The Archive

The International Women and Sport Movement Archive is intended to be a permanent secure ‘home’ for the resources accumulated by leaders in the movement, which are publicly accessible at the University of Chichester for researchers and others interested in this work


The Archive has been recognised since May 2010 as the central repository for historical documentation about the IWG

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Continuing the long history in the education of women physical educators and sports professionals and a strong commitment to gender equality in both teaching and research

Scope and Content

Over one hundred EcopHant archival quality storage boxes are housed in the archive. In 2010, Helen Betteridge sorted and catalogued the majority of materials. The University archivist, Janet Carter, continues these efforts today.

The archive contains the correspondence, reference and research papers of Dr. Anita White, Professor Celia Brackenridge, Dr Gill Clarke, Professor Jennifer Hargreaves, Professor Helen Lenskyj, Margaret Talbot OBE and Eileen Langsley. Members of the IWG including Johanna Adriaanse, Dr Sue Neill, Etsuko Ogasawara and Sally Ryan have also donated materials.

A substantial amount of papers and policies produced by Women In Sport (previously the UK Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation) have been donated since 2013 to an already vast collection of documents.

The archive contains:

  • International publications and papers

  • UK publications and papers

  • Reference and research papers

  • Correspondence

  • Books, journals and magazines

  • Meetings and courses

  • International Bodies and Organisations

  • International publications and papers

  • Women and Sport Asia

  • ​Commonwealth Organisations

  • European Papers

  • Worldwide Organisations

  • UK Sports Organisations

  • National Government and Sport

  • Local Government and Sport

  • Advisory Organisations

  • Campaign Organisations

  • Commercial Companies and Sport

  • Leisure and Recreation Organisations

  • Research Organisations


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How to Access

View the online catalogue

Visit the Archive

Verification of identity and details of a sponsor, supervisor or referee will be required. Please note that some records may be closed.

Resources of Note


a complete IWG history (1994-2014) can be found at archive reference WS/I/1/7

donations by past-Presidents of IAPESGW can be located at WS/I/1/1 dating back to its formation in 1949


a substantial amount of material dating from 1984-2014 about WiS can be found at reference WS/UK/1/1

the origins and 1990s development of WSI can be located at reference WS/I/1/11