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As part of the Archive Awareness Campaign, Hampshire Archives is holding a football exhibition and film workshops to celebrate the game's history in the county.

The events will showcase Hampshire Archives' collection of football material, including films and photographs as well as personal and club records.   
The photographs highlight changes in kit and the personal appearance of players. For example, in some of the pictures from 100 years ago, players are sporting 'strange' moustaches which were considered fashionable and stylish at the start of last century. Other unusual photographs show motorcycle football and ladies football teams which sprang up during the First World War.

The films - ranging from the Pompey v Bolton FA Cup final of 1929, to a review of football in the South between 1982 and 1992 - reflect the changing speed and skills of the game.

The events are also a celebration of the small clubs which made up the early Hampshire leagues. With colourful names such as Fordingbridge Turks, Ringwood Hornets, Portsmouth Sunflowers, Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic and Bournemouth Arabs, the early league fixtures were a mix of mostly small town, armed forces and works teams.

The events take place on 26 and 29 August 2009. For more information, contact David Bond on 01962 846154 or email

Archive Awareness

The Archive Awareness Campaign is an ongoing celebration of all kinds of fascinating archive treasures. It celebrates and promotes local and national archives. Throughout the year, archives across the country open their doors to showcase history, hold open days and present workshops to help the public discover a piece of their own history.