A Message from our Curator
Welcome to the website of the Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust. This website, recently re-launched, gives a glimpse of what we have on display in the museum, details of how to visit the museum and in its history section articles about the story of Sussex Cricket and profiles of those who played for Sussex. In the very early days the library was housed in the main office building but in May 1997, the library, documents and artefacts were moved to a portacabin next to the Gilligan Stand. This portacabin collapsed in 2006. Read on
From the Chair of the Museum Trustees
Our volunteers have just begun in earnest preparations for our 2020 exhibitions, which we aim to have in place for the first County game of the season. Rob Boddie, the Museum’s curator, and his team have already made plans to develop Gallery Two to show tributes to the Brighton Brunswick Club which in 2020 celebrates its 150th Anniversary and Arthur Gilligan, who 100 years ago made his debut for Sussex. It is hoped to have a ball from the Durban test of 1920 and some items from the tour of Australia. Read On
The Aims of the Museum
The Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust aims to advance the education of the public in the history and the development of cricket by establishing a museum for the permanent exhibition and preservation of items of educational and/or historical value and in particular with regard to Sussex Cricket.
To achieve this, the museum aims to acquire, document, protect and preserve, and exhibit the history of Sussex Cricket. The Museum’s additional aim is to research, promote and publicize the history of Sussex Cricket for the benefit of all those interested, wherever they might live. The role of the website is to help promote the collection of the Museum, and help encourage a greater understanding of the history of Sussex Cricket.
How are we run?
The full name of the organisation is ‘The Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust’ referred to as SCMET. SCMET has members who are responsible for the appointment of Trustees/Directors who then have the role of managing the Trust.
The day to day work of running the museum and preparing and maintaining exhibitions is done by the Curator and a team of volunteers.
The Trustees Report for 2020 can be viewed here
The support of Friends and Patrons of the Sussex Cricket Museum (SCM) is pivotal to our very existence. All the money raised is invested directly into creating the exhibitions in SCM and into the interactive computer software as we continue to build the educational side of the museum. Read On
How to Find Us
To find details of how to find us and when we are open, please, click here
For details of what is happening in the Museum go to Museum News
How to be involved
We are adding new pages to the website all the time, many produced by the volunteers of the museum but also from followers of Sussex cricket all over the world. We invite you to add your own photos, memories, documents and stories of Sussex County Cricket Club and Sussex Women’s Cricket to the website by contacting us.
Our editors will check your contribution and publish it as soon as possible. Please do not forget to add a title to any photos, words or documents you might contribute and please provide us with details of yourself should we need to get in contact with you.
Inclusion of all material will be at the editor’s discretion.
Does the Museum answer queries about past players and the club’s history?
We are always happy to receive inquiries about aspects of the history of cricket in Sussex. You can use the contact form here to get in touch with someone who can help you
The Sussex Cricket Museum is now well established and considered to be one of the finest on the county circuit. How it all came about is a fascinating story and owes much to the intense and dedicated efforts of its current curator, Rob Boddie, who has voluntarily acted as Librarian, Archivist and custodian of the club’s artefacts, pictures and memorabilia for some 25 years. Read On
Do we accept donations of artefacts?
We welcome donations of artefacts although we aren’t always able to accept them. See here for further details
Sources and Credits
The Home Page header image is courtesy of ‘Regency Society and The Society of Brighton Print Collectors’. It is a print of Sussex CCC’s first home at Ireland’s Gardens, also known as the Hanover Ground, where the club was based from 1839 until 1848. The images of Sussex Women’s Cricket are courtesy of Don Miles ( http://womenscricket.net/ ). All other images are from the collection of Sussex Cricket Museum.