The sport of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby has exploded across the UK in the last six years. From the first pioneering leagues - London Rollergirls, Birmingham Blitz Dames, London Rockin' Rollers and Glasgow Roller Girls founded in 2006 and 2007, to now more than 90 leagues in all corners of the country. History is being made.
The National Museum of Roller Derby was established in 2012 at Glasgow Women's Library as the UK's first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to this new and exciting all-female, full-contact sport. Materials (such as bout programmes, merchandise, press cuttings etc.) are being donated by Roller Derby Leagues all over the country to form the basis of a national collection, which aims to properly document and preserve for posterity the fast-and-furious first years of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby in the UK and beyond.
The National Museum of Roller Derby project was officially inaugurated in June 2012 at a special event at Glasgow Women's Library. The 'national launch' took place at the Chaos on the Clyde tournament at Glasgow's Kelvinhall in August 2012. The museum's first public exhibition 'The Revolution on Roller Skates' was curated by members of Glasgow Roller Derby and Auld Reekie Roller Girls - Cara Viola, Maulin' Rouge and Bint Imperial and took place from 22 September - 13 October 2012 at Glasgow Women's Library.
In 2013, Glasgow Women's Library - the host venue for the National Museum of Roller Derby's collection is moving from its current home at the Mitchell Library to the beautiful 1906 Grade B Listed Carnegie Library on Landressy Street in Bridgeton. Once settled in, this will provide a permanent home for the NMRD and the rest of Glasgow Women's Library's inspiring collection.
For the first six months for 2013, while the move takes place, National Museum of Roller Derby volunteers are continuing to develop the project by building our connections with Roller Derby leagues across the UK and beginning to record 'oral histories' from key women involved in the sport... All with a view to organising more public events and exhibitions later in the year. Watch this space!
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