NMRD Object of the Month

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. In 2016, to celebrate our new permanent home in Glasgow Women’s Library’s new Bridgeton HQ, we bring you an ‘Object of the Month’ 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 Catheine Hemelryk) with thanks to Joe Brown & Luke Harby

GRD v Vagine Regime Bout Programme

NMRD Object of the Month: Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime Bout Programme

At its most base roots, roller derby has gender and LGBT+ policies that are the most progressive in any sport. It is a grassroots sport that welcomes all identities. The Vagine Regime is a community within this sport that has taken off and spread all across the world, from North America, to the U.K., and to Australia.

image showing the Sheffield Steel Roller Girls postcards and ephemera

NMRD Object of the Month: Sheffield Steel Roller Girls Postcards

team names can often adopt puns hinting at local cultural references. Bouts and competitions also use cultural references in their names. This highlights the empowering nature of roller derby.
How many references and puns can you spot?

a design by the Severn Roller Torrent showcasing the artistic element of the sport and the 'boutfits' of the players

NMRD Object of the Month: Severn Roller Torrent Artwork

The combination of wearing provocative ’boutfits’ and playing a fierce and violent contact sport helps to challenge gender binary assumptions and heteronormative roles. It shows that women do not need to chose between being sexy and tough. They can be both.
However, in an effort to break the mould and transform from a fun league to a professional one, many teams today are ditching the ‘boutfits’ for more professional and athletic uniforms.

A book about the history of the sport of Roller Derby including its origins in North America through to the present day.

NMRD Object of the Month

In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2020, this book details the history of the sport of Roller Derby and helps to illustrate the inclusion of women in this fierce contact sport since the 1930s. Female-led, the sport gained traction in the UK for its punk-rock aesthetic, pop-culture references, inclusivity, and fierce bouts.

Chaos on the Clyde programme in colour print of yellow and blue

NMRD Object of the Month: Chaos on the Clyde Programme

February’s object of the month is the Chaos on the Clyde programme for an International Roller Derby Tournament presented by Glasgow Roller Derby on 25th & 26th August 2012. It features six of Europe’s best roller derby teams from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Stuttgart.

Five Years book interior pages featuring Playworld exhibition, with a photo of a roller derby helmet covered in stickers from the NMRD collection

NMRD Object of the Month: Five Years book

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. December 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is the Five Years book, featuring the Playworld exhibition which featured items from the NMRD collection.

Game programme from the British Championships Southern division triple header hosted by Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 2015. This side of the programme is a fold-out poster with an illustration of two clashing roller derby players, with the text 'British Roller Derby Championships' across the centre.

NMRD Object of the Month: Roller Derby Game Programme

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. November 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is a game programme from the British Championships Southern division.

Lil Rollers colouring book cover, featuring a gleeful young roller derby player leaping with her arms out.

NMRD Object of the Month: Lil Rollers Colouring Book

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. October 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is the Lil Rollers Colouring Book.

Get Lower! zine front cover, with the title 'Get LOWER!: tales of a roller derby rookie' in a speech buble, and a background of roller skates, hearts and lightning flashes. The zine is printed in black and white.

NMRD Object of the Month: Get Lower! zine

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. September 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is Get Lower!, a zine about derby life created by rookie skater Dorothy Damage.