By website, May 3 2017 02:18PM
Sussex Cricket Museum Newsletter Spring 2017
A Message from our Chairman, Bob Warren
The Sussex Cricket Museum goes from strength to strength. During 2016 the number of people who visited the Museum increased dramatically. The increase was particularly apparent in the number of schools who had decided that there was much their students could learn by visiting the Museum. Geography, Maths and History were just some of the subjects that were tackled on site.
The interactive iPads have proved very popular, particularly with our younger visitors; these are being updated for the coming season when we will be featuring Women’s cricket and particularly the influence Sussex women have had on the development of Women’s cricket. There will be particular reference to this year’s Women’s World Cup and the Women’s Kia Super League Finals day at Hove on September 1st.
We will also have a special display celebrating Jim Parks’ amazing season in 1937 when he scored 3000 runs and took 100 wickets, eighty years ago. Our display marking the 100 years anniversary of the 1st World War continues.
Our new displays also include a display marking the 200th anniversary of William Lambert who in 1817 became the first person to score a 100 for Sussex. He actually scored two hundreds in the same first-class match. A feat not matched until W.G. Grace did it over 50 years later.
Our recent acquisitions include items belonging to WW2 General Sir Miles Dempsey who commanded the British Second Army in the Normandy landings in 1944, who played two matches for Sussex in 1919. Plus the ball used in Sussex v Surrey match at Hastings in 1902 when Sussex scored 705 runs in an innings. A record Sussex score which stood for over 100 years.
As usual our hard working volunteers will be producing several publications including:
1. J. H. Parks – his record breaking season of 1937. 2. The Sussex Martlets – a statistical record. 3. C. Aubrey Smith – from Hove to Hollywood and back.
We are delighted that Jim Parks will be officiating at our reopening on Saturday April 15th.
An exciting year ahead – come in and see us. You are very welcome.
Sussex Cricket Museum Report March 2017
We now have a group of dedicated volunteers who have met weekly in the museum throughout the winter to prepare exhibits for the 2017 season and to continue the endless task of cataloguing our collection and updating our Friends and Patrons mailing list. We have been pleased to acquire artefacts relating to General Sir Miles Dempsey who was one of Montgomery’s most senior Generals in Northern France at the end of WW2. He also played two first class matches for Sussex in 1919.
In early February we welcomed Jim Carter and Mike Simkins to the Museum to record a radio programme about C. Aubrey Smith, which will be aired on Radio 4 on Sunday May 21st at 1.30pm. We took them to visit Smith’s grave in a Hove Churchyard and as a result will be collaborating with them on a project to restore the grave. Our 2017 exhibition will include a focus on the 80th Anniversary of Jim Parks’ unique feat of scoring 3000 first class runs and taking 100 wickets in the same season, 1937. We will also be publishing a limited edition booklet on this subject which is currently being prepared by Norman Epps and Phil Barnes. Jim Parks junior has given us the blazer that his father wore throughout the season, as the centrepiece for our display. In addition to Parks, we will also feature the 200th Anniversary of William Lambert becoming the first ever batsman to score a century in each innings of an important (now regarded as first class) match, scoring 107* and 157 for Sussex against Epsom at Lord’s. So remarkable was this feat in the days of rough pitches that it was 51 years before it was repeated by a young W.G. Grace.
Other displays will include a tribute to Matthew Hobden, including his dressing room locker door with messages from all his team mates following his death in January 2016 and a cabinet marking the South Africans visit to Hove in May. This will include a bat belonging to and signed by Maurice Tate used on the 1930/31 Tour of South Africa alongside a Christmas Card sent by Tate from South Africa to George Cox. We are also working on upgrading our digital displays to include a new feature on Women’s cricket to mark the 2017 World Cup and the Kia Super League Finals Day which will be played at Hove on Friday, September 1st. Rob Andrew, our new Chief Executive has shown a lot of interest in the museum and it is clear that he will become a strong advocate of our work in the coming months. He recently hosted a Dinner in the museum for local sponsors of Sussex Cricket and spoke about his strong passion for the game and of the passion for Sussex Cricket which he hopes to be able to “add to in the coming months and years”.
Rob Boddie and Jon Filby