A century of British ski history has been catalogued and preserved for future generations.

The Ski Club of Great Britain and De Montfort University officially presented the Ski Club Collection in a ceremony at the University on 15 March. The collection of books, trophies, artworks and other artefacts, which had been housed at the Ski Club’s headquarters for over a century, charts a rich history of Britain’s love affair with winter sports.

The re-homing of the archive became a necessity following the Ski Club's decision to move to new premises. Fortunately, De Montfort University offered the ideal new home for the collection in their International Centre for Sports History and Culture.

The Ski Club archive joins other collections such as the Special Olympics and England Boxing and is in the process of being catalogued, restored and archived correctly. At De Montfort University the Ski Club items will be made available for academic research as well as public viewing.

Ski Club of Great Britain Treasurer, Ian Holt, said:

‘There really is no better place for the Ski Club archive than the world-renowned centre for archiving and sports history here at De Montfort University. Over the past few months we’ve been extremely impressed with the care and attention to detail from the team here, and the passion they have for preserving and sharing this fantastic resource for future generations.’

Professor Martin Polley, Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University added:

'Sports history is one of De Montfort's unique academic strengths, with the International Centre for Sports History and Culture providing a focus for research and teaching, and the Special Collections developing as a specialist archive for the subject. We are delighted that the Ski Club's collection has come here, and we look forward to working with researchers and students on this significant set of materials.'