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National Football Museum
Deepdale Stadium
Sir Tom Finney Way

Telephone: 01772 711600
Fax: 01772 908433
Email: enquiries@nationalfootballmuseum.com

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Overview of collections

The museum's aim is to develop the 'finest and most significant collection of objects and associated evidence connected with the development of football around the world.' English football and England's role in the development of football throughout the world are the particular focuses of collecting. The museum holds a substantial collection of objects representing the history of English Association Football in a worldwide context. The core collection is formed around the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Collection, considered the finest and most significant collection of football history worldwide in the public domain.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The permanent displays are designed so that they can be altered and updated at the beginning of each new football season and are divided into two main parts. 'The First Half' introduces the history of the game and presents a chronological development through links with major social history events of each decade over the last 150 years. 'The Second Half' on the upper floor is a themed, hands-on exhibition area based primarily on interactives and IT. There is an adjacent art gallery, which includes works commissioned by the museum. Additionally, the Special Exhibitions Gallery is used to present changing temporary exhibitions featuring different aspects of football. Future displays will focus on the world Cup 2002, 140th Anniversary of the FA in 2003 and the centenary of FIFA in 2004.

Star Objects at this location

The FIFA Museum Collection; Replica of the FA Cup; crossbar from the 1966 World Cup game; 'Discorso Sopra Il Giuoco Del Calcio' published in 1580 in Florence and considered the world's oldest book on football; jersey and cap from the world's first official international football match in 1872;
international caps and other items relating to both Sir Stanley Matthews and Sir Tom Finney; an 1889 FA Cup Final Winner's Medal; a Preston North end gatebook of 1884, Footbal League Championship trophies and shields; Wembley stadium foundation stone and original 1923 seating and turnstile.
Collection Descriptions
Archives Collection (National Football Museum)
In addition to the museum collections, there is a developing collection of supporting research material held in the m...
Social History Collection (National Football Museum)
The museum holds a substantial collection of objects representing the history of English Association Football in a wo...

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