DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
The material is presented in the order given below. It covers the period from c1895 to 2003.
Section A, All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA), contains material relating to the organisation, activities and day to day management of the governing body for women's hockey in the UK from its formation in 1895 until it was superseded by the English Hockey Association in 1997. It includes minutes of meetings, affiliated club lists, rulebooks, newsletters and associated publicity. It also includes a small amount of material relating to territorial (West and South) women's hockey associations.
Section B, International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations (IFWHA), documents the internationalisation of women's hockey as player nations cooperated to improve and promote the game worldwide. As well as more general administrative papers relating to UK participation in the management of IFWHA, the section also contains material relating to the organisation of a series of triennial IFWHA conferences and tournaments between 1930 and 1983.
Section C, Events, is the largest section in the catalogue, comprising a chronological sequence of programmes, flyers and handbills relating to local, regional, national and international hockey events of all types between 1905 and 1998. The section also contains material relating to the Women's Hockey World Cup between 1974 and 2002.
Section D, Scrapbooks, albums, photographs & negatives, contains a range of material assembled by prominent and well-known hockey players and advocates of the sport. Over sixty scrapbooks and albums covering the period from 1898 to 1961 offer a uniquely personal perspective on the early days of women's hockey in the UK. An extensive collection of photographic prints and negatives, many donated by Pat Ward, editor of Hockey Field, record hockey-related events as well as the changing visual identity of the sport of hockey.
Section E, Hockey Association (HA), comprises material, including minutes of meetings, handbooks and annual reports, relating to the governing body for men's hockey in the UK. Although women's hockey, governed separately by the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) until 1997, is the primary focus of the Collection, the material in this section forms a useful point of comparison between the sport as played and managed by men and by women.
Section F, Press cuttings, contains several collections of press cuttings relating to both women's and men's hockey dating from 1931 to 2001.
Section G, National Hockey Centre (Milton Keynes), comprises minutes of meetings, correspondence and architectural plans relating to the development and construction of hockey's first national playing headquarters between 1988 and 1998.
Section H, English Hockey Association (EHA), contains correspondence and papers relating to the formation in 1997 of a new association to jointly govern both women's and men's hockey in England. The EHA was dissolved in 2002 and shortly afterwards England Hockey was established as the national governing body of the sport.