Museum News

Keith Partridge dies

Sussex members and supporters will be saddened to learn of the death, on June 1, of dear old Keith Partridge who had been a character, loyal Sussex supporter and major fund raiser for the Club for well over fifty years at Hove. Keith had a number of personal obstacles to overcome; he was registered blind, had a severe speech impediment which made communicating difficult and struggled with his mobility. And yet, despite all this, he was one of the most cheerful individuals I have ever met and never let any of his disabilities blunt his enthusiasm for life. He loved his cricket and his involvement with Sussex County Cricket Club. Read On

John Duncan, Life member and Patron of the Museum has died

Sussex Cricket, the MCC, Lord’s Taverners’ and many others within our sporting fraternity mourns the recent passing of a wonderful, caring human being. At the height of the global pandemic, a true friend of cricket succumbed to the Covid 19 virus. John was admitted to University College London Hospital at the end of April displaying symptoms and with trouble breathing. JD had suffered with Parkinson’s for much of the past decade and even though that disease was under control, he was a high risk.

On Friday 15 May, John’s wife, Helen phoned my wife, Adell here in Cape Town to say that the inevitable had happened. We grieved together for someone so very dear to our family; it was such a tragic passing for a genuinely wonderful guy. Being a close friend to JD, Richard Barrow suggested that I share some reminiscences for the Sussex community. Read On

Pitch Publishing put on a series of talks

Pitch Publishing have set up a series of talks by authors of recently published cricket books that are open to members of Cricket Societies via Zoom. The first of these sessions, chaired by Mark Church is with Ian Gould on Friday 29th May. –

The events will feature Pitch’s cricketing authors and run on Friday evenings at 7.30pm, kicking off on Friday 29th May with former Sussex and Middlesex batsmen and now umpire Ian Gould, hosted by BBC cricket commentator Mark Church. For further information click here.

Derek Semmence dies

Derek Semmence passed away yesterday, 29 March 2020. Derek was born in Worthing on 20 April 1938 and educated at Shoreham Grammar School before he made his first class debut for Sussex in 1956 at the age of eighteen against Warwickshire, scoring 36. Derek Semmence was a right-handed batsman who bowled right arm medium pace. He played for Sussex between 1956 and 1959 before returning to Sussex in 1967. After his career in First Class cricket was over, Derek continued to be involved in cricket at youth level, becoming an excellent coach at Hurstpierpoint College, and also playing for Sussex seniors for a number of years until 2013.

To read Derek’s obituary, click here

The BBC show Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip visits the Cricket Museum

Last Summer, the BBC show Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip came to the County Ground and visited the Museum to ‘learn more about one of the world’s most popular sports.’ TV presenter Connie Huq spoke to Museum Curator Rob Boddie who told her about the origins of the game in Sussex and how Sussex CCC became the first first class county cricket club. The programme was broadcast on Thursday, 23 January.

A Cricket Lunch at All-Saints Church, Patcham, Sat 21 March, 2020 Postponed to September

A cricket lunch with a Q and A is to be held at All Saints Church, Patcham in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. The event which costs £12 and takes place 12.30 -2.30pm will have a panel made up of Peter Graves, John Snow, Alastair Hignell, Michael Jayston and John Spencer and chaired by John Barclay. Tickets can be ordered from Eventbrite.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

‘Behind the Scenes Open Day for Friends and Patrons’

The day was well attended, and it is our intention to repeat this after the end of the present season.

There were numerous tables depicting items which normally are not accessible to the visitors to the Museum, such as silver trophies, medals and a silk handkerchief depicting a match and bordered by the old laws of cricket, as they were in the 18th century, normally kept carefully locked away to protect its fragility.

Tea and cake were enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to the next occasion when we here at the Museum meet our Friends and Patrons.

May 7th 2019

Record Visitor Numbers at the Museum

A record number of visitors to the museum during the Royal London Match on 7th May, over 150 people past through many of them young scholars from local schools, here in Sussex. It was so good to see so much interest especially by the young people.

This view of gallery three shows just some of those who enjoyed our exhibits and IT features during the inter innings break.

Rob Boddie
Volunteers Nigel Tarr, Paul Hutson and David Jeater examine a broken bat at the recent ‘Open Day
A Record Attendance for the museum

April 5 2019

The opening of the museum for the new season

The first day of the County Cricket Season began with leaden skies and a sharp wind from the North East. The good crowd, many dressed in thermal underwear and multiple layers, were there to enjoy a summer game, but unfortunately the fact seems to have escaped the attention of the ECB scheduler.

The high spot of the day was the official opening of the Museum by Tony Buss, ably assisted by Barbara Webb. The ceremony was officiated by Jon Filby, the Chair of the Sussex Cricket Museum and Rob Boddie, the Museum’s Curator. The museum was filled to capacity and in his short speech Jon thanked the Museum volunteers for their hard work throughout the winter and especially for getting all the exhibits on display. They were under the particular time constraint of not being able to start the removal of the old exhibits until after the Friends and Patrons afternoon tea. All however was completed in time and we hope you are able to visit the Museum and enjoy the new exhibits.

The Opening of the Museum with Tony Buss, Barbara Webb, Rob Boddie and Jon Filby