About Us

A Message from our Curator

As an eight-year-old, I was first taken to the County Ground in Hove as part of a summer outing from Prestonville Prep School to watch a day of Championship cricket. We were able to sit on the grass inside the boundary in the southwest corner. This visit sparked my interest in Sussex cricket. Read On


A Message from our Chair, Jon Filby

It was so good to be back at Hove over the Easter weekend and to see so many of our friends at the Museum opening on Maunday Thursday. Our President Johnny Barclay did not distribute Maunday Money but he did dispense his usual wit, wisdom and bonhomie which was much enjoyed by all present. Thank you Johnny! Thanks too to Mark Foster, who is standing down as a volunteer after 11 fantastic years during which he has built us an office, an archive room, three storage rooms and numerous display cabinets. We will miss him very much and wish him very well in his retirement. 

The weekend was of course made even better by the magnificent win for our team over Durham.

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

Friends and Patrons of the Museum

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

Museum News

For details of what is happening in the Museum go to Museum News

The Official Opening of the Museum for the 2023 season, with the curator of the Museum, Keith Ridge, Johnny Barclay, Mark Foster and Norman Epps.

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

Who are our Trustees and Volunteers?

For profiles of our Trustees and Volunteers, click here

For details on how to become a Volunteer at the Museum, click here

Three of our volunteers: David, Nigel and Paul

How the museum began

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 former curator, Rob Boddie, who over 25 years acted as Librarian, Archivist and custodian of the club’s artefacts, pictures and memorabilia. Read On

The opening of the museum for the 2018 season with Ian Thomson, Rob Boddie, Chris Adams and Jon Filby

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 ‘Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove’. 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.

Every effort has been made to ensure that images used on this  website, Sussex Cricket Museum, are part of the collections of Sussex Cricket Museum, Women’s Cricket on the Web, are part of other collections which have granted permission for Sussex Cricket Museum to use their material, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence, or are in the Public Domain. Sussex Cricket Museum apologies for any errors or omissions and would welcome these being brought to its attention.

Ireland’s Royal Brighton Gardens, early 19th century