Inspiring connections, Engaging collections
We’re passionate about the role of sporting heritage in today’s society. The Sport in Museums Network’s primary aim is to engage more people with sporting collections – either those held in museums, or by others with the support of those working in museums.
We do this by providing lots of different professional development opportunities for individuals and organisations from lots of different sectors, for example education, heritage, health, community and sport.
In the past we have conducted scoping programmes and touring exhibitions, and our current professional development programme is funded through Arts Council England from 2015 – 2018. In addition, we work with a range of partners to develop our offer and provide those working within the field of sporting heritage with advice and guidance about collections and how to use them more effectively.
Our members are our strength, and they are very generous with their time and knowledge. We are currently revising our membership offer and would very much value your thoughts by completing our survey.
We began in 2003 as the Sports Heritage Network. Set up by Paul Mains, Director of the River and Rowing Museum and Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum, the network began to raise interest and awareness in the use and conservation of sporting collections. Funded through the now dissolved Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Sports Heritage Network delivered ground breaking research and programmes which furthered our understanding of the field of sport in museums greatly. You can find out more about all our work in the research section of this website.