Somerset Cricket Museum is closed this week due to the Rod Stewart Concert in the County Ground. We are open again on Tuesday 24 June 11am.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Peter Wallis has agreed to become the new Chairman of the Trustees following the retirement of Charles Clive-Ponsonby-Fane.

Peter was born in Bristol in 1935. He played cricket at Taunton and Whitgift schools (1942-53), during National Service in the Royal Navy (1953-5), at Pembroke College, Oxford (1955-8), and for West Kent Countrymen and Civil Service clubs in London, including the Mandarins, between 1958 and 1970.

He founded and captained the British High Commission Cricket Club, Nairobi, Kenya, 1974-6 and last played for British Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa in 1988.  He umpired a match played in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, between the British and Australian contingents of the United Nations peace-keeping force, in 1991.

Peter first watched Somerset as a ten-year old schoolboy in 1946 and has been a member of Somerset County Cricket Club since his retirement in the 1990s.  He was a member of the Taunton Area Committee between 2005 -10 (Acting Chairman, 2010).  He has been a  Trustee of Cricket Museum since 2008.

The Museum would like to thank Charles Clive-Ponsonby- Fane for his work over the last 4 years during which he steered the Museum through a major redevelopment programme

photograph of Peter Wallis

Sir Peter Wallis – our new Chairman

 

 

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Harold Gimblett 1914 – 1978

2014 is the centenary of the birth of Harold Gimblett.  He was born in Bicknoller, Somerset on 19 October 1914.

Harold Gimblett

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1914 War is Declared

Information wanted – Can you help? 

Our special display for 2014 will the mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

We are hoping to acknowledge the war service of all Somerset County cricketers, officials, or their families. Twelve Somerset county cricketers died during the War, but others fought and returned to play another day.

We would pleased to hear from anyone with family memories associated with cricket in Somerset.

The exhibition is part of an initiative by the Imperial War Museum which is encouraging many museums to mark the centenary in 2014. IWM (Imperial War Museums) is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations.

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photo of 2nd Lt Edwin John Leat

2nd Lt Edwin John LEAT. Born 1885 in Wellington, Somerset, Died of wounds 8 June 1918. Played for Somerset 1908-10

 

 

 

 

 

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The official launch of ‘Somerset Cricket- The Glory Years’ book by Alain Lockyer and Richard Walsh, that took place in the Cricket Museum on Monday has been deemed a great success by everyone who attended.

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