Lien and I visited the County Cricket Ground in Derby on Friday the 19th, to meet heritage enthusiasts from a range of cricket clubs across the county. We were there to offer some practical advice to clubs that look after their own archives, covering the best ways of managing and caring for old records. If your heritage group would appreciate a training session on archive management or conservation (very reasonable rates), do get in touch and we will do our best to help.
The photograph above was taken during a moment of gravely studious concentration. For balance, the picture on the right is rather more animated, being Thomas Rowlandson’s 1811 depiction of what is reckoned to be the first recorded women’s county cricket match, between Surrey and Hampshire (the subject of one of Helen’s posts back in 2013). This match must have been the subject of many a treasured tale, and we are fortunate to have Rowlandson’s illustration to remember it by. Memories of other events and experiences, by contrast, slip by without being documented in this way – how much heritage is lost when the stories stop being told? David Griffin of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, organiser of Friday’s event, told us a little of the Foundation’s current oral history project, which is all about capturing those memories for future generations. I bet they would like to hear from you if you have a tale or two to tell about the game and your own experience of it. For more on the project, see the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation website.