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The following item gives an outline of the project to create an Athletics Museum which could be located within the revised Alexander Stadium, Birmingham following the 2022 Commonwealth Games. You will see that one of the initiatives is to collect details regarding club badges. Therefore all Surrey clubs have the opportunity to contribute.

The Athletics Museum: a legacy project of AAA

In summer 2018, AAA formally identified the project of creating a museum of athletics as part of their legacy to the sport. Since then, a small team has been working to put this plan into action. The Athletics Museum (TAM) aims:

to identify, preserve and display material which tells the story of athletics

to provide an appropriate space for events which sustain and celebrate the sport of athletics

to develop resources to demonstrate the importance of athletics to local communities across the country

to show visitors that through athletics “Everyone can set a personal best”

TAM’s exhibitions, displays and activities will highlight the enormous range of stories that can be told through images, audio and video recordings, objects, and statistics about individuals of every age, ability, and background who have exceeded their own expectations through athletics. From sports days to park runs, club stalwarts to Olympic champions, TAM’s stories will show how athletics inspires our hearts, minds and bodies.

We would like to put together a directory of club badges which we can then use for displays and exhibitions, in particular using a montage of the badges to create images or words, e.g. the letters of the word ATHLETICS made up from different club badges, or the letters of ESAA made up of county badges. If you would be interesting in helping, we have three requests:

a) please send a jpeg of club badges to jlaacresearch@gmail.com

b) if the club has an unusual name, please include an explanation of this name, e.g. Leicester Coritanians are named for the local Iron Age tribe (or at least what it was thought to be called in the 19th century)

c) please include an explanation of the design of the badge, e.g. the stag on Birchfield's badge is the Mitchell & Butler stag reversed.

It would be very helpful to have the club's own explanation of all this, as this may not agree with other sources.

We would only use the image of the badge in the museum's physical displays and would seek permission from the club if we wished to use it for anything else, including any online publication of displays. The copyright to the badge and associated explanation remains with its current owner unless the museum is advised differently.

Jane Ainsworth, PhD. AAA Research Associate.