Cricket’s hidden treasures on display at Lord’s

Date Posted: 20/05/2013

Cricket’s Crown Jewels, the new exhibition at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum at Lord’s, sets out to display the best of the Lord’s collection.

The first part of the exhibition focuses on the literary gems of the collection and is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

It explores ten stories told by early cricket books, and showcases MCC’s historic full set of Wisden, as well as singular books such as the 1939 Almanack kept by E.W. Swanton while a prisoner of the Japanese during World War Two, and the only known example of the Catapulta, the world’s first bowling machine. 

The displays also bring to light many of the hidden treasures included in the MCC library and archive, which contains more than 20,000 volumes – said to be the largest collection of cricket books in the public domain.

Part one of the exhibition is set to run throughout this year and is open to all visitors to Lord’s and the Lord’s Tour. Next year the second section of Cricket’s Crown Jewels will be launched, focusing on the museum’s object collection.

Visiting Lord’s and taking the Lord’s Tour

The Lord’s Tour offers school groups the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Home of Cricket, including views from the dressing rooms, the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, and the iconic Long Room.

Ahead of the forthcoming Ashes Series, school trip organisers can also take pupils to see cricket’s most precious and famed artefact, the original Ashes urn, which is housed in the MCC Museum.

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Photo credit: Matt Bright.

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