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Exhibitions

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 and Tournaments Part 2 

MCC Museum, upper floor Until March 2020

This wide-ranging exhibition, held in the Museum’s main upper gallery, covers ICC World Cups and Champions Trophies, the County Championship, the Indian Premier League, Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, plus the worldwide growth of Twenty20 and the role Lord’s has played in some of cricket’s biggest occasions.

Among the objects to feature prominently will be the original Prudential Cup, used for the first three men’s Cricket World Cup tournaments, the finals of which were all held at Lord’s.

Tours & Tournaments Exhibition

The Media Centre

MCC Museum, upper floor Until May 2020

Celebrating twenty years since the opening of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, this new exhibition held in the corner gallery of the Museum looks back at the origins of one of cricket’s most striking modern buildings.

The Media Centre exhibit in the MCC MuseumFeaturing architectural models and drawings, as well as images of its construction, the displays also tells the longer history of cricket reporting at Lord’s through objects related to journalists like Murray Hedgcock and Julian Guyer, as well as a fascinating developmental timeline.

 

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Women's Cricket Evolution

MCC Museum, April 2020

This exhibition explores the history and the development of the Women’s Game from rustic beginnings to the World Cup Final win at Lord’s in 2017.

Despite MCC's remit to keep a thorough record of the Game, significant gaps appear in the MCC Museum on the subject of Women’s Cricket. This exhibition has been set-up to fill these gaps via purchases, donations and loans with the aim of creating a through record of the Game for the learning, enjoyment and inspiration of all.

Jenny Gunn holding the Jack Hayworth Trophy (the Women’s World Cup between 1973-2005), 2017

Special thanks go to the late Baroness Heyhoe Flint who helped initiate a project to collect items related to Women’s Cricket together with historian and author Isabelle Duncan. Extended thanks go to the former players for sharing memories as part of the Women’s Oral History Project and those who kindly donated personal items. Thank you for helping us tell your stories thus far. Please contact exhibition curator Charlotte Goodhew for further information or to get involved.

The Women’s World Cup tournament was created by former England Women’s Captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint (1939-2017) and philanthropist Sir Jack Hayward (1923-2015). The tournament predated the men’s competition that began two years later in 1975.

Recent Exhibits

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.

Tours & Tournaments Exhibition Flyer

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.

A Century of Cricket Games Exhibition

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.

Warner Exhibition at the MCC Museum

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.

South African cricket has so often been affected by off-field troubles, such as the well-known D’Oliveira affair of 1968 and the long years of isolation that ended only with the fall of the National Party government and its apartheid policies.

But while racial politics have never been far below the surface in the country’s sporting history, this exhibition reflected how much more there is to explore, from the early cricket played by British soldiers stationed in the Cape following the Napoleonic Wars to the re-emergence of South Africa as a major force in international cricket in the 1990s and beyond.

Artefacts on display included several from the family of South African Test cricketer Russell Endean, an outstanding all-round sportsman who set the mould for outstanding fielding, later followed by his compatriots Colin Bland and Jonty Rhodes.

Prominent among these were the scrapbooks he kept during his tour of Australia with the South African team in 1952–53 and a stump which was split during the final Test of that tour in Melbourne.

Also featured were several items relating to Geoff Griffin’s remarkable, sole Test match at Lord’s, in which he became the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick at the ground, while also being no-balled so often due to his unusual action that he never played Test cricket again.

Objects featured in the South Africa Exhibition

The exhibition explored 24 original colour illustrations from Ladybird’s vintage books, ‘The Story of Cricket’, published in 1964, as well as The Boys’ Book of Cricket (1949-1954) and The MCC Book for the Young Cricketer (1950-1953).

These books, filled with images of an Arcadian landscape in which fresh-faced boys played their cricket as though childhood would never end, are highly stylised, and quintessentially British.

The Story of Cricket romanticised the English cricket season where there is no mention of it ever raining, just of ‘fine summer day[s]’ and ‘women and girls wear[ing] pretty summer dresses’.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous loan of ‘The Story of Cricket’ (1964) artwork from Ladybird Ventures. The exhibition coincided with Ladybird’s century of publishing educational books for children (1915 – 2015).

Illustrating Cricket 1950 – 1965 Exhibition
Like the original book, the exhibition was aimed to engage a new generation of cricket lovers and inspire communities to engage in cricket. ‘HowZart’ - a Community Arts Educational Programme ran parallel to the exhibition.