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MCC launch grassroots research project Published: 13 September 2010

Grassroots cricket in England and Sri Lanka is the focus of 'Taking the Field', a groundbreaking new digital study involving MCC.

The project aims to produce a series of short oral histories, complimented with music, video and photographs, reflecting the importance of grassroots cricket to local communities in both countries.

The two-year study is run jointly with University of Glamorgan and the George Ewart Centre for Storytelling and builds on the Centre’s work with Glamorgan Cricket Club.

These finished artifacts will then be displayed in the MCC Museum at Lord's as well as online at Lords.org.

Dynamic heritage collections

Mike Wilson, who is supervising the work, said: "The project itself will attempt to reflect the diverse nature of cricket in both the UK and Sri Lanka, as well as the character of cricket clubs and the communities they serve.

"It will chart the changes of both good and bad, experienced by clubs and communities over the past century."

'Taking the Field' will focus on key themes describing cricket and its place in society, including: migration; decolonisation; changing women’s roles; and class on the clubs and their communities.

The project will act as a social history of the two countries and attempt to document their deep links, from the colonial past to current, post-Tsunami reconstruction.

Emma Peplow, a keen cricket fan and Worcester College, Oxford graduate has been recruited to work as Research Associate on what she considers an important and exciting project.

She will be working closely with MCC Curator of Collections, Adam Chadwick, who said: "MCC is delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking partnership.

"The Club is seeking to underline how dynamic its heritage collections can be and Emma Peplow’s work over the next two years will mirror not only MCC’s support for school, club and university cricket but also its efforts to help communities in Sri Lanka in the wake of the Tsunami."


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