Sussex Cricket museum given award for cricket scholarship

Announcement made by The Cricket Society  and the British Society of Sports History

Today (1 September) the Sussex Cricket Museum is announced as the first winner of the Howard Milton Award for Cricket Scholarship. The Museum consistently produces high quality, original and fascinating scholarly research both historical and contemporary across a variety of subjects. Its production values are high and it collaborates effectively with a range of authors on subjects related to Sussex cricket.

This award, a collaboration between The Cricket Society and the British Society of Sports History, will be awarded annually to a person or persons who have made an outstanding and/or unsung contribution to cricket scholarship. The award seeks to recognise good cricket writing and research whether of an ‘academic’ or ‘popular’ nature. Winners are decided on the recommendations of a panel drawn from officers
of both organisations.

Since 2011 the Sussex Cricket Museum has produced an excellent series of signed, limited edition books, booklets and pamphlets about Sussex cricket and cricketers, ranging from cricket in Brighton in the 18th Century to the Highest individual innings for Sussex in One Day Cricket. The roster of cricket writers and historians is impressive. All publications are produced to a high standard, printed on good quality paper, are very well illustrated and are worth reading for anyone interested in cricket (not just Sussex supporters). The Museum presents the history of Sussex Cricket through its displays, both in the Museum and throughout the pavilion and has an excellent library as well as a comprehensive archive of documents and pictures. The Museum is located at the 1st Central County Ground at Hove and is run by the Trustees of the Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust (SCMET) and “a strong team of volunteers” led by Rob Boddie, Curator and including the publications team Phil Barns, Norman Epps, David Jeater, and Nicholas Sharp, assisted by Roger Packham.

Responses to the award
Jon Filby, Chair of the Sussex Cricket Museum said:
“I am delighted that the Sussex Cricket Museum has won this prestigious
award. It is very welcome recognition of the excellent work undertaken by all of our volunteers.”

Howard Milton added:
“I’m thrilled to be honoured with the naming of this award. The first winners are an excellent choice. It is the Museum with its publications that sets the standards which all other counties should seek to achieve.”

The arrangements to present this award will be announced at a later date.