Welcome to the website of the Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust. This website, gives a glimpse of what we have on display in the museum, details of how to visit the museum and in its history section, articles about the story of Sussex Cricket and profiles of those who played for Sussex.
In the very early days, the library was housed in the main office building but in May 1997, the library, documents and artefacts were moved to a portacabin next to the Gilligan Stand. In 1999 there was a preliminary World Cup match at Hove, South Africa v India. The press couldn’t be accommodated in the existing press facilities so a new portacabin was erected on top of the Library portacabin. Once the World Cup was finished the facility was taken over by the Library. All the pictures that had been stored in the main office building were now transferred to the ‘new’ library which remained the home of the Museum until 2006, when during the match against Hampshire, the floor collapsed and the building listed to one side. It wasn’t long though before a new facility was found, this time another portacabin but a much more modern one, the former reception area for the club.
A first class facility
In May 2012, the museum moved to a new first class facility in the main pavilion – into rooms that had once been the stables and where the ground staff that were housed. Horses were used to pull the heavy roller and other heavy equipment until it was mechanised. There are now three galleries dedicated to tracing the history and development of cricket in Sussex especially Sussex Cricket Club and Sussex Women’s Cricket .
The Museum continues to enhance its collection through donations, bequests, purchases and has permanent and temporary exhibitions. Our collection consists of trophies, photographs, prints, equipment, portraits. For those who wish to pursue their own research we have an excellent library and comprehensive archive of documents and pictures.
Every year we introduce new displays, often to commemorate anniversaries. For 2022, the first year we have been able to open since 2019, we will have a display on Brunswick Cricket Club and A.E.R. Gilligan in Gallery Two whilst in Gallery Three we will have displays on Sarah Taylor and Clare Connor, memorabilia from 2003 and tributes to Tony Buss, Jim Parks, Ted Dexter, Ian Thomson, Rupert Webb and John Snow. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum.
I hope you find this website useful and a good introduction to your visit to the Sussex Cricket Museum.