The award-winning CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at The SSE SWALEC is the first sports-specific Museum in Wales and features a series of innovative interactive displays, including BATIO, a Wii-based display which allows visitors to bat against three legendary bowlers in Welsh cricket history - Robert Croft, Don Shepherd and Simon Jones.
As well as opening to the public and hosting organised trips, the Museum stages a series of Winter Talks with guests including players from past and present..
The Museum has been created by Glamorgan Cricket in partnership with CC4 - the Cardiff-based multimedia company and e-learning specialists. Situated on the first floor of the National Cricket Centre at Glamorgan Cricket's headquarters at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, it has been developed thanks to generous financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as other bodies including Visit Wales, with a series of fascinating displays being created which both celebrate the long and rich history of cricket in Wales besides helping to bring history alive.
In particular, the displays show how cricket is the oldest team game in Wales - older even than rugby - with references to the game being played from the late 18th century. Clubs were subsequently created in the sprawling industrial and dockland centres during the 19th and early 20th century as offshoots from cricketing activity. The key movers and shakers in the evolution of cricket in Wales are given due prominence, in the Museum with trophies and other objects on display dating from the late 19th century when cricket was first in its pomp.
The displays at the Museum also highlight the key role of businesses, religious leaders and educational centres in promoting the summer game. Other displays show how cricket equipment has changed over time, with a number of items used by Glamorgan legends on display for the first-ever time, including items donated by Glamorgan legends Hugh Morris, Robert Croft, Matthew Maynard and Steve James, as well as the families of the late Wilf Wooller and Haydn Davies.
A historic timeline of cricket in Wales has been produced, charting the game's development from its earliest record in Swansea in the 1770s to the 2009 Ashes Test at Cardiff, and other international games of recent years. The achievements of Glamorgan County Cricket Club in winning the County Championship are also celebrated with a cabinet being devoted to Welsh cricket legends, starting with Wilf Wooller - the man who led Glamorgan to their first Championship title in 1948, and who was Club Secretary when they added a second to their tally in 1969.
The CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket won the Kieran Hegerty Award at the Celtic Media Festival, held in Cornwall in April 2014, with the judging panel commenting on the Museum's imaginative and innovative use of technology in engaging with visitors of all ages. Furthermore the Museum received recognition in the ECB's Business of Cricket Awards at the end of 2014.
OPENING TIMES - 2016/17
The Museum is open on match-days for those in possession of a valid match ticket. Please ring 02920 419383 to check availability ahead of visits on non-match days. A Stadium Tour (@£5 per adult) is available on certain non-match days, lasting for approx. 90 minutes. .
MUSEUM TALKS - 2016/17
The itinerary for the popular talks in the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at The SSE SWALEC has been finalised for the period through to April 2017.
Wednesday, January 18th – “Happy Anniversary Sophia”
An illustrated talk by Dr. Andrew Hignell celebrating the 50th anniversary of county cricket at Sophia Gardens, following the move from Cardiff Arms Park where Glamorgan staged first-class cricket between 1921and 1966. The evening will also include some previously unseen film footage of cricket at the Arms Park.
Wednesday, February 15th – “An Evening with Mike Llewellyn”
2017 is the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Gillette Cup Final and this evening will feature a talk with Mike Llewellyn who during the course of this game against Middlesex at Lord’s nearly struck a ball over the historic pavilion.
Tuesday, March 7th - "An Evening with Winston Davis and Greg Thomas"
Former fast bowlers Winston Davis and Greg Thomas will look back on their days in county cricket with Glamorgan and Northamptonshire, as well as in international cricket for England and the West Indies.
Tuesday, April 4th (tbc) – “An Evening with Aneurin Donald”
The young batsman will look back on his record-breaking summer in 2016 as well as reflecting on his fledgling career with Glamorgan and the challenges ahead in 2017.
Each of the talks will be £3 in advance for current Glamorgan members or £4 on the door on the night. For non-members, it’s £4 in advance or £5 on the door (Price includes complimentary tea and coffee). Tickets can be purchased from Reception in the Discover Leeks Pavilion during normal office hours. Please enquire about parking when purchasing your ticket.
Each of the above events will start at 7.30pm.