Levick Boyd Archive for Women’s Lacrosse

The recently-established Levick Boyd Archive for women’s lacrosse is now well and truly operational. Check out this LINKMembers and friends of the women’s game – especially the new 1st Home network – are invited to send items from their lacrosse past and to donate funds to support research and development of the Archive (see Note below).

uob-logoJim Calder, author of the new book on the history of women’s lacrosse kindly raised £1350 for the LBA from a sales levy and an auction at the 2015 U19 World Cup. You can assist by identifying players who appear in historical team photographs going back to the 1920s. We plan to post some pictures onto the LBA website in the near future and would be very pleased to receive information about these.

We are hoping to receive some memorabilia about the women’s game from Hattersleys who ceased production of the old wooden sticks in 2014. We have taken possession of donated items from the following:

English Lacrosse – complete records from the AEWLA up to its merger with the ELU

Audrey Murray Levick, AELLA Founder – personal papers relating to the game
Lyn Spackman (Midlands/Wales)
Elisabeth Carling (England)
Celia Brackenridge (South/England) – scrapbooks, photos and pins
Penny Kent (nee Bevan) (East/England)
Ann Allen (nee Barling)
Margaret Louise O’Keefe (South)
Vivien Jones (South/Wales – entire collection of uniforms, equipment, videos etc.
Betty Gorrie (South/England)
Judy Gorrie (South/England)
Jane Martindale (Midlands/England)

… and also hold copies of films from the 1934 tour to the USA.

Various projects linked to the archive are underway or planned including:

  • preparing a mobile exhibition to display at the 2017 World Cup at Guildford
  • listing all players for England throughout the history of the sport
  • identifying those in old team photographs
  • preparing a merchandising plan with old images in order to fundraise
  • preparing a descriptive transcript of the 1934 films
  • seeking support from overseas players to internationalise the collection

The long term plan for the LBA is to:

  • develop the archive into a living history of the game that will endure as a record of its social and sporting heritage;
  • undertake an analysis of missing documents and seek copies from past players and supporters;
  • extend and catalogue the collection;
  • fundraise to support the admin and research costs of this work;
  • edit the film material (volunteers with IT and editing skills please step forward);
  • support research by schoolchildren, students and visiting scholars who have an interest in the history of the women’s game.

Thanks for your help with preserving the history of women’s lacrosse.

Celia Brackenridge OBE (South and England 1968-82)
Interim Convenor, LBA


We welcome items from former players, coaches and administrators of any materials or memorabilia associated with women’s lacrosse, including:

  • committee papers, minutes and reports
  • photos, films, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs and DVDs
  • magazines, scrapbooks, team programmes and lists
  • badges, items of uniform or equipment
  • any other personal items and/or recollections

For space reasons, please try to limit any items to fit boxes of these dimensions: 29cm wide x 11cm deep x 43cm long. Also, before sending anything, kindly check with that she does not already hold duplicates of your items. It would be helpful if you would include a list of the items, noting the provenance of each if possible, and identifying who, if anyone, owns the copyright. Packages (no clips, pins or plastic sleeves please) should be mailed to: Karen Davies, BPE Archive, University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, Beds, MK41 9EA. You are welcome to visit the LBA by appointment. Finally, we also welcome financial donations. These should be made by cheque, payable to ‘BPEOSA’, with a note attached to explain that it is for LBA. You will be sent a receipt.

Archive Footage of Great Britain vs. USA in 1975

USA Women’s Lacrosse 1975 first half from donald ambroziak on Vimeo.

USA Women’s Lacrosse vs Great Britain 1975 second half from donald ambroziak on Vimeo.

Read the full US Lacrosse magazine article about the tour here: LINK

Image Credit: St Leonards School 1896