NMRD Object of the Month: Sheffield Steel Roller Girls Postcards

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. Our ‘Object of the Month’ celebrates objects 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 the Facebook page for future announcements on how to donate items to the Museum.

Photos taken by Rebel Rebel #15 (aka Catherine Hemelryk) with thanks to Joe Brown & Luke Harby.

 

May 2020

Roller Derby dismantles what it is to be ‘feminine’. It mixes adrenaline and ferocity with the provocative. A lot of the names enjoy punk-rock counter-culture references and sexuality puns. Similarly, team names and bouts and competitions can often adopt puns hinting at local cultural references. This highlights the empowering nature of roller derby.

How many references and puns can you spot?

image showing the Sheffield Steel Roller Girls postcards and ephemera
Sheffield Steel Roller Girls postcards depicting different famous films, television and pop culture references

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