The Modern Era
Gallery Three’s main focus is on the modern era but there are several cabinets of exhibits which trace the early story of the Sussex club. As you enter the gallery, on your left hand side there are cabinets on ‘The Founding of the Club in 1839’, the ‘Brunswick Ground’ and ‘The Lillywhite Family’. On display are artefacts linked to the founding of the club in 1839, photographs of the Brunswick Ground and a rare photograph of a Sussex group of players from 1864.
Further down the left hand wall there are cabinets on Aubrey Smith, David Sheppard and Tony Greig. Boots and pads from Aubrey Smith are on display, as are the jackets that Sheppard and Greig wore on their respective tours to Australia and New Zealand.
On your right as you enter the gallery, is a section about Sussex Women’s Cricket. It has a signed shirt by the team that won the Ashes in Bowral in 2008, including the signatures of four Sussex players: C Atkins, R Birch, L Marsh and S Taylor. There are also a number of photographs of Sussex players. Further down on the right there is a cabinet with a shirt that belonged to Jofra Archer, a cabinet that remembers the career of Hobden, and a cabinet on the Sussex Sharks side that won the 20/20 Cup in 2009.
In the alcove to the right, are prints and paintings which focus on the early years of Sussex including a painting titled The Cricket Match which was a fictional match between Sussex and Kent (see below) between 1839 and 1841 featuring players and personalities from the period.