National Museum of Roller Derby

Roller derby is an exciting, innovative sport that has been pioneered by women and gathered a loyal following in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Seeing the parallels between the Women’s Liberation Movement and the Roller Derby scene inspired artist Ellie Harrison to found the National Museum of Roller Derby as her contribution to 21 Revolutions.

Ellie Harrison at the launch of the 'National Museum of Roller Derby'

Ellie Harrison at the launch of the ‘National Museum of Roller Derby’ in 2012, part of 21 Revolutions

The Museum was launched in June 2012 and the Museum’s contents have been growing slowly but surely. Its holdings include:

  • Sports equipment including helmets, wrist sweat bands and roller skate accessories
  • Bout programmes from teams including Glasgow Roller Derby League, London Rockin’ Roller Girls, Leeds Roller Girls and many more
  • A nurses’ uniform worn by a roller derby girl during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012
  • Roller derby influenced publications including Inline.

NMRD logo

As well as launching the collection, Ellie Harrison designed a logo for the NMRD – T-shirts and stickers featuring the logo are available in the GWL Shop, and every penny raised goes towards supporting the work of GWL.