About the Sport in Museums Network
Inspiring collections, engaging connections
The Sport in Museums Network was originally established as the Sports Heritage Network (SHN) in 2003 to promote interest in Britain’s unique sports heritage. it created the National Sports Museum Online in 2013 to begin to chart a clear, accessible picture of sporting collections in the UK, where they are held, and how to access them. he aim is for the website to become a national database of sporting collections in the long-term.
The network places an emphasis on professional development and providing support for organisations across the country to better understand, protect, and provide access to the nations sporting heritage. With a primary emphasis on supporting museums, the network encourages and actively promotes partnerships with organisations across a wide variety of sectors including heritage, education, health, sport and tourism.
Our previous activity has included mapping the nations sporting collections; delivering the Our Sporting Life exhibition programme between 2011 and 2013 with over one million participants to over one hundred venues nationwide; a scoping study of the opportunities and threats to sporting heritage n the UK; and, most recently, a successful bid to Arts Council England to deliver a three programme to provide sustainability to the network through creating regional networks, regular events and advocacy opportunities, resources, a mentoring programme, and a membership programme. Our members are always at the heart of our activity and we conduct regular evaluation and discussion with them to find out what’s needed to ensure collections are preserved and access is made available.
To find out more, please contact the Sport in Museums Network Project Manager, Justine Reilly, on 07971 008037 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.