The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation (CDF), in conjunction with the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston, is delighted to announce an extension to the current Heritage Exhibition.
The exhibition, which has taken place throughout October showcasing varied cricket memorabilia from the game across Derbyshire, is to remain open until 18th December 2018.
The Foundation’s maiden exhibition began on 5 October and attracted over 2,000 visitors from all over Derbyshire, as well as from Cheshire, Devon, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Yorkshire, including many Derbyshire County Cricket Club Members, current and former local club cricketers, supporters and others with a general interest in the game.
The event has showcased a variety of items including documents, trophies, bats, scorecards, clothing, tickets, books and newspapers, many of which have never been on public display before, and some of which date from the 19th century.
A number of generous donations were received over the original month-long event including a 1937 Wisden Almanack, a 1906 Derbyshire Cricket Guide, originally held by the Arsenal Football Club Library and the 1929 and 1930 editions of the Daily News Cricket Annual.
A number of attendees have also agreed to record their personal cricketing memories as part of the Oral History of Cricket in Derbyshire project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
While the CDF staff and volunteers will not be in attendance, the exhibits showcased in glass cabinets will be accessible throughout the next two months. The Erewash museum opens between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the exhibition can be found on the first floor in The Mining Room.
Project Officer, David Griffin, said: “This has been a hugely rewarding exercise, and I have been overwhelmed by the response.
“We had no idea how many visitors would attend and to see so many people over the past month has made it all really worthwhile and demonstrates how much interest there is in the history and heritage of cricket at all levels in Derbyshire.”
For further information, please contact the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation Project Officer, David Griffin on 07754 045063 or via email [email protected]