National Football Museum launches new exhibition on history of women’s football

The National Football Museum is launching a new exhibition dedicated to the history of the women’s game – and wants visitors to be part of it.

Coinciding with the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament, the new exhibition, Crossing the Line: the story of women’s football, chronicles the game’s early growth, the effects of the FA’s de facto 1921 ban, its survival and its resurgence in recent decades.

The exhibition will be divided into two halves. The first half tells the story of the women’s game up until the ban, from its nineteenth-century origins to the all-conquering Dick, Kerr Ladies.

The second half kicks off later in the summer, focusing on the present state of play within women’s football, from the grassroots up to the professional game.

The museum will be collecting stories and objects from players, supporters and communities, answering important questions and celebrating its perseverance, growth and increasing popularity.

Over the course of the Score Gallery exhibition, the museum is asking visitors to #CrossTheLine, contributing their thoughts and sharing their stories within the exhibition itself and via social media. The exhibition will also be at the heart of the museum’s public talks, events and activities, encouraging fans of all ages to get involved.

Ahead of the summer tournament, the museum is also playing host to a second exhibition on the ground floor. For one month, This Fan Girl and Friends will be taking over the Pitch Gallery, celebrating how women’s football is represented and perceived through photographs and visuals.

Crossing the Line: the story of women’s football launches at the National Football Museum at 6pm on Tuesday 5 July, with the exhibition opening to the public on Wednesday 6 July. This exhibition is part of the Inspired By England 2022 programme, and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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