide network of hockey archives and researchers with a longer term aim of producing an authoritative history of the game. Last week, it was announced that Justine Reilly Consultancy would take the lead for this work to be completed ahead of the next FIH Congress in November 2016. Read more...
A date with The Hockey Museum
THM has launched its own 2016 calendar with a different image of items for the collection for each month. A few copies still available - more info here
Since the launch of the new THM website last year, a number of new features have been introduced that will over time develop into a fascinating record of many different aspects of hockey;

Hockey Features: this is a new section on the website where THM will post interesting items that cover stories from hockey’s past as they come to light, such as Hockey 50 Years ago (nuggets taken from the Museum's magazine archive), Hockey's Military Stories (stories about the impact of war on hockey), the return of the popular Hockive Facts (unusual and occasionally bizarre facts) and The Origins Of Hockey (images and objects that capture our sport's ancient history).

‘Hockey in 50 Objects’: is a feature that looks to highlight aspects of the game that have been influential in its development. The seventh object, the original Hockey Association minute book from 1896, has just been posted

Hockey Timeline: with the support of England Hockey, THM produced a 60m x 3m timeline depicting key dates and images of hockey from c2000BC through to the modern day. View the timeline
Surprise surprise! At the annual Hockey Writers' Club Lunch on 20 January 2016, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, Leandro Negre, made his customary, 'The State of Hockey' address to a room packed with hockey media, candidates for the Hockey Writers' annual awards and hockey enthusiasts and supporters. At the end of his speech, Leandro made a surprise presentation to THM Curator, Mike Smith, with a special pennant made in 1974 to commemorate his late father, Pablo Negre. Take a look at our news article. Image courtesy of Peter Savage.
Don't bury your head in the sand! Most youngsters today learn their hockey on artificial pitches while those of us a bit longer in the tooth grew up playing on grass but for a few, their memories of early hockey matches were influenced by the tides and the onshore weather! Nan Williams, one of THM volunteers, played her hockey in the 1950s for Minehead HC on the beaches of the north Somerset coast. To read Nan Williams' affectionate account of these years please click here.

‘Sand hockey’ is not one game and many forms have existed going back over the centuries and in countries all round the world. To date, little research has been done to record a detailed account of these many and varied games. Mike Smith, THM Curator, is keen to see this research started as these ancient forms of the game will undoubtedly play a part in understanding the origins and development of the modern game. If you have any information on any forms of sand hockey or are interested in getting involved please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. THM Curator, Mike Smith.

From all of the volunteers at The Hockey Museum.



South News

Rule Changesw 2019 FIH have issued a new set of outdoor rules that become effective internationally on 01 Jan 19. EH have indicated that they will not be implemented domestically during the 2018-19 season. EH Statement.

EH Structure Review The review was published on 09 February 18. Click here for more details. Ongoing progress is on the EH site.