Museum Chairman and Chair of Sussex Cricket
Jon joined the Museum Trust as Secretary in 2010 and became the Chairman in 2017
He first visited Hove in 1971 where his lifelong passion for Sussex Cricket was ignited by John Snow and Tony Greg. In 1974, with his school mate Ingram Losner, he followed the Austin Parsons stand in the Cowshed and hardly missed a game in the 1970s.
At the same time his passion for cricket memorabilia was triggered by autograph collecting during the golden years of the 90s.
Jon is an ever present at Hove in the summer and hugely enjoys working with our ever growing team of Volunteers. Perhaps you would like to join us?
Museum Curator and Vice President of Sussex Cricket
Rob is one of the longest serving volunteers, along with Norman Epps,. He has seen the Museum develop from the original library, via a portacabin to the Museum we have today. Rob is responsible for the Museum as a whole, from what is exhibited, how it is displayed and the forward planning for the future.
Rob has a great deal of responsibility and is the catalyst that holds the museum together, with a friendly smile, a genial disposition and a joy to work with.
Norman is one of our longest serving volunteers and has a vast amount of knowledge of all things to do with Sussex Cricket. He is the senior volunteer responsible, along with the Curator, for the contents of our archive. He has a great interest in the statistics of the club and has for many years since 1977 contributed to the club handbook.
Norman is a very pleasant colleague to work with and is held in high regard by all the other volunteers.
Nick is one of our senior volunteers and has given his time as a volunteer for many years and was one of the founding trustee when the trust was set up in 2009.
He specializes in the writing and publishing side of the Museum and is the main contact for the publication sales.
He has a large collection of cricket memorabilia which he often generously loans to the museum for display purposes.
Museum Secretary and Trustee
Mary joined the Museum in 2016. Prior to retiring ten years earlier she spent her working life in the N.H.S. starting as a nurse and working her way to Senior Management .
She developed her love for cricket as a night nurse when daytime T.V. consisted of little more than Andy Pandy and Test Match Cricket.
As Museum Secretary, Mary ensures Friends and Patrons receive regular newsletters and reminds them when subscriptions are due.
When not watching cricket or helping out in the Museum, Mary likes eating out with friends, knitting, cross stitch and traveling, when funds allow.
Treasurer and Trustee
Cliff is a retired local government accountant who grew up as a Kent CCC and Millwall FC supporter, but since moving to Hove has transferred his allegiance to Sussex CCC but can’t quite make the leap to supporting the Albion.
Cliff is responsible for keeping an eye on the Museum’s finances and for ensuring that we comply with all the statutory and Charity Commission regulations and guidelines.
Cliff appreciates that he is surrounded by an amazing group of fellow volunteers who are always ready to share their knowledge and experience of all things Sussex CCC.
Bob was our chairman until Jon Filby took over. He now concentrates on his position as Club Director whilst still finding the time for his company, ‘Travel Places’.
Having been a supporter of Sussex cricket for many, many years Phil was delighted when the Museum obtained bigger and better premises as part of the 2010 ground redevelopment.
Whilst talking to Jon Filby it became apparent that his former skills as a photographer would prove useful to the Museum in its future operation and future growth.
Having sourced the right equipment Phil then began the long, but very fruitful operation of scanning and photographing our gargantuan collection, now some 23,000 images strong.
Paul Hutson who now manages and operates our paper photographic library, has been particularly adept at helping in cataloguing the image collection. All the images on display have been produced in-house, together with our regular newsletter.
Averil’s interest in cricket began in the late 1980s. As a landlady of a Hove pub she was invited to a days cricket by the Brewery. It was a beautiful sunny day and sitting in a deckchair, with Pimms, was just what she needed. She clearly remembers thinking, this is perfect. On leaving the pub she spent three years living on a boat in Turkey, followed by eight years as a Hove Councillor. She still works part time at the Royal Pavilion and at a local auction. As a local historian she was very pleased to be asked to become a trustee at the newly formed Museum and Educational Trust in 2009
Paul and his wife Sherry have been Sussex members since 1996 and began working in the Museum along with Rob, Norman, Nick and Roger in 2004.
His main work is in assisting Rob setting up the exhibitions when they are changed over the winter. His art and D.I.Y. skills are then put to good use. He is also responsible for cataloging the players photos and the framed pictures.
Paul left school in 1970 and worked for British Telecom for 22 years, after which he studied for two years at Northbrook College gaining a BTEC diploma in art and design which incorporated sculpture and 3D work in pictures. He then worked in a maintenance team in a residential home before working at the Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstans before retiring in 2011.
His main interests include walking, nature, art, reading, cricket and football, and in particular supporting West Ham.
Mark joined the Museum in 2010 when the museum was an empty shell and 40 large boxes of books and artifacts from the old portacabins had to be moved in along with some cabinets.
His experience in the construction industry came in handy making shelves, fitting wall cabinets and building partition walls.
In 2018 Mark closed his business and now spends his time pottering in his large garden, hiding in the workshop, watching cricket at Hove, unless his wife Lyn, his two daughters or his two grandchildren have other plans for him.
He was responsible for the setting up of the website and is now an administrator of the website along with with Peter Crowhurst.
Peter joined the Museum in 2016 in response to a request in the club’s newsletter for more volunteers.
In his professional life he had been a history teacher and this background came in useful as he took on the task of updating the catalogue of the Museum Archive and more recently, the construction of a better website, which he has done in record time.
David is one of our writers involved in the research and writing of books to be published by the Museum.
Before joining the Museum, David was a former town planner. He was born and bred in Brighton, educated at Varndean, a one-time club cricketer and a long-term supporter of the county. David and his wife Pat returned to Sussex after living in London and Australia.
He has been working on the history of the Sussex Second Eleven and is now working on the county’s players in the immediate post-war years.
Nigel is a native of the Isle of Wight but a long-term resident of Sussex. He readily transferred his cricketing affections along with his residency but cannot forgo his love of Portsmouth FC not that he ever goes to watch then nowadays.
He enjoys his winter Wednesdays in the Museum, though as the self-appointed guardian of the contents of the lockers, he probably feels he now knows enough about bats, caps and ties.
However he was not quick enough to get out of sight when a sub-committee was formed to help guide the museum towards Arts Council Accreditation. He fears that a long and winding road beckons.
Tim has very recently joined the Museum Volunteers, having retired after 40 years in the aviation industry. Even though he first watched Sussex in 1964 he is still finding his feet in the Museum. Being the new boy Tim runs the tea trolley.
His interests, other than watching cricket are collecting cricket autographs, cricket photography and his children, grandchildren and now his great grandchild, who became a Sussex member when just one day old. This tells us of his love of Sussex cricket.
Sheila joined the Museum team in 2019 having been formerly a silver cleaning volunteer at the Royal Pavilion here in the city of Brighton and Hove.
She had previously been a medical secretary and has been a member of the Sussex County Cricket Club for many years.