On 23rd of March Dr. Mike O’Mahony brought a group of undergraduate Art History students from University of Bristol to the National Football Museum (NFM) in Manchester. Mike and our guest, painter Dominic Heffer, initiated our programme of staff training by facilitating a series of informed discussions between the art history students and NFM’s collections team.


The day began with Mike’s students being given a tour of the National Football Museum as an example of a leading sports museum. Objects of particular curatorial interest were identified along the tour including Michael Brown’s huge painting of the former Manchester United player Eric Cantona represented as a risen Christ, Mohammed Al Fayed’s statue of Michael Jackson which was positioned for a period outside Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage Ground and the items below, to name a few:

C.R.W. Nevinson’s “Any Wintry Afternoon in England” (on loan from Manchester City Art Gallery)

Mike O'Mahony and Dominic Heffer

Picasso’s “Footballeur” statue (on loan from collector Mike Briere-Edney)

Picasso -

a curious, unattributed painting found in the stadium section of National Football Museum Unattributed Painting

and Mike’s favorite item, the art deco style poster by Guillermo Laborde from the (first) 1930’s World Cup Finals held in Uruguay.

1930 Uruguay Poster

See Art History – Part 2 for the second part of this day.


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