Formed in March 1998, Brighton & Hove Albion Collectors' and Historians' Society (BHACHS) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Albion, and hopes to bring together all those who are interested in any and every aspect of the football club's colourful past. The ultimate goal is the establishment of a museum and archive at the club's new stadium.
BHACHS is looking to preserve all historical material relating to the Albion. That includes programmes, handbooks, fanzines, memorabilia, newspaper cuttings, photographs, postcards, badges, replica shirts, statistics, audio/video material, etc.; in fact, anything at all related to the club.
The Society does not requisition supporters' collections. Instead it attempts to register them, thereby compiling a database of memorabilia so that interesting items can be lent for display at exhibitions or for publishing.
It also appeals to fans not to throw away any items related to the Albion, but to donate them to the Society. If they wish, supporters can donate or bequeath their collections in the knowledge that they will be looked after by the Society. (Please note that BHACHS is bound to keep two original copies of items whenever possible; numbers in excess of this may be sold on to collectors to boost Society funds. This is particularly the case with donations of programmes, for instance.)
Members of the Society have access to all items, receive a quarterly newsletter and enjoy discounts on publications. A register of members is published, and they are encouraged to take on projects of interest.
BHACHS holds quarterly meetings, stages exhibitions, and publishes items of interest to all Albion supporters, including the well-received Albion Programme Collectors' Guide. In December 2002 it staged the highly successful first Albion Collectors' Fair and Auction, which is scheduled to become an annual event.
The Society is the main source of information on the history of the club. It is an active force in researching, recording and preserving all aspects of the Albion with Society members participating in these projects.
If you are interested in joining the Society, donating material to it or just registering a collection, please email Tim Carder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership costs £5 per calendar year.