In 2018 the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at Sophia Gardens became the first fully-accredited cricket museum in the UK. It opened in 2012 as the first sports-specific Museum in Wales and features innovative interactive displays, as well as commemorative films and displays celebrating the long and proud heritage of cricket in Wales.

In 2020 the Museum also launched its new website as well as a series of Podcasts - for further details please click here.

The Two Tony's - listen here.

Yes Ministers - listen here.

Prem Sisodiya - listen here.

 

In addition to being open to the public and hosting school parties and other organised groups, the Museum stages a series of Winter Talks with guests including players from past and present. During 2020/21, these talks will also be in a virtual format via Zoom - see below for further information.

The Museum was 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 Sophia Gardens Cardiff, it was developed with the help of generous financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus other bodies including Visit Wales, with a series of fascinating displays created which celebrate the long and rich heritage 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. Further information about this long history as well as the men and women involved in promoting the game, can be found on the Museum's new website. 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 iconic players such as Hugh Morris, Robert Croft, Matthew Maynard and Steve James, as well as from 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 Ashes Test Matches at Cardiff, contests in the ICC World Cup 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.

In 2018 the Museum became the first cricket museum in the UK to be awarded full accreditation status by MALD/Arts Council, whilst during 2019 it hosted the national two-day conference of the Sporting Heritage CIC network. In addition 2019 saw the Museum receive a VAQAS certificate from Visit Wales as part of their Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

If you would like further information about the museum, please send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk

 

MUSEUM TALKS

A series of virtual talks will take place during 2020/21, using ZOOM. The first took place on 20th October with Alex Wharf. The remaining programme for 2020 is as follows:

12th November @ 1900 - "An Evening with David Hemp"

In order to attend, please register by sending an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk 

December (date/time TBC) - another talk with a Glamorgan player

With 2021 seeing the anniversary of Glamorgan achieving first-class status, a series of talks (via ZOOM) will be held, reflecting this important milestone in the Club’s history, featuring interviews with former players, chats with their descendants and the showing of specially created audio and film presentations:

January 2021 (date/time TBC) - "Glamorgan CCC – the 1920s and 1930s"

February 2021 (date/time TBC) - "Glamorgan CCC – the 1940s and 1950s"

March 2021 (date/time TBC) - "Glamorgan CCC – the 1960s and 1970s"

November 2021 (date/time TBC) - "Glamorgan CCC – the 1980s and 1990s"

December 2021 (date/time TBC) - Glamorgan CCC – the 2000s and 2010s"

Another centenary-themed talk will also take place during October 2021.

Further information about the dates and arrangements for all of these virtual talks will appear here. However, if you have any queries, please send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk

 

 

Museum Opening Times

Further information will appear here in due course about the opening arrangements for 2020/21.