Pele and Pickles: National Football Museum and Google launch A History of the World Cup in 24 Objects

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 June 2014

Inspect a shirt from nearly 150 years ago in the National Football Museum's Google-backed World Cup show

A photo of a museum full of football artefacts
A knockout for football fans in Manchester© National Football Museum
A shirt worn in the world’s first international game, in 1872, and the plastic vuvuzelas that earwormed their way across the 2010 South African World Cup are a couple of the highlights from the National Football Museum’s 24-exhibit rocket through footballing history.

A photo of a golden trophy
The cherished Jules Rimet trophy© National Football Museum
Made in one of the UK’s first Google Open galleries, fans can inspect each artefact in impressive detail. Football writer David Goldblatt and collaborators the International Centre for Sports History and Culture picked the objects.

“David is one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable football authors around,” says David Pearson, the museum’s Deputy Director.

“It was fantastic to have him working with our collection on this unique look at the World Cup.

“The opportunity to bring this virtual exhibition to life online, thanks to the Google Cultural Institute, has added huge value to the work.

“The additional content from David Goldblatt offers a unique interpretation of our collection, and we think this exhibition will be enjoyed by football fans and historians across the world.

“As one of the first UK venues to use this technology, we hope sharing this small part of our collection online proves popular, and that we can continue to explore innovative digital platforms.”

The resident collection includes the 1966 version of the Jules Rimet Trophy every international team craves, the ball from England’s triumphant World Cup final, the collar of the trophy-finding Pickles the Dog and a Pele shirt from the 1958 World Cup.

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