Access Tour Exhibition

BSL Tour of Football: Designing the Beautiful Game

Join guide Edward Richards for a BSL tour of the exhibition, suitable for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors.


What to expect

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game is the first major exhibition that explores the story behind football, unpicking how design has been used to push the game to new limits.

Take a journey through more than 500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development, stadium design and more and immerse yourself in iconic football moments with star objects telling the stories of club legacies and game legends such as Messi, Pelé, George Best and Diego Maradona and more.

In this hour-long tour, design expert Edward Richards explores key objects in the history of football in depth.

Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League, the first ever league for girls in the North of Pakistan, 2019, Sumaira Inayat/Goal Click

George Best's first pair of football boots, exhibition photography by Felix Speller

Exhibition photography by Felix Speller

Exhibition photography by Felix Speller

Booking information

Free event. Pre-booking required.

Due to limited capacity, this tour is only for British Sign Language visitors.

Please ensure you only book if you definitely plan to attend and cancel your booking in advance if your availability changes.

Capacity: 25 people Suitable Age 16+

Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate learners of British Sign Language joining the tour for research.


Whether you’re taking part in the dedicated Access programme or just popping in for a visit, the museum does everything it can to make sure your experience is enjoyable.


Edward Richards

Edward studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts and since 2002 has enjoyed delivering British Sign Language tours in Museums and Galleries to the Deaf community. He has also given socio-documentary photography talks on artists including Robert Frank and Elton John’s ‘The Radical Eye’ exhibition at Tate Modern.

The exhibition

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game

Whether you are a fanatical supporter, part-time punter or sporting sceptic, visitors to this exhibition will enjoy discovering the remarkable design stories behind the world's beautiful game.

Background image by Matthew Kaltenborn.