Glamorgan Cricket, through the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, is delighted to be taking part in a celebration of UK sport on Wednesday (30th September) as clubs, museums, community groups and individuals showcase and celebrate an amazing variety of sporting memorabilia, objects, photographs, audio and film in support of National Sporting Heritage Day.
Celebrating its sixth year, National Sporting Heritage Day aims to raise awareness of the relevance of sporting heritage and encourage the public to access the collections, with a particular focus this year on sharing the collections digitally. Highlights include the previously untold story of cricket at Trent Bridge during World War Two and the centenary celebrations of the GB Hockey team, whilst in the build-up to Glamorgan’s anniversary of first-class status there are now updated profiles on every player to have appeared for the Welsh county since 1921.
Hundreds of sporting heritage collections are available at https://www.sportingheritage.org.uk/collections celebrating momentous national and local sporting events and achievements, covering over 100 sports from across the country. Many of the collections are making their debut digitally on podcast and video, alongside written documents, and physical exhibitions.
Dr Justine Reilly, Founding Director of Sporting Heritage says: “All sport has a past to celebrate and heritage to share. Through these heritage collections we can access hidden histories and stories which are not traditionally shared, and those sporting collections which haven’t be celebrated previously. We want to show how sporting heritage isn’t just about tactile objects, but also in the value and importance of sporting memories, passions and stories that we are able to capture and share digitally.”
Amongst the collections released on 30th September are:
• Photographs and autographs from the collection held by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket are now available on many of the updated profiles of Glamorgan’s players. These can be viewed at https://glamorgancricketarchives.com/ Click on the tab called ‘Glamorgan Centenary’ and then select from the alphabetical index based on the first letter of the player’s surname.
• Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have released online the previously untold story of cricket at Trent Bridge during World War Two, including tales of heroism, sportsmanship and occasional guest appearances by cricket legends including Gubby Allen, Maurice Leyland and Harold Gimblett.
• Five times Olympian, and four times World Rowing Champion, Frances Houghton MBE is sharing her experience, sporting achievements, and discussing the UK's passion for rowing with the River and Rowing museum in an exclusive podcast with Sporting Heritage.
• Celebrating the centenary of Great Britain’s gold medal win at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, The Hockey Museum is releasing commemorative video footage featuring the family of Harry Haslam, the goalkeeper from the 1920s team, receiving his GB cap at a presentation ceremony, along with releasing details of a 5 year research project into the unknown history of the sport.
Justine Reilly adds: “These collections play a really important role, not just in terms of the items and memories themselves, but also in terms of supporting wider social, cultural, political and economic understanding and cohesion. Sport undoubtedly plays an intrinsic role in our society, and although we now are experiencing a time where physical participation or attendance is restricted for many, the role sport plays in our lives now and how it has historically brought people together from all different communities, ages and backgrounds, is something to be celebrated.”
You can also get involved on Wednesday by searching the hashtag #NSHD2020 to view or share collections and objects from their sporting communities that tell their sporting story. You can also take part in two free special events:
• National Sporting Heritage Virtual Coffee Morning – funded by the Heritage Fund, this free to attend online event is aimed at supporting individuals and organisations working with, or wishing to work together, to network and support each other on sporting heritage.
• The Family Treasure Hunt brings together collections across the UK to celebrate access to them digitally. Families can enter for free for a chance to win a prize. Look out for the special question from the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket!
A community grants programme is also open which is aimed at supporting community groups to deliver sporting heritage activity. Further details and applications can be made at https://www.sportingheritage.org.uk/ . National Sporting Heritage Day is supported by the National Sporting Government Bodies including Sport England, The Football Association and UK Athletics.