NMRD Object of the Month: Roller Derby Bout Programme

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.

July 2020

 

Roller derby dismantles what it is to be feminine. It mixes adrenaline, ferocity, the provocative and often includes cultural references and puns. This is highlighted in this bout programme by the Auld Reekie Roller Girls (now named Auld Reekie Roller Derby) which for Robert Burns night named their bout after the fishnet rash that players often get from the viciousness and friction in the game. In response to the increasing brutality of the sport, players wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards to help minimise injury. Players show off their track rash and bruises proudly as it has become a huge part of the sporting culture.

 

Roller Derby programme for "Fishnet Burns Night" featuring Auld Reekie Roller Girls' Highland Heathens vs Celtic Chaos
Roller Derby programme for “Fishnet Burns Night” featuring Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ Highland Heathens vs Celtic Chaos

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