Posted: Friday 27th September 2019
Bringing Memories to Life – Hertfordshire Libraries Reminiscence Collection
“Can I have my ball back mister?”
These immortal words will have been uttered by many of us at some point during our youth. From cricket to motor racing, rugby to ice skating much enjoyment can be had from reminiscing about sports, whether you were involved with a local team or more of an ‘armchair enthusiast’. Our reminiscence resources have been developed to help prompt conversation and discussion. Browsing through them evokes memories and can bring some remarkable sporting stories to light.
Football is unsurprisingly one of the more common topics for discussion, meaning our ‘Football Through the Decades’ box is a popular choice. It contains ‘The Dauntless Amateur Football League Handbook’ from the 1945-1946 season, which makes for a fascinating read. Alongside a great motivational quote (pictured), the league’s rules and regulations are clearly explained and woe betide any club failing to, ‘commence their match within fifteen minutes of the appointed time’, as they would be fined 2s 6d!
Does a newspaper shin pad or the magic sponge evoke any memories for you? If they do you’ll enjoy these and many other nostalgic football relics and rituals in our book ‘Got, Not Got – The A-Z of Lost Football Culture,
Treasures & Pleasures’ by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke.
Our ‘A Sporting Life’ reminiscence box has a wider range of sports represented and includes a souvenir cap from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. ‘A Sporting Life in Pictures’ from Pictures to Share reminds readers of the enjoyment and sorrows experienced in a sporting life, through its selection of amusing images and words.