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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about the launch see: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2018/march/ski-club-of-gb-hands-over-a-century-of-history-to-dmu.aspx