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 a series of innovative interactive displays, as well as commemorative films and displays celebrating the long and proud heritage of cricket in Wales.
As well as opening 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.
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 Sophia Gardens 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.
Below is information about the talks and events in 2019/20
November 7th – D-Day Remembered
A poignant evening, in conjunction with the British Legion, looking back at the contributions made by Glamorgan players to the planning and build-up for events on June 6th, 1944 as well as subsequent events in Northern France following D-Day, including the death of Glamorgan captain Maurice Turnbull.
November 26th - An Evening with David Lloyd
The Club’s vice-captain and One-Day Player of the Year for 2019 will be reflecting on the events of the recent summer, as well as talking about his career so far and his early days in cricket in North Wales and at Shrewsbury School.
December 10th - Quiz and Curry Evening
The popular quiz and curry evening will take place in the Museum shortly before Christmas, once again giving Glamorgan supporters a chance to try out their cricketing knowledge in a fun and light-hearted way in teams of four against fellow fans. Tickets for the evening are £10 per person (including curry and a complimentary drink).
The rest of the programme from January 2020 will be confirmed shortly with the speakers including club captain Chris Cooke and umpire Alex Wharf.
Each talk 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 either:
- from Reception in the Discover Leeks Pavilion during normal office hours.- by ringing 02920 419383- by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum Opening Times
The Museum will be open on domestic match-days during 2019 for those in possession of a valid match ticket.
In addition, the Museum will also be open (10am-2pm) on the following days:
November 1st, 10th, 22nd, 28th
Please ring 02920 419383 to check availability of car parking ahead of visits on these non-match days. A Stadium Tour (@£5 per adult) is also available from 2pm, lasting for approx. 90 minutes.