The National Badminton Museum has managed to acquire an extremely rare Birmal aluminium badminton racket for the National Racket Collection.
The racket was first advertised in the Badminton Gazette January 1924. They continued to advertise it until April 1926. The racket was made of aluminium alloy and was strung with a single strand of steel wire. It was priced in 1924 at 30 shillings (£1.50) and for 32 shillings you could purchase it with a special leather grip. This was one of the first rackets to have a leather handle grip.
The racket was not a success, one of the main reasons was probably that so much damage was done to the shuttlecocks by the metal strings.
Photo: – Geoff Hinder.
This racket and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA
Thank you to all the ‘Friends of the Museum’ and people who have made donations to the Museum, your support enables us to purchase for the National Collection extremely rare badminton artifacts when they become available.
The Museum’s latest project is to replace all the non-museum standard display cases, this will enable us to display objects without dust pollution and UV light damage.
Please can you help with this project.
If you would like to become a ‘Friend of the Museum’ or make a donation, please go to the ‘Museum’ header of the website then to ‘Friends of the Museum’ and you will be able to download a Friends/Donation form.
For more information please contact the National Badminton Museum at – [email protected]