Every year the MCC Museum presents a new exhibition on the first floor of the museum. These exhibitions showcase highlights from the MCC Collections in new and interesting ways, often alongside nationally important loans. Exhibitions open in April each year and can be enjoyed as part of a Lord’s Tour or with a match day ticket.
Tours & Tournaments
In 2013, in a list compiled by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, the Aboriginal Cricket Tour of 1868 was included as one of the 100 most defining moments in Australian history. The all-Aboriginal team was the first Australian cricket team to tour the UK and the first visit by indigenous Australians to gain widespread awareness in this country. The new displays at Lord’s this year explore the history of the cricket tour in general and this tour in particular, in the year of its 150th anniversary.
Aboriginal artefacts from The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, newly identified from the 1868 cricket tour to the UK, are reunited with the Aboriginal club (Leangle) from M.C.C.’s own collection for the first time since the original tour. The original Ashes urn, a memento from the 1882-3 English tour to Australia, will also feature.
A Century of Cricket Games
The exhibition brings together twentieth century cricket board, card and dice games with particular focus on unique hand-made games, prototypes, and early edition commercial games.
In its second phase from 2017, the show will include early computer games and other games from the early part of the century, such as pinball.
The exhibition examines domestic play, consumer culture and how games can reflect real life by using player averages and statistics.
Highlights on display include The Cass Family Board Game on loan from the V&A Museum and popular board games such as Subbuteo Cricket.
In addition to the games themselves are anecdotes and photographs from manufacturers such as Peter Adolph, the inventor of the Subbuteo table games.
The MCC Museum has unveiled a new exhibition documenting the development of the new Warner Stand at Lord’s, and paying tribute to Sir Pelham Warner himself.
The exhibition is the first in a series of displays which will document MCC’s redevelopment of Lord’s, which is due to continue over the next 20 years.
Work began on the new Warner Stand at the end of the 2015 season, and the new structure was fully opened at the England v Ireland ODI in May 2017.
It includes vastly improved sight lines for spectators, a new match control suite for officials and a state-of-the-art roof which ensures that spectators will benefit from both shade and natural light. Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels on the roof will also generate hot water and electricity.
The exhibition features models of the new stand as well as displays, photographs, plans and memorabilia relating to the original Warner Stand which was erected in 1958 and demolished in 2015.
It also pays tribute to the career of Sir Pelham Warner – the first person after whom a stand at Lord’s was named.
Warner captained MCC on its first overseas and later served the Club as a Committee Member, Deputy Secretary, Trustee, and President. He became its first Life Vice-President in 1961.