MCC will unveil its innovative new literary exhibition, Cricket's Crown Jewels, at Lord's on 15 May to celebrate 150 years of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
The exhibition in the renowned MCC Museum sets out to display the very best of the Lord’s Collections and was the inspiration for an overall refurbishment of the upper gallery, made possible by J.P. Morgan as part of its ongoing partnership with MCC.
The first part of this celebration focuses on the literary gems of the collection and is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
The opening of Cricket's 'Crown Jewels'
It explores ten fascinating stories told by early cricket books, and showcases MCC’s historic full set of Wisden, as well as singular books such as the 1939 Almanack kept by E.W. Swanton while a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the only known example of the Catapulta, the world’s first bowling machine.
Alongside these historic tales sit six modern examples of the wide-ranging research which takes place in today’s Library and Archive, including costume research for the TV series, Downton Abbey.
MCC Curator Adam Chadwick spoke of his pride at welcoming guests to the refurbished upper gallery.
He said: "The Club is very proud of the exhibition, which in addition to celebrating the 150th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, highlights the remarkable and unparalleled holdings of the MCC Library and Archive.
"The MCC Museum is the cornerstone of the Club’s commitment to the heritage of cricket and of Lord’s; it is not just an essential part of what the Club is but a building with a dynamic in which cricket history is collected, conserved and researched."
Part one of the exhibition is set to run throughout this year and is open to all visitors to Lord’s as well as the Lord’s Tour.
In 2014 the second section of Cricket’s Crown Jewels will be launched, focusing on object collection.
The Lord’s Tour offers cricket lovers the chance to see behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket, including views from the world famous dressing rooms, the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, and the iconic Long Room.