Museum News

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