Heritage Quay facilities remain closed as with the rest of the University campus. However staff continue to work remotely as we have done since March.
We are working hard to undertake risk assessments and plan new ways of working so that we can make the necessary changes to be able to open our facilities. This will take place as soon as it is safe to do so and will likely be phased over a period of time. The wellbeing and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority. We will be working in collaboration with other providers where appropriate and in line with government guidance.
In the meantime we continue to respond to emails and we will respond to essential enquiries where we can.
Further updates will be made on our website and social media channels.
Please continue to adhere to official advice to protect yourselves and others: Public Health England, and do not travel to Heritage Quay.
This is new blog series from the team at Heritage Quay where we’re going to be sharing the practical steps we’re taking to make our collections, staff and services more diverse and accessible.
This is a long-term project that we have committed to working on, so please get in touch to tell us how we are doing. It’s important to us that we are open about what’s going on.
Those of you who keep an eye on the archives sector may have seen that the last ARA conference ended very acrimoniously. This emphasised for us that it isn’t enough to say that we believe in equality and diversity in archives, we need to take concrete action to make changes.
We’ve started by drawing up a plan for the areas we think we need to work in. This gives us some ways of planning our activities and focusing our efforts.
To begin, we’ve identified some quick things we can do to lay the groundwork. This includes reading up on what other people are doing well, putting together a list of resources available to use, and mapping networks to speak to in the next phase.
That phase will involve a lot of listening and talking with those more qualified and experienced than us.
We commit to sharing the outcomes of those conversations here, and making changes in what we do. This will be a long-term project, and we are bound to get some things wrong, but we are committed to learning, openness and humility as we go. We also want to be allies to people already doing work around injustices in the sector, and offering concrete support and help to them where we can.
The archive celebrates the game from 1897 to the present day
Netball is a boom sport and now its origins and development can be traced by visitors to Heritage Quay.
It has become home to the England Netball Heritage Archive, a large
collection of documents, pictures, videos and memorabilia covering the
history of “women’s basketball” – as it was originally known – from 1897
to the present day, including recent highlights such as the exploits of
the England team, which vanquished Australia to win Gold at the 2018
Based on American basketball, netball was created in England in 1897
at the Bergman-Österberg Physical Training College for Women, in
Dartford. By 1900, the rules had been published and the game soon
spread across the British Empire.
The All England Net Ball Association was founded in 1926 and in 2016
the modern body England Netball was awarded a grant by the Heritage
Lottery Fund to mark the sport’s 90th anniversary by creating an
When the anniversary celebrations had concluded, England Netball sought advice on the best permanent home for the collection, and the UK’s National Archives recommended the University of Huddersfield’s Heritage Quay.
One of the most publicly accessible and advanced facilities in the sector, it also houses the archives of the Rugby Football League. Now it becomes even more attractive to sports historians and enthusiasts by homing the extensive England Netball Heritage Archive, which is fully catalogued online.
At a special launch event, guest speakers included Liz Nicholls CBE, a
former netball international herself who is now CEO of UK Sport.
Current England Netball CEO Joanna Adams also spoke, and there was a
welcome from the historian Professor Tim Thornton, the University of
Huddersfield’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Also speaking was Councillor
Mumtaz Hussain, the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Council.
After the opening speeches, netball enthusiasts at the launch event
were the first to have the opportunity to examine items in the archive.
Joanna Adams said: “Netball has grown massively and been thrust into
the limelight, especially over the last 12 months since the England team
won the Commonwealth Games for the first time in history. It is
wonderful to now be able to look back on how it all began thanks to this
archive, and to see how netball got to where it is today.
“I hope others enjoy sharing in the history of this sport as much as I do.”
Sarah Wickham, the University’s Archivist and Records Manager, said:
“We are delighted that England Netball have deposited their archive with
Heritage Quay. This is a significant addition to our sporting
collections. Building on netball’s recent high profile successes, we
look forward to welcoming researchers interested in exploring the
sport’s rich history, and working with England Netball to develop the
archive in the future.”