Your Stories: Saffron Walden Cricket Club

A new co-curated community display, entitled Your Stories, is now on display at the museum.

The Your Stories project aims to give people in our community a voice within the museum. Through this project, community groups, charities, societies and clubs have the opportunity to curate a display with the assistance and guidance of museum staff.

The first group to be involved in the project are Saffron Walden Cricket Club. The Cricket Club have a long and interesting history in Saffron Walden, which is explored in the display. Through objects including trophies and plates, cricket club kit, documents and photographs, the display tells the story of the club: from its origins in the mid-1700s to its current position as a successful local club with five men’s teams, a women’s team, a team for disabled players, and an Academy of over 300 boys and girls.

Alison Mable and David Barrs from the Cricket Club worked closely with our Collections Officer, Leah Mellors, to decide on a narrative, select appropriate objects, write text for a display panel and labels, and put the display together in a visually-appealing way.

David Barrs, the club’s Chairman said “We were delighted and honoured when Leah asked us if we would like the Cricket Club to be the subject of the first Your Stories display. We had lots of archive material to choose from and we really enjoyed working with Leah to put together the display, which looks at the history of the Club in Saffron Walden since 1757.”

The Cricket Club hope that the display will spark people’s memories of the club, as they are keen to fill in gaps in their knowledge of the club’s history. If you have any memories or information about the Cricket Club, please contact us and we will pass it on.

The Your Stories display is a legacy of the museum’s 2015-2016 community collecting exhibition, Uttlesford: A Community of Collectors, which showcased the collections of ordinary people in our community. A new display case for the Your Stories display was generously funded by the Gibson Walden Fund and Saffron Walden Museum Society.

If you belong to a community group, club or society and you are interested in sharing your story in the museum, please contact us for more information.