Museum displays concentrate on the history of Somerset County cricket. The displays are mainly static but there are two TV screen features, one interactive. There are displays illustrating the development of cricket equipment over the years, the playing records of past Somerset heroes, anecdotes about some of the lesser known players, cricket blazers and benefit ties.
There are also displays covering England women’s cricket and I Zingari, a cricket club founded in 1843 and one of the oldest wandering clubs in the world.
New displays are mounted every season. 2018 will be the last year of a display in which we honour the memory of the fourteen men who had played for Somerset who were killed in the First World War and the twenty men who won gallantry medals. We also show the medals won by two of them.
In our office building we hold most of the archives of the County Cricket Club and the archives of