The Ski Club of Great Britain Collection comes to DMU!

Special Collections is delighted that the Ski Club of Great Britain have deposited their collection of winter sports documents, artefacts, artworks and books with us. We celebrated the new partnership at a launch event last week.

Ian Holt, Treasurer at the Ski Club of Great Britain, proposes a toast to the partnership

The collection traces the history of UK skiing, in particular the development of Alpine skiing as a sport and the rise of package tours. The large collection contains marvellous photographs, administrative documents such as minute books, circulars and race results, and a variety of artefacts including skis, ski-poles, clothing, ski goggles, ski boots, cups and trophies, medals and badges. There are many artworks and a large number of books, magazines, year books and journals known as the Arnold Lunn Library when held by the Club.

Items from the collection on display

Clothing from the collection on display










Professor Martin Polley and Dr Heather Dichter from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture spoke of the importance of archives to historians and scholars, and described how the collections would be used in student projects.

Professor Martin Polley, DMU’s Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Dr Heather Dichter, DMU’s Associate Professor of Sport Management










Indeed we were pleased to be able to showcase the work of our student volunteers in the repackaging of the collection – some before and after images below.

The badge collection before sorting

The badge collection re-housed








Repackaging postcards from a crumbling album









For more information about the launch see:

About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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