National Museum of Roller Derby

National Museum of Roller Derby Established in 2012 as the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby www.nmrd.org.uk

Established in 2012 by artist Ellie Harrison as part of Glasgow Women's Library 21 Revolutions celebrations the NMRD aims to be the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby. The collection is housed at GWL and is curated by Maulin' Rouge (GRD), Cara Viola (GRD) and Bint Imperial (ARRG) in association with staff from the Library.

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In celebration of International Women's Day on the 8th March 2020, March's Object of the Month is this brilliant book de...
01/03/2020
NMRD Object of the Month | Glasgow Women's Library

In celebration of International Women's Day on the 8th March 2020, March's Object of the Month is this brilliant book detailing the history of Roller Derby, which illustrates the role of women in this fierce contact sport since the 1930s.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2020, this book details the history of the sport of Roller Derby and helps to illustrate the inclusion of women in this fierce contact…

February’s object of the month is the Chaos on the Clyde programme for an International Roller Derby Tournament presente...
23/02/2020
NMRD Object of the Month: Chaos on the Clyde Programme | Glasgow Women's Library

February’s object of the month is the Chaos on the Clyde programme for an International Roller Derby Tournament presented by Glasgow Roller Derby on 25th & 26th August 2012.

February’s object of the month is the Chaos on the Clyde programme for an International Roller Derby Tournament presented by Glasgow Roller Derby on 25th & 26th August 2012. It features six of…

January’s object of the month is a sleeveless GRD top. The Glasgow league was rebranded as Glasgow Roller Derby (rather ...
23/02/2020
NMRD Object of the Month: Glasgow Roller Derby T-shirt | Glasgow Women's Library

January’s object of the month is a sleeveless GRD top. The Glasgow league was rebranded as Glasgow Roller Derby (rather than Glasgow Roller Girls) in 2012 to reflect the athletic direction and ambitions of the club and to be more inclusive of all gender identities.

January’s object of the month is a sleeveless GRD top. The Glasgow league was rebranded as Glasgow Roller Derby rather than Glasgow Roller Girls in 2012 to reflect the athletic direction and ambitions…

06/01/2020

BBC Scotland documentary showcasing Scotland's thriving Roller Derby scene

Object of the Month: December 2019Five Years book (featuring Playworld exhibition), 2017. Items from the National Museum...
18/12/2019

Object of the Month: December 2019
Five Years book (featuring Playworld exhibition), 2017. Items from the National Museum of Roller Derby featured in an exhibition called Playworld at NN Contemporary Art in Northampton. Curated by skater Rebel Rebel #15, the project worked with the then two Northamptonshire leagues - Shoetown Slayers and Vendetta Vixens - to select items from the museum to display and resulted in a number of items being donated to the museum. View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/12/06/nmrd-object-of-the-month-five-years-book/

Established in 2012, the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.

In 2016, to celebrate our new permanent home in Glasgow Women's Library's new Bridgeton HQ, we bring you an ‘Object of the Month’ from our ever expanding collections.

We want your old team shirts, flyers, zines and other paraphernalia to illustrate the remarkable development of the sport in the UK. Keep an eye on our page for future announcements on how to donate items to the Museum.

Photos taken by London Rockin' Rollers' Rebel Rebel #15 (aka Catherine Hemelryk) with thanks to Joe Brown & Luke Harby.

Don't miss this new documentary 'Hidden Lives: Roller Derby' all about Scotland's thriving Roller Derby scene 📺 It'll be...
09/11/2019

Don't miss this new documentary 'Hidden Lives: Roller Derby' all about Scotland's thriving Roller Derby scene 📺 It'll be screened on BBC Scotland this Thursday 14th November, 8:30pm, so tune in!

Object of the Month: November 2019Game programme from British Championships Southern division triple header hosted by Br...
04/11/2019

Object of the Month: November 2019
Game programme from British Championships Southern division triple header hosted by Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 2015. The participating teams were Brighton Rockers vs London Rockin’ Rollers, Bristol Roller Derby vs Royal Windsor Roller Girls and Portsmouth Roller Wenches vs Seaside Sirens Roller Girls. View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/11/01/nmrd-object-of-the-month-roller-derby-game-programme

Established in 2012, the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.

In 2016, to celebrate our new permanent home in Glasgow Women's Library's new Bridgeton HQ, we bring you an ‘Object of the Month’ from our ever expanding collections.

We want your old team shirts, flyers, zines and other paraphernalia to illustrate the remarkable development of the sport in the UK. Keep an eye on our page for future announcements on how to donate items to the Museum.

Photos taken by London Rockin' Rollers' Rebel Rebel #15 (aka Catherine Hemelryk) with thanks to Joe Brown & Luke Harby.

