CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket receives another grant


The CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new grant to explore and celebrate further aspects of the heritage of Cardiff’s sporting landscape.

Following the success of the ‘Cricket is a Game for Me, Me and Me’ exhibition at the Glamorgan Cricket Headquarters Museum in Sophia Gardens and funded by the Welsh Government through its Winter of Well-being grants scheme in collaboration Along with the Welsh Museums Federation, the same organizations have awarded the Cricket Museum a grant as part of their ‘Summer of Fun’ scheme which will run in August and September.

Entitled ‘Harlequins Ground Heritage, Lost But Not Forgotten!’, the project will look at one of the Welsh capital’s lost cricket grounds, located near Newport Road and currently the home of St. Peter’s RFC. The Harlequins Ground had been established in the early 1890s and, on both sides of the First World War, hosted the activities of cricket clubs in the Roath area, as well as being the place where young scholars local schools participated in their recreational activities. Activities.

“The museum has a number of stunning images from Harlequins Ground in its extensive photography collection,” said CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket curator Dr Andrew Hignell, who leads the project. “These include images of various cricket teams and other Cardiff Middle School (later Cardiff Secondary School) sports teams who have used the Harlequins for their recreational activities.”

“We are understandably delighted that these images are now being released in this exciting project celebrating a lost but very important aspect of Cardiff’s sporting landscape, especially as The Harlequins Ground has also hosted a number of other sporting activities, including the football, rugby, lacrosse, cycling and Cardiff’s first hockey international, while in 1910 it had also been considered a possible home for Cardiff City FC when the city’s football club became professional.

The project will see a number of activities including a series of cricket-themed training sessions for local youngsters aged 7-14 which will take place at St. Peters RFC on the 11th, 15th, 23rd and 30th August between 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., plus a multi-family sports fun day on Friday September 2, still in Saint-Pierre, from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Pupils from local primary schools will also have the opportunity to visit the museum in September and learn about the benefits of healthy recess, as well as the rich sporting history of the Harlequins ground. Additionally, local children will create display material for the Museum and the Rugby Club, while a Sports Reminiscence Group will also be established at St. Peter’s RFC enabling further celebrations of Harlequins Ground history.

“It’s great that these forgotten stories are finally being recorded,” said Sadie Lewis, the club’s community outreach coordinator who will oversee the project. “I grew up in this area and know firsthand how important Harlequins were as a multi-sports venue. It will be fantastic that many local girls and boys will have the chance over the next few months to sample a variety of ball games and really have a summer of fun, in addition to learning what has happened in the past. at Harlequins Ground and its place in Cardiff’s sporting history.

Click here to learn more about the project and click here to download the registration form to participate in the activities of this project.


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