Cotswold Cricket MuseumCheltenham, Gloucestershire Category Museums & Galleries
The Cricket Museum includes: blazers, caps, bats, china and paintings galore, plus many rare photographs, authentic letters and even TV footage of great events in the game’s history. All this and much more - a real wonderland of nostalgia and compelling interest.
This privately-run museum can be found in Sheep Street, close to the town’s picturesque main square, and is under the able and knowledgeable curatorship of Mr and Mrs Andy Collier. A warm and friendly welcome is assured for all visitors and tours of the exhibit galleries are offered, during which Andy is always keen to explain the history and provenance of each and every artefact to the curious enquirer. If, like him, you have an enduring passion for the game, you are certain to be intrigued and fascinated by the sheer variety and richness of this unique collection of memorabilia.
Andy has devoted over 20 years to the task of bringing the artefacts together, sorting them into their various categories while thoroughly researching the story of each item to confirm its authenticity. The collection really is a tribute to his single-mindedness and dedication and it’s no surprise that Andy feels immensely proud of what he has achieved, a wonderful creation that he has always been determined to share with others. His philosophy is simple: to spread and increase interest in the history of cricket.
Everyone, from young aspiring bowlers and batsmen in their school’s team, to mature life-long fans, will be simply spellbound when they first set eyes on this magnificent display.
In addition to the gallery area, there is a comfortable lounge where tea, coffee and delicious home-made cakes are served. What better way to spend some leisure time than in such a welcoming and educational atmosphere!