The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Official Museum

The Yorkshire Cricket Archive

The Yorkshire Cricket Archive comprises a collection of cricket artefacts, documented evidence, ephemera and memorabilia tracing the history and development of cricket in the county from its origins to date, whilst supporting the Foundation’s aspirations of community engagement and social cohesion, enabling it to:

• place cricket in a range of different contexts – social, cultural, economic, political – to serve the Foundation’s aims, whilst helping the understanding of the importance and relevance of the sport to people’s lives;

• maintain a record of cricket in Yorkshire, evidenced through writing, documentation and artefacts;

• sustain and engender research, meeting the needs of academic communities, constituencies of interest, and of the general public;

• develop and deliver a range of outputs, including (but not limited to) exhibitions, events, publications, online engagement, and educational and community resources;

• support the public understanding of social and sporting history across Yorkshire’s communities;

• promote the past, present and future value of cricket to Yorkshire’s communities, making the county’s clubs and leagues more resilient and aware of their heritage, and its potential and importance;

• celebrate the contribution that cricket, the county club and its great players, past and current have made to the identity of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Cricket Museum

Many significant items from the Archive are displayed in a dedicated space within the East Stand, using a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques and interpretation – the Yorkshire Cricket Museum – which opened in 2011, and is a ‘must see’ for every cricket fan.

The Museum tells the story of the history and tradition of one of the world’s most decorated and celebrated sports clubs. It caters for all audiences, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or background; using the Yorkshire Cricket Archive as its focus, it contains a range of displays and interactives which enhance the spectators’ matchday experience, adding value to and providing social, historic and cultural contexts for their visit.

Both Museum and Archive are administered by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Yorkshire Cricket’s charitable arm, with responsibility for the Club’s history and heritage, using these assets to support its programme of health and wellbeing activity; education and participation; community engagement and social inclusion, using cricket as the point of departure.

The Museum is open during every domestic match day during the season. Entry is free of charge, but visitors are welcome to make a donation to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (http://yorkshirecricketfoundation.com), which funds the cost of running the Museum, acquisitions and future displays.

Entry is free for Yorkshire Cricket members but there is a suggested donation per visit in order to help fund the upkeep of the Museum.

Groups, schools, organisations or clubs wishing to take advantage of the Yorkshire Cricket Museum for a private visit, should contact the Foundation’s Heritage Manager, Paul Goodman on 0113 203 3665 or email paul.goodman@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

Yorkshire Cricket Mobile Museum

The Mobile Museum is an extension of the Yorkshire Cricket Museum, which travels to locations across the county, such as Bradford Park Avenue and Scarborough, and beyond to complement Foundation activities and to coincide with match fixtures. The content within the Mobile Museum is usually tailored to suit its audiences at those events.

It also tours the county visiting schools, cricket clubs, community events and businesses educating people about the rich cricketing history in Yorkshire.

Stadium Tours

The Foundation offers tours of the Emerald Headingley cricket ground. These tours take place on a monthly basis and are aimed at giving visitors of all age ranges and levels of cricket interest an opportunity to look behind-the-scenes. This experience encompasses the Museum and the Long Room in the East Stand; the Players’ Dining and Changing Rooms (subject to availability); the Media Centre (which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the cricket ground and the city of Leeds) and other areas of the Carnegie Pavilion. From Summer 2019 onwards, the new Emerald Stand will be included in the tour itinerary.