Collections

Collections

Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum collection

The National Sports Museum’s exhibitions feature items from a variety of different collections. However, the primary collection is the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum (AGOSOM) collection.

Established by the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1984 and owned by the MCG Trust, the theme of the Olympic Games has always been central to the AGOSOM collection and in 1989 permission was granted by the International Olympic Committee to add “and Olympic Museum” to the original ‘AGOS’ title.

The AGOSOM collection collects objects relating to Australian participation at (or involvement in) the various incarnations of the Olympic / Paralympic movements.

Three specific types of Olympic/ Paralympic material are acquired for the AGOSOM collection as a priority:

• Objects that relate to the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, for which Melbourne was the host city.
• Objects that relate to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, for which Sydney was the host city.
• Objects that relate to Australian athletes who have achieved success or fame at any incarnations of the Olympic / Paralympic movements.

Resources

Photographic images and moving footage

Listed below are a range of organisations and resources that may be able to assist in providing resources or information relating to sporting heritage.

Image resources

Research services and information

Cricket statistics

Commonwealth Games

Olympic Games

Frequently asked questions

I have an object I want to donate or loan. Would the National Sports Museum want it?

The National Sports Museum collects objects relating to all sports played in Australia or by Australians, and welcomes donations of relevant and suitable objects.

Donating an object to the National Sports Museum is the permanent transfer of ownership of the object to National Sports Museum Limited.

Once the donation process is complete, objects then become available for use in exhibitions or for research by appointment.

All donated material is cared for to professional museum standards, and we ensure that the donors are appropriately acknowledged.

Please read the National Sports Museum Collection Policy for more information.

The National Sports Museum also maintains and displays the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum (AGOSOM) collection owned by the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust. The AGOSOM collects items relating to Australia’s involvement in the Olympic movement.

Please read the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum Collection Policy for more information.

If you’d like to donate something to us, please send us an email or letter outlining what object(s) you would like to donate including as much detail as possible – for example:

• A description and photograph of the object(s).
• A summary of the history or significance of the object(s), such as who used it, and when.
• The name and contact details of the current legal owner of the object(s).
• The current location of the object(s).

Please do not send the object(s)!

Email: collections@nsm.org.au

Post:
Collections Unit
Membership and Heritage Department
National Sports Museum
PO Box 175
East Melbourne VIC 8002
Australia

Once we receive your email or letter we will acknowledge receipt with a return email or letter.

Your offer will be reviewed by our collections staff, who will assess the material on offer and contact you to discuss the donation.

The NSM only borrows material specifically for exhibition purposes. As such we prefer not to accept material on loan, only to have it housed in our collection store indefinitely.

However, we would encourage you to send us details about the objects you would be interested in loaning to us so that we may contact you in the instance that we do review our current exhibitions, or undertake the development of a new display.

 

How is a loan different to a donation?

All loans currently accepted into the Collection have been sourced specifically for exhibition purposes. As such we prefer not to accept material on loan, only to have it housed in our Collection store indefinitely.

However, we would encourage you to send us details about the objects you would be interested in loaning to us so that we may contact you in the instance that we do review our current exhibitions, or undertake the development of a new display.

Alternatively, you may wish to considerer the donation of your object(s) to the Collection (see above).

All donated material is cared for (in perpetuity) to the highest museum standards, and we ensure that the donors are permanently acknowledged as the original owner/s.

Further to this, whenever an object from the Collection is on display, the donor would be notified and where possible it would be listed as ‘Kindly donated by ____________’, or however you may wish it attributed.

Once in the Collection, objects then become available for research and display.

Can you tell me how much my object is worth?

 

The National Sports Museum is unable to provide formal or informal valuations on objects.

Contact information for valuers can be found in PDF format at the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program website.

The Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.

I have an object that is damaged and needs some work. Can you do it?

The National Sports Museum does not undertake conservation work. The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) (Inc.) is the professional body for conservators in Australia.

According to the AICCM, conservation is:

“…a highly technical task based on knowledge of the structure and chemistry of the materials involved. It includes preventative action through the creation of a safe environment for storage and display and treatments to stabilise and repair objects. Where needed restoration techniques are employed to enhance the aesthetic nature while preserving the historical integrity of the item.”

The AICCM website has a listing of conservators trained in material conservation who may be able to undertake conservation work for you.

They can be contacted on (02) 6100 8618 or email secretariat@aiccm.org.au

Can I use the National Sports Museum for research?

Yes. Under the management of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) the NSM shares resources with the MCC Library, MCC Archives, MCC Museum and Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum.

Access to these holdings for research purposes is by appointment only and service charges may be applicable, depending on the nature of the request.

The MCC Library may be contacted at library@mcc.org.au.

For access to the MCC Archives and any of the Museum collections, please contact collections@nsm.org.au.