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The Ashes Effect: cricket lovers from across the world flock to Lord’s in 2013

With just one week to go until the start of the much anticipated Investec Ashes Series, MCC have announced that since January a record-breaking number of cricket fans have been on the Lord’s Tour and visited the MCC Museum – home to the Ashes Urn – in 2013 compared to the same stage in previous years.  In June alone, an average of 364 visitors a day flocked through the famous Grace Gate, as a total of 10,926 enjoyed seeing behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket. 

Ahead of England taking on Australia this summer, for cricket lovers who are unable to make the trip to Lord’s to see the Ashes Urn firsthand, a new video has been released on Lord’s TV today, which tells the history of the Ashes in 101 seconds:

In addition to learning about the Ashes Urn, visitors on the Lord’s Tour also get to see an unparalleled selection of historic artefacts in the MCC Museum and world-famous buildings around the Ground, including the iconic Long Room and Stirling Prize-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre.           

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Notes to editors:

The image of the Ashes Urn is a registered trade mark in the European Union of Marylebone Cricket Club.

Raw files of “The Ashes in 101 seconds” are available, and the video is available to embed on websites from MCC’s YouTube channel: (

For more information about this please contact:

Will Roe

MCC Assistant Digital Editor

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 0207 616 8771

Mobile: 07506 738 879


The Lord’s Tour:

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.  Ahead of the forthcoming and much anticipated Ashes Series, visitors will also get to see cricket’s most precious and famed artefact, the original Ashes Urn, which is housed in the MCC Museum. 

Tours run during the week at 11.00, 12.00 and 14.00.  On Saturdays there are tours at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00, and on Sundays there are tours at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00 and 14.00.  The cost of the Tour for adults is £15 and for concessions is £9, but families can save £8 by buying a family ticket (valid for two adults and two children).

For more information on how to book a tour of Lord’s, visit, email, or telephone 020 7616 8595.

For further information on this story please contact:

Beth Wild

MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer

Lord's Cricket Ground

Direct Line: 020 7616 8699

Mobile: 07929 348074


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