To celebrate the world premiere of The Invincibles, we are delighted to showcase a unique exhibition telling the story of 150 years of women’s football. A world-class collection of memorabilia, the exhibition explores the development of women’s football from the Victorian era to the Women’s World Cup of 2023.
Rare and distinctive items dating from the turn of the century to present day are on display, including items from the women’s football legend Lizzy Ashcroft Collection and her grandson Steve’s personal collection which is packed with culturally significant artefacts.
You will have the chance to touch and smell the leather of vintage football boots and balls, take a peek inside match day programmes from across the decades and enjoy reading from our loaned library of women’s football books in the café.
In spite of repeated English FA bans on women’s football, the game has flourished through the decades. This exhibition highlights the skill and determination of women like Carmen Pomies, Lizzy Ashcroft and Lily Parr, who blazed a trail for women’s football playing for the famous Dick Kerr Ladies, celebrating their achievements and those of our Lionesses today.
Known as the Dagenham Invincibles, Sterling Ladies are the greatest women’s football team of World War One. Over two whirlwind seasons they will never lose a game. Yet in 1919, the factory girls hang up their boots and triumphs fade into obscurity…In 2023 their war-cry is heard in the roar of the Lionesses. The world has changed, yet the Women’s World Cup evokes The Invincibles joyous spirit. For Hornchurch teenager Maya, it’s the event of the summer.