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Winning the Ashes

The Lord's museum of cricket attracts visitors from all over the world

  • inca, prism, vista and mono showcases used at the mcc lords museum

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was founded in 1787 as a private members club dedicated to the development of cricket.

The MCC Museum which is part of the Lord's Cricket Ground is the oldest sporting museum in the world and houses many famous and priceless cricketing exhibits, including The Ashes urn.

Created in 1883, the famous and fiercely contested Ashes urn was given to the England cricket captain, the Honourable Ivo Bligh after England had beaten the Australians in the 1882-83 Test series. On his death in 1927, the widow of Ivo Bligh bequeathed the tiny urn to MCC where it has remained on display in the MCC Museum and is currently housed in a ClickNetherfield display case. The Ashes Series (always between the English and Australian teams) is the most fiercely contested cricketing contest in the world.

Most of the collection is housed in a series of very large Inca system cases (around 25 linear mtrs in total) arranged around the walls, with smaller items housed in a number of free-standing Prism cases - including the stuffed sparrow which was famously "bowled out" by Jehangir Khan in 1927. The Ashes urn is housed in a separate Vista case on the first floor.

The Lord's Museum is visited by tens of thousands of cricket enthusiasts every year, from all corners of the world.

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What's Inside

The Lord's museum of cricket attracts visitors from all over the world

Museum

MCC Museum, Lord's Cricket Ground, London

Date

2002

Designer

Ronayne Design

Cases Used

Inca, Prism, Vista and Mono