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.

Object of the Month: July 2019Roller derby turns 10 in the UK! The oldest leagues in Europe turned ten in 2016–17 includ...
09/07/2019

Object of the Month: July 2019
Roller derby turns 10 in the UK! The oldest leagues in Europe turned ten in 2016–17 including the London Rockin' Rollers, who hosted the first intraleague game in Europe playing the Birmingham Blitz Dames in July 2007. This PuzzLRR was a commemorative puzzle book inspired by the history of LRR available at the Old School Rules Game they held for their tenth birthday in 2017.
View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/07/05/nmrd-object-of-the-month-commemorative-puzzle-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.

Object of the Month: June 2019“Roller Derby” by Catherine Mabe – the history and all-girl revival of the greatest sport ...
07/06/2019

Object of the Month: June 2019
“Roller Derby” by Catherine Mabe – the history and all-girl revival of the greatest sport on wheels, 2007, Fulcrum Publishing. View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/06/07/nmrd-object-of-the-month-roller-derby-by-catherine-mabe

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.

Object of the Month: May 2019Skate helmet donated by London Rockin' Rollers skater Deadly DeVito #0.5. View online at: w...
05/05/2019

Object of the Month: May 2019
Skate helmet donated by London Rockin' Rollers skater Deadly DeVito #0.5. View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/05/03/nmrd-object-of-the-month-roller-derby-helmet

Object of the Month: April 2019The British Roller Derby Championships grew from the End of the World Series, an interlea...
05/04/2019

Object of the Month: April 2019
The British Roller Derby Championships grew from the End of the World Series, an interleague tournament featuring six leagues from central England in 2012. The tournament was won by The Concrete Cows: Milton Keynes Roller Derby. The trophy pictured was awarded to the Vendetta Vixens. Following the EOTW, the tournament doubled in size and became the Heartlands Series for 2013–14 then launching nationally as the British Roller Derby Championships in 2015. View online at: womenslibrary.org.uk/2019/04/05/nmrd-object-of-the-month-roller-derby-tournament-trophy

A CALL FOR DONATIONS
01/04/2019

A CALL FOR DONATIONS

Established in 2012, the National Museum of Roller Derby (NMRD) is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and m...
24/03/2019

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.

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.

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!

Europe's Best Blocker - Glasgow Roller Derby's Alix Chemikill Hazard Cusick models a National Museum of Roller Derby t-s...
25/11/2012

Europe's Best Blocker - Glasgow Roller Derby's Alix Chemikill Hazard Cusick models a National Museum of Roller Derby t-shirt after leading her team the Bad Omens to victory in the 2012 home teams final.

Get your own t-shirt here. All proceeds support Glasgow Women's Library, the museum's host venue:
http://womenslibrary.org.uk/products-page/nmrd-merchandise/

25/11/2012

What's going on at the National Museum of Roller Derby? Over the next few months our brilliant host venue Glasgow Women's Library are preparing to move into their bigger, better permanent home in Glasgow. During this time, we're busy planning the future of the museum and working out ways to build our collection so that it fully represents as many UK leagues as possible.

The amazing Raw Heidi from London Rollergirls models a National Museum of Roller Derby t-shirt after winning the WFTDA T...
21/11/2012

The amazing Raw Heidi from London Rollergirls models a National Museum of Roller Derby t-shirt after winning the WFTDA Track Queens tournament in Berlin.

Get your own t-shirt here. All proceeds support Glasgow Women's Library, the museum's host venue:
http://womenslibrary.org.uk/products-page/nmrd-merchandise/

The Revolution on Roller Skates
22/09/2012

The Revolution on Roller Skates

Press Cuttings
22/09/2012

Press Cuttings

21/09/2012

Exciting day starting the installation of 'The Revolution on Roller Skates' exhibition ahead of tomorrow's opening. We're looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Roll-up! Roll-up! How exciting! The National Museum of Roller Derby t-shirts and vinyl stickers are now available to buy...
14/09/2012
National Museum of Roller Derby T-shirt | Glasgow Women's Library

Roll-up! Roll-up! How exciting! The National Museum of Roller Derby t-shirts and vinyl stickers are now available to buy online! All proceeds will help fund Glasgow Women's Library - a registered charity and brilliant home of our collection. Get yours today!

Your chance to get hold of some of the official merchandise for the new National Museum of Roller Derby collection at Glasgow Women's Library, which was founded by artist Ellie Harrison in 2012 as her contribution to the library's 20th anniversary project.

30/08/2012

It was amazing to meet London Rockin' Rollers, Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz, Leeds Roller Dolls and Sheffield Steel Rollergirls at Glasgow Roller Derby's Chaos on the Clyde last weekend. Thank you so much for all the AMAZING materials you donated to the National Museum of Roller Derby collection at Glasgow Women's Library. We're very excited to be able to help document and preserve the history of your leagues. Please help us spread the word and remember to send us new stuff from time to time!

30/08/2012

Thank you so much to Brighton Rockers Roller Derby and Granite City Roller Girls for your fantastic donations to the National Museum of Roller Derby collection. They are now safely in the archive at Glasgow Women's Library. We're very please to have you both as 'affiliated leagues'. Please help us spread the word and remember to send us new stuff from time to time!

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23 Landressy Street
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G40 1BP

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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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0141 550 2267

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