Founded in 1893, the Badminton Association, later Badminton Association of England, then BADMINTON England has accumulated a considerable amount of Badminton Memorabilia. The Museum is indebted to Herbert and Betty Scheele, Humphrey Chilton and Heather Nielsen who were the first people to realise the importance of this material to the history of the game, and extracted much useful information. In 1994 Margaret Cook was invited to become Archivist, and she was jointed by Jill Brill in 1997. A committee of volunteers was set up in 2003 and the National Badminton Museum was launched later in that year.
The Museum receives no guaranteed income. Some of the display cabinets have been donated, and the purchase of others was assisted by a grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation. The Museum is anxious to expand the collection of memorabilia, books and documents, and to make these items readily accessible to all. To this end it wishes to establish the ‘FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL BADMINTON MUSEUM’, which will enable badminton enthusiasts and supporters to contribute towards the growth and development of the Museum.
The subscriptions, annual £5,00, ten year £40.00 or Life £125.00 will entitle the member to an escorted tour of the Museum (by appointment), assistance with any queries about the history of badminton, and an annual newsletter. Friends of the Museum are invited to view the exhibits that are based in the National Badminton Centre at any time when the NBC is open – the Museum Office is open by appointment only. You are invited to complete the attached form and return it to the Museum office.
Gift Aid – if you pay income tax in the United Kingdom (including tax deducted on any wages or salaries under PAYE rules) or capital gains tax, equal to the amount the charity is claiming in the tax year in which the donation is made, currently we may claim 28% of that donation from the Inland Revenue.
Please click here to download the form and post back to the museum.
Please click here to download the County Associations form and post back to the museum.