History Projects 

The Sports Museum of Finland offers its services for sports clubs, associations and other organisations that want to research their history. Experts of the Sports Museum have written and edited the official centenary book of the Finnish Olympic Committee, several club histories and history pages on the website of the Finnish football championship league. Our current projects include the history book of the Finnish Table Tennis Association and a research study on the early history of orienteering in Finland. 

More information:

Ossi Viita
head of collections and information department
tel. +358 44 712 9345

Teemu Vuorenpää
special researcher
tel. +358 44 719 3643

History of Finnish table tennis

The Finnish Table Tennis Association will mark its 80th anniversary in 2018 with a history book produced by the Sports Museum of Finland. The history of table tennis in Finland has not been thoroughly researched previously, especially as regards the earliest years. Written and edited by research experts of the Sports Museum, the history will draw on the official documents of the Finnish Table Tennis Association and other material kept at the archive collections of the Museum.

History of Finnish ice hockey Finnish Ice Hockey

Association and Ice Hockey Foundation have commissioned the Sports Museum of Finland to produce a general history of Finnish ice hockey. Based on extensive archival research and oral history and written by sports history experts, the book sheds light on ice hockey’s development into the most popular sport in Finland. Ice hockey’s turning points and role in Finnish sports culture will be analyzed in relation to social change in Finland. The chronologically structured book has four main authors: Docent Ossi Viita (years 1925-1944), Ph. D. Jouko Kokkonen (1945-1964), Professor Markku Jokisipilä (1965–1988) and special researcher Kalle Rantala (1989–2018). The book will be published in Fall 2018.

100 years of Kosken Kaiku

The Sports Museum of Finland produces a history of Kosken Kaiku, a sports club based in the municipality of Koski in Southwest Finland, best known for table tennis. The book draws on the club’s well preserved archive that is located in the archives of the Museum. Written by Sports Museum’s head of collections, Docent Ossi Viita, the book offers a colorful and detailed window into the history of this great club from a small town. The history book will be published in 2025 when Kaiku celebrates its 100th anniversary.