Latest Publication

‘Gunner -my life in cricket’ by Ian Gould

Gunner: My Life in Cricket is the revealing and absorbing story of Ian Gould, who became one of the best umpires in the world after playing for England, Middlesex and Sussex. He had a close-up view of the best players and biggest controversies during 13 years at the top, including the infamous ‘sandpaper’ Test in 2018 and three World Cups.

Ian Gould was a talented young sportsman who was on Arsenal FC’s books before concentrating on cricket.

He played 18 times for England, captained Sussex and represented Middlesex, whom he also coached before turning to umpiring in 2002. Within four years he was on the ICC’s elite panel. In a 13-year career at the top, his relationships with some of the biggest names in cricket quickly established him as one of the world’s most highly respected umpires. You can read more on Ian Gould’s career here

The book costs £23 including postage (within the UK). For Friends and Patrons the cost is £20. To order a book please contact the museum using our contact form here

Ian Gould


‘Good Old Sussex by the Sea: Sixties Childhood Spent with Hastings United, the Albion and Sussex County Cricket’ by Tim Quelch

Tim Quelch takes a nostalgic look back on his 60s childhood and his early adult memories of  Sussex sport. Hastings United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Sussex County Cricket Club were his three great loves, with his passion for football ignited by United’s plucky 1953/54 giant-killing side that came tantalisingly close to a fifth-round FA Cup clash with Arsenal. Later, Brighton secured Tim’s lasting loyalty when he witnessed their brave 1961 FA Cup battle with First Division champions Burnley. That same year, Tim was captivated by explosive Sussex batsman Ted Dexter and mesmerised by West Indian fast bowler Wes Hall. Good Old Sussex by the Sea takes us on a whirlwind tour of the highs and lows of Sussex football and cricket in the 1960s, a time when local allegiances were important as Hastings United’s involvement in a major police corruption scandal shows. The book recalls a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and woes, bringing to life many local heroes of yesteryear.

The book costs £15 including postage, and £13 for Friends and Patrons. To order a book, please use the Contact Form here.

‘On The Level’  Cricket and Society in 18th Century Brighton’

By John Goulstone

The latest issue from the publishing arm of the Sussex Cricket Museum is a scholarly written and beautifully produced 108 page book on cricket in late 18th–century Brighton, titled ‘On the Level’.

‘It was not until about 1790 that the Level just north of Brighton became a fashionable centre for cricket. Here we look at some of the personalities, respectable and not so respectable, actively engaged in or else attending matches during this period, along with the more raffish elements’ scandals, pranks, bizarre wagers and other escapades which in turn both amused and annoyed the town’s inhabitants. Following a glance at the Prince’s early experiences on the cricket field, the five key seasons from 1788 to 1792 are examined in sequence with entries arranged in diary form and biographical profiles inserted at the end of each year’.

‘It was not until about 1790 that the Level just north of Brighton became a fashionable centre for cricket. Here we look at some of the personalities, respectable and not so respectable, actively engaged in or else attending matches during this period, along with the more raffish elements’ scandals, pranks, bizarre wagers and other escapades which in turn both amused and annoyed the town’s inhabitants. Following a glance at the Prince’s early experiences on the cricket field, the five key seasons from 1788 to 1792 are examined in sequence with entries arranged in diary form and biographical profiles inserted at the end of each year’.

Newspaper reports and numerous notices have been re published in cricket books, and many of these are quoted, along with ‘new’ references culled from both London and provincial papers, with other actual or near contemporary source materials. Some original scorecards of the matches are reproduced along with 30 illustrations, many in full colour.

About the Author

The most important writer on early cricketing history is John Goulstone. He was born in September 1939 in Bexleyheath and spends much of his time researching archives for early cricket references. On this subject he has had published several books, and numerous booklets and articles.

He is the authority on 18th century cricket, and the Sussex Cricket Museum is proud to publish his latest book ‘On the Level’.

The book is published in two limited editions:

50 copies in hardback at £80.00 each

and 75 copies in softback at £20.00 each


Should you be interested in the above, please contact us using the contact form here.