National Museum of Roller Derby – In Scotland!

Press Release from the National Museum of Roller Derby.
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On 14 June 2012, Mistress Malicious – the cofounder of the UK’s fourth ever roller derby league, Glasgow Roller Girls – cut the red tape to officially launch the ‘National Museum of Roller Derby’ project at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Initiated by artist Ellie Harrison (who is also training with Glasgow Roller Derby) and endorsed by UKRDA, the ‘National Museum of Roller Derby’ (NMRD) will be the UK’s first permanent public archive of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.

In the presence of library regulars and roller girls alike, the event on 14 June celebrated the first of many donations of materials – bout programmes, photos, press cuttings and more – which will form the foundations of the new museum’s collection.

Over the summer months, the NMRD hopes to build its collection by working with UKRDA to make connections with leagues all over the country. Offering a safe place in an accredited museum environment where materials relating to their different histories can be preserved for posterity.

On 25-26 August the NMRD will make its first public outing at the Chaos on the Clyde tournament at Glasgow’s Kelvinhall, where its stall will welcome more donations from those leagues taking part and from fans who are keen to get involved.

Library archivists will be on hand to meet roller girls and record their personal stories.
Then 22 September 2012 sees the launch of The Revolution on Roller Skates – the first public exhibition at the library of materials donated to the new museum. Curated by members of Glasgow Roller Derby and Auld Reekie Roller Girls – Cara Viola, Maulin’ Rouge and Bint Imperial – the exhibition will offer an insight into the fast-andfurious first years of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby in the UK, since it arrived from The States in 2006.

The Revolution on Roller Skates
Opening Event: Saturday 22 September 2012, 14:00 – 16:00
Exhibition Dates: 22 September – 13 October 2012
Opening Times: Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 16:30 (or by appointment)
National Museum of Roller Derby
Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7BW

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