Pioneering women in our sporting archives


The material featured in this online exhibition is drawn from the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) Collection, the Edith Thompson Hockey Collection, the Betty Fairgrieve Hockey Collection, the Richard Bowen (Judo) Collection, and the Woodard (Judo) Collection.

We've selected a small number of our favourite items to give you a taste of what these collections hold and how they complement each other. Together they document some of the unsung heroes of sport, evidencing the pioneering achievements of women athletes and highlighting the role they played in popularising female sporting activity.

We hope that you're inspired!

Click on the images below to find out more or visit the exhibition gallery by clicking on the link to the right.