Registration for 2019 Conference now open!

The International Sports Heritage Association will follow in Dorothy’s footsteps as conference attendees walk the “Yellow Brick Road to Success.”

The conference will be hosted by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 23-24. Unlike previous years where the conference was held over three days, this year it will be a two-day conference capped by An Evening of Champions Banquet.

“ISHA is compressing the conference from two half days and one full day event to two full days to maximize our time together and to respond to our member surveys,” ISHA President Bryan Morry said. “We recognize that not everyone can spend 3-4 days away from their institution and we hope this change makes travel easier. It is something we wanted to try and then see how our members respond to the change. We will re-evaluate following the conference. It’s important to note that the number of sessions remains the same. We have just tightened things up.”

Click here for the Conference Brochure with all the details on this year’s conference schedule, sessions, speakers, and how to register.

Best Practice at The British Golf Museum

Rebecca Prentice, Assistant Curator

Located beside The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course, St Andrews, the British Golf Museum is a must-see for any golf lover visiting the Home of Golf.

Caring for a collection of over 16000 items, recognised as Nationally Significant by the Scottish

Glove worn by Francesco Molinari at the 2018 Open

Government, the Museum maintains best practice in collections management and care to safeguard its objects for the future, and to continue celebrating the game’s history locally, nationally and internationally. The Museum presents the story of golf from medieval times to the present, encompassing the men’s and women’s games, British and international, amateur and professional. Collection highlights include the oldest-known set of golf clubs in the world, the first Open Gold Medal presented to Tommy Morris Jr in 1872, and the oldest footage of a golf match dating to 1894.  Museum & Heritage staff are also responsible for the care and display of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews collection.

The Museum is Accredited under the United Kingdom-wide Accreditation Scheme – required to follow Spectrum 5.0 procedures and meeting expected standards in collections management, engagement and interpretation of a nationally-styled museum.  Since 2015, the Museum has used the collections management system KE EMu to catalogue its collection, including objects, artworks, archives, library and multimedia.  Records are continually updated and refined for accuracy, to house new research and maintain terminology consistency.  A key benefit of EMu is supporting day-to-day museum practice, conservation and location control.  Pest traps are logged under an integrated pest management programme; given the volume of wood and textiles, any pest outbreak could potentially be very damaging.  Remedial conservation is outsourced to accredited ICON conservators and logged on EMu.  An 1894 portrait of Old Tom Morris, on loan from Glasgow Golf Club, was recently cleaned and repaired to reveal a much clearer picture of the ‘father of golf’.

Curators monitor environmental conditions of temperature, relative humidity [RH] and light levels. Given the breadth and depth of the collection, many items require special attention. The first Minute Book of the Society of St Andrews Golfers from 1754, laying down the Society’s thirteen Articles & Laws in Playing the Golf which form the basis of the Rules today, are displayed under low LED light levels to preserve the delicate ink and paper. The iconic trouser suit worn by Gloria Minoprio at the 1933 English Ladies Amateur Championship must be displayed under optimum conditions of RH – too high, there is a risk of mould, but too low raises the possibility of the fibres cracking.


Gloria Minoprio’s outfit at the 1933 English Ladies Championship caused quite a stir. She was the first woman to wear trousers at a major ladies’ championship. Her outfit was deemed inappropriate at the time and there was a fear that the wearing of trousers by ladies would result in a slip in standards of etiquette. Gloria’s ground-breaking fashion led to more freedom of choice for women.

Whether protecting the fragility of mid-19th century glass plate negatives; non-invasive identification of hundreds of golf balls; or the ongoing preservation of historic trophies still presented at championships today, curators seek to continually improve care of collections on display, in storage and in transit.




Eric Gillies and Josée Picard: Skate Canada Hall of Fame Inductees
Legendary coaches Eric Gillies and Josée Picard entered the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the professional category.
Gilles, from Moncton, N.B., and Picard, from Hull, Que., have coached countless skaters to national and international medals in singles, pairs and ice dance, including World Pair Champions and Olympic medallists Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and World Ice Dance Champions Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz.
Picard and Gillies were also instrumental in the development and operation of a centre combining education and sports – the first of its kind in Quebec.
Gillies was a noted Canadian ice dancer, and with partner Susan Carscallen, represented Canada at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games and captured gold at the 1977 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Picard was also a national level skater and was one of the first coaches of 2018 World Champion Kaetlyn Osmond.
Eric Gillies and Josée Picard: Entered the Skate Canada Hall of Fame (Professional Category), January 2019
Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon: Skate Canada Hall of Fame Inductees
Two-time world ice dance silver medallists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon take their rightful place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category.
Dubreuil and Lauzon, who both hail from Montreal, were one of the world’s premier ice dance teams for nearly a decade. They teamed up in 1995 and would go on to win gold at the Canadian Championships five times (2000, 2004-2007).
The duo represented Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 and 2006 and captured back-to-back silver medals at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 2006 and 2007. They also won Skate Canada International gold in 2006 and 2007.
After announcing their retirement in 2008, Dubreuil and Lauzon embarked on a successful coaching career in Montreal.
Among their protégés are 2018 Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir of Canada, three-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron of France, 2019 world bronze medallists Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue of the United States and Canadian national team members Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorensen and Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus.
Dubreuil and Lauzon were married in 2008 and currently reside in Montreal.
Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon: Entered the Skate Canada Hall of Fame (Athlete Category), May 2019