Goal Power! Women and Football

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour, Brighton Pavillion, Brighton, UK – 23 Apr 2019
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Goal Power! Women and Football

18 June – 2 October 2022

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery


Announcing a major exhibition celebrating the power of women’s football at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in 2022.


A new exhibition exploring the power of women’s football will coincide with the UK hosting the Women’s European Football Championship with Brighton & Hove as one of the nine host cities.

The tournament will build on the success of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which FIFA estimated had over one billion viewers worldwide.

The exhibition will highlight the close link between football and feminism and share stories of those who have fought for equal rights through football from the suffragettes to women and girls today.

From the first pioneers who fought established stereotypes, early football stars who drew huge crowds to games, to the Football Association’s historic ban of women’s football 100 years ago, and the game’s recovery following the FA’s gradual lifting of the ban from 1970 onwards – football is never just a game.

Curator Jody East of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust said: “Public and media attention and awareness of women’s football both nationally and locally will be higher than ever in 2022.

“It is an opportunity for the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust to be part of a city-wide celebration and inspire fans and non-fans alike with historic and contemporary stories of football as a vehicle for social activism and the fight for women’s rights and equality. “

“Football is a fiercely passionate subject that transcends simply being a ‘sport’ and can offer opportunities for social change, self-empowerment and connection, from a grassroots level. “

The show is supported by football clubs representing all levels of the women’s game from the Women’s Super League to local programmes such as those offered by Brighton Galaxy Football Academy.

The exhibition will highlight the untold stories, experiences and history of early Brighton & Hove teams including the importance of trailblazing players, managers, supporters and other passionate individuals instrumental in the resurgence of women’s football in Sussex in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

As part of the exhibition museum teams will work with local schools and young people, fans, football historians and local communities. Their personal stories of how football changed their lives and how they changed the direction of football have never been told before.

Providing historical and heritage expertise, RPMT are delighted to announce we are working with Professor Jean Williams, who has led the way on research into women’s football globally for over 20 years.

CEO of RPMT Hedley Swain said: “It’s great that Brighton & Hove will be playing a major role in the women’s Euros and right and proper that Brighton Museum should be an important part of city’s celebrations. The history of women’s football is a story of women’s rights and a fight against injustice. We look forward to telling that story”.

Notes to Editors 

For further information and images contact Caroline Sutton Press & Media Officer on caroline.sutton@rpmt.org.uk.

Professor Jean Williams One of the world’s leading historians of sport will be supporting the exhibition research and development, also helping to shape the engagement and event programme.

Her company website can be accessed here https://jjheritage.com with free resources on the history of women’s football.

Admission fee payable, Brighton & Hove residents free



Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

Tel 03000 290900

Check website for opening times and advance booking information. https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/