National Football Museum launches new exhibition

National Football Museum launches 'Crossing the Line' exhibition

The National Football Museum is opening a new exhibition entitled ‘Crossing the Line: the story of women’s football.’

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and launching Tuesday 5 July at 6pmm before opening to the public on Wednesday 6 July, anyone can contribute their stories and  thoughts to the exhibition on site or online via #CrossTheLine

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.

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