A CALL FOR DONATIONS
01/04/2019

A CALL FOR DONATIONS

We're making history! We need you! In 2018 we’re building the National Museum of Roller Derby collection by calling for ...
08/09/2018

We're making history! We need you! In 2018 we’re building the National Museum of Roller Derby collection by calling for donations of materials from leagues all over Scotland and beyond. Please contact us to discuss what you might be able to contribute: [email protected]

08/09/2018
Glasgow Women's Library

Here's a sneak peak into the National Museum of Roller Derby archive at Glasgow Women's Library. Come in and visit us!

Artist Ellie Harrison, who founded the National Museum of Roller Derby as her contribution to our 21 Revolutions project, tells us about her connection to GWL.

Ellie Harrison
National Museum of Roller Derby

Object of the Month: September 2016First issue of Inside Line magazine, September 2011Founded, edited and produced by Je...
16/09/2016

Object of the Month: September 2016
First issue of Inside Line magazine, September 2011
Founded, edited and produced by Jessica Rammit, roller derby athlete and graphic designer, the first issue of Inside Line magazine was published in September 2011. The 48 page magazine was in production for four years, and the 16th issue was the final issue published in June 2015. Read more at: www.womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/09/16/nmrd-object-of-the-month-first-issue-of-inside-line-magazine

Object of the Month: July 2016Two Northamptonshire Roller Derby teams shirts, Shoetown Slayers & Vendetta Vixens. The te...
08/07/2016

Object of the Month: July 2016
Two Northamptonshire Roller Derby teams shirts, Shoetown Slayers & Vendetta Vixens. The teams came together to contribute items to and help select from the National Museum of Roller Derby collection for the Playworld exhibition at NN Contemporary Art in 2014 www.womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/07/08/nmrd-object-of-the-month-team-shirts

Object of the Month: June 2016Sheffield Steel Rollergirls Calendar and flyers, 2012. womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/06/10/nmr...
13/06/2016

Object of the Month: June 2016
Sheffield Steel Rollergirls Calendar and flyers, 2012. womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/06/10/nmrd-object-of-the-month-sheffield-steel-rollergirls-calendar-and-flyers

Object of the Month: May 2016Double Header bout programme, mixed teams from Dundee Roller Girls, Fair City Rollers, Gran...
13/05/2016

Object of the Month: May 2016
Double Header bout programme, mixed teams from Dundee Roller Girls, Fair City Rollers, Granite City Roller Derby and Fierce Valley Roller Girls plus first co-ed bout in Scotland with mixed teams from Dundee Roller Girls and The Jakey Bites (Scottish Men's Roller Derby), 8th September 2012 womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/05/13/nmrd-object-of-the-month-double-header-bout-programme

Object of the Month: April 2016Anarchy in the UK original tournament programme: London Rollergirls, Montreal Roller Derb...
15/04/2016

Object of the Month: April 2016
Anarchy in the UK original tournament programme: London Rollergirls, Montreal Roller Derby, Charm City Roller Girls, Steel City Roller Derby, 9th-10th April 2011. Anarchy was the first WFTDA fully sanctioned tournament to happen in the UK. It was hosted by London Rollergirls, who celebrate their 10th birthday this month womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/04/15/nmrd-object-of-the-month-anarchy-in-the-uk

Object of the Month: March 2016Turn Left, unofficial Brighton Rockers Roller Derby fanzine, 9th March 2013 womenslibrary...
11/03/2016

Object of the Month: March 2016
Turn Left, unofficial Brighton Rockers Roller Derby fanzine, 9th March 2013 womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/03/11/nmrd-object-of-the-month-turn-left

Object of the Month: February 2016Jailhouse Block poster, Leeds Roller Dolls vs Auld Reekie Roller Girls, 14th February ...
12/02/2016

Object of the Month: February 2016
Jailhouse Block poster, Leeds Roller Dolls vs Auld Reekie Roller Girls, 14th February 2010 womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/02/12/nmrd-object-of-the-month-jailhouse-block-poster

Object of the Month: January 2016A pair of Glasgow t-shirts from 2007 (top) and 2012 after the league's name change to G...
29/01/2016

Object of the Month: January 2016
A pair of Glasgow t-shirts from 2007 (top) and 2012 after the league's name change to Glasgow Roller Derby (bottom). Donated to the National Museum of Roller Derby by its founder CH£AP SKATE #79 (aka artist Ellie Harrison) womenslibrary.org.uk/2016/01/29/nmrd-object-of-the-month

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! Lets make the #Suffragette Oak Scotland's Tree of the Year.Voting closes Sunday.
09/10/2015

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! Lets make the #Suffragette Oak Scotland's Tree of the Year.Voting closes Sunday.

There's still time to celebrate the Suffragette Oak with the Scottish Tree of the Year competition! Wouldn't it be lovely if the Suffragette Oak were granted this accolade?

Voting closes soon: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-of-the-year/scotland/

Please vote and share!

