Part of the large collection of signed bats
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What’s new on display in 2017
Displayed in the cabinet on the left side we have the ball from the match between Sussex and Surrey in 1902 at Hastings when Sussex scored 705 runs for 8 declared, their highest innings total, a record that lasted until 2009.
By the tv screen on the left is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first century being scored for Sussex. The batsman was William Lambert, whose image is displayed alongside the score of the match in 1817 and a copy of a print of cricket at Lewes taken from Lambert’s Cricketers’ Guide, published by John Baxter of Lewes in 1816.
As you enter on the left side is a photograph of MC Dempsey. General Sir Miles Dempsey who was one of Montgomery’s most senior Generals in northern France at the end of WW2. He played in two first-class matches for Sussex in 1919. New this year to the display is a vesta case engraved with Dempsey’s initials and a cigarette case, which was presented to Dempsey by Andrew McNaughton, a Canadian general who had a distinguished record in the Great War. He was at various times chief of staff in the Canadian army, a Canadian Liberal MP, Minister of Defence and then ambassador to the United Nations.
Also on the left side in a cabinet is a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Jim Parks’ unique feat of scoring 3000 first-class runs and taking 100 wickets in the same season - 1937. Exhibits include the blazer that Jim Parks wore throughout that season.
On the right in the alcove the cabinet containing items from WW1 has been enhanced by the addition of 3 photographs of the Sussex, Northants & England cricketer VWC Jupp in his army uniform.
Immediately on the right there is the Sussex women’s cricket display which has a photograph of Rachel Heyhoe-Flint leading out the England women’s team at Lord’s in 1976. A tribute to her appears with the photo. Also new is an iPad which we have developed for Women’s Cricket which includes interviews with Sarah Taylor and Mark Robinson, as well as information about the history of Women’s Cricket and the 2017 Women’s Cricket season.
Further along on the right there is a photographic display of the 2007 Championship winning season with a bat signed by the Sussex squad and the ball with which Mushtaq Ahmed used to take his 100th five-wicket haul.
Another display, in tribute to Matthew Hobden, is his dressing room locker door which has messages from all his team mates following his death in January 2016.
In the far right corner there is a case showing recent acquisitions by the Sussex Cricket Museum. These include a shop front newspaper display poster headlining Percy Fender’s bowling in the match between Sussex and Oxford University in 1913 and a snuff box engraved with ‘WGH from Ranji’. WGH is the former Sussex player Dr William Gratwicke Heasman.
At the end of the gallery we have also added features on Delray Rawlins and George Garton to the ‘In The Lockers’ iPad exhibit.
In the middle of the gallery a display cabinet contains items relating to previous South African cricket tours. This includes 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.
On the right, in the alcove, is an illuminated photographic image (taken from a silk printing screen) of the laws of cricket and a cricket match from the middle to late 1760s. Hanging on the walls in this alcove are 4 large paintings, portraits of C Aubrey Smith, AER Gilligan, the Duke of Norfolk and a painting of a cricket match in 1797.
Hot Tip on the London Busses April 2017
The No. 82 from Victoria to Lords is no more, but you can get the No. 13