Leicestershire County Cricket Club Museum
Please note that following redevelopment work, Leicestershire County Cricket Club are exhibiting some items in the Charles Palmer Suite but the Museum display cabinets are no longer in the building. The club is currently exploring alternative locations on the ground to place the Museum.
The exhibition has been built around the County Club’s extensive collection of cricket memorabilia relevant to the development of cricket in Leicestershire and Rutland. The elegant display cases surrounded by wall panels includes historic cricket equipment, artefacts, photographs and information, the evolution of cricket equipment, life size figures of some of the personalities of the past and the successful achievements of Leicestershire teams. The project also ensures the preservation of cricketing memorabilia which will form part of the Club’s history for many years to come.
Changing the displays
We have a policy of changing the specimens on display accordingly to specific themes, or to specimens relating to visiting teams, the content of the displays will cover topics from a wide range of themes. We have to thank our design advisor, Rob Ogilvie, for his expertise and ideas in bringing our display cases to the high standard you see in the Museum today.
- The history of the game of cricket and its origins, including a chronology of key dates and events.
- The history of the cricket grounds in Leicestershire, in particular Grace Road.
- The rules of the game and how they evolved, including a glossary of terms used within the game.
- The technology and science of the game.
- The colourful personalities both past and present.
- The simple apparel and equipment used in the past, compared with the modern sophisticated equipment used today.
- The evolution and construction of modern day cricketing equipment i.e. balls, bats and protective gear.
- The ‘map’ of fielding positions.
- The successes and achievements of the County sides over the years.
- The collection of historic artefacts, of which 85% is Leicestershire connected.
Recently all the scores since the beginning of the Club’s first-class history have been put on the internet. The Club’s photographic history is now also being transferred to the website, particularly photographs of past and present players with their biographical details.