Glasgow Women's Library's '21 Revolutions' exhibition continues to tour, this time to Platform Easterhouse. The show inc...
13/11/2014
Upcoming Events | 21 Stars in the East | Glasgow Women's Library

Glasgow Women's Library's '21 Revolutions' exhibition continues to tour, this time to Platform Easterhouse. The show includes the film of Ellie Harrison's speech at the launch of the National Museum of Roller Derby, which began as part of the library's '21 Revolutions' project in 2012. View the film again here: www.vimeo.com/ellieharrison/nmrd

Our well-travelled 21 Revolutions exhibition will have its premiere in the East this winter. Platform is one of our most beloved local partner and we are looking forward to having our beautiful 21 Revolutions exhibition adorn the walls of this beacon of arts in the East. If you have never before vis…

Photo: MDP images
03/11/2014

Photo: MDP images

Photos from the National Museum of Roller Derby exhibition at the UKRDA conference in Warwick last month curated by London Rockin' Rollers' 'Rebel Rebel' with item from the Glasgow Women's Library collection

Check out the 2nd part of Kevin 'Kevlar' Dennison's brilliant series about the National Museum of Roller Derby for Canad...
10/08/2014
Flat Track Heritage Part Two: Nothampton's Playworld Exhibit and the Derbyverse

Check out the 2nd part of Kevin 'Kevlar' Dennison's brilliant series about the National Museum of Roller Derby for Canada's Derby Frontier blog, featuring an interview with Catherine Hemelryk, aka London Rockin' Rollers' 'Rebel Rebel', curator of the new Playworld exhibition at NN Contemporary Art in Northampton (UK).

Written by Kevin Dennison Wow! Though it was not my intention at all, what began as a interview to promote a new roller derby exhibit in Northampton, England, has evolved into a kind of preliminary...

Collections from the National Museum of Roller Derby are on loan to NN Contemporary Art in Northampton as part of an exh...
23/07/2014
Playworld - NN Contemporary Art Northampton

Collections from the National Museum of Roller Derby are on loan to NN Contemporary Art in Northampton as part of an exhibition called Playworld. The items have been selected by the project curator Catherine Hemelryk and skater with the London Rockin' Rollers with members of the two Nothamptonshire leagues the Northampton's Shoetown Slayers Roller Derby team and Vendetta Vixens.

The project opens to the public on 25 July at 6pm and is open until 21 September 2014, all welcome!

http://www.nncontemporaryart.org/exhibitions/playworld/

Ellie Harrison, Phillip Marsden, SeeNN, Jamie Shovlin Opening night, 25 July 2014, 6pm?8pm. All welcome. Playworld is a group exhibition featuring arti...

Here's a brilliant piece by Kevin 'Kevlar' Dennison for Canada's Derby Frontier blog, about the history of the National ...
23/07/2014
Flat Track Heritage Part One: Scotland's National Museum of Roller Derby

Here's a brilliant piece by Kevin 'Kevlar' Dennison for Canada's Derby Frontier blog, about the history of the National Museum of Roller Derby and the need to document women's vital role in the development of the sport. Parts 2 and 3 coming soon...

Written by Kevin Dennison I stumbled across the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) just a couple of weeks ago while scouring the web for a new, unique topic to address and was immediately taken...

16/12/2013
21 Revolutions

21 Revolutions, the project that lead to the creation of the National Museum of Roller Derby, is about to become a book, and Glasgow Women's Library is running a Kickstarter to raise the money needed to publish it.

A stunning book featuring creative responses by 42 women artists and writers to Glasgow Women’s Library’s archive and collection

13/08/2013

Glasgow Women's Library - the brilliant host for the National Museum of Roller Derby collection - are still waiting for the keys to their new permanent home in Glasgow's Bridgeton Library building. But we should be finally moving in this September! So, watch this space for further updates soon!

Leeds Roller Dolls are featured in the January issue of DIVA magazine - great pics and story
30/01/2013

Leeds Roller Dolls are featured in the January issue of DIVA magazine - great pics and story

12/01/2013

Happy New Year everyone! Our brilliant host venue Glasgow Women's Library is moving to its new permanent premises in the Bridgeton Library building this February. Exciting times :) If you're in Glasgow (Glasgow Roller Derby / Glasgow Roller Recruits) and have any spare time to help us with the move, please email us at [email protected] Help would be much appreciated!

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Looking to donate to the collection? Please email us at: [email protected] If you would like to access the NMRD, please note that the collection is accessible by appointment. Email [email protected] to arrange.

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Established in 2012 by artist Ellie Harrison as part of Glasgow Women's Library 21st Anniversary celebrations, the NMRD is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby. The collection is housed at GWL and is curated by Rebel Rebel (London Rockin’ Rollers) in association with other volunteers and staff from the Library.

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