2000 years of hockey celebrated in Kettering!

Published: Friday, 21st December 2018

Team meet Kettering’s Roman Hockey Player at Manor House Museum

Players from Kettering’s award winning Hockey Club visited Kettering’s Manor House Museum this week to see a precious archaeological artefact of a Roman hockey player, believed to be from 43AD-410 AD. The object, which was discovered in Kettering, is currently on loan from the British Museum as part of the Local Treasures exhibition.

Kettering Hockey Club brought along players from a selection of teams to show them how the sport has featured in local history. The club has recently won Kettering Borough and Northamptonshire's Club of the Year as well as England Hockey's National Club of the Year for their success on and off the pitch.

The Kettering Hockey Player is an intriguing figure depicted on a mould, which was used to apply decoration to pottery.  It is the only known example from Roman Britain and forms part of the collection at the British Museum.

The Local Treasures exhibition runs until 12th January 2019, and also displays a 1500-year-old necklace and a mysterious mirror that were originally discovered in Desborough. Alongside these three world-class objects are over 100 items from the Manor House Museum’s own collection.

This exciting project is possible due to a successful bid to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund which resulted in a grant of £20,000. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, this fund supports the sharing of art and objects that are held in national collections with wider audiences.

Barry Coe, Vice Chairman of Kettering Hockey Club, said: "Kettering HC are delighted to be able to help highlight the work of Manor House Museum and especially see how a Roman artefact can be linked with modern day activities. This was a great opportunity for our members, young and not so young, to visit Manor House Museum and see the great collection of works on display there."

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “This exhibition has been a major success, and I’d urge anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to make sure they don’t miss out. The British Museum loans are terrific. I was also really impressed by the items from our own collection – my congratulations to staff and volunteers who have made this happen and have inspired pride in Kettering’s rich history. I would also like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund for their support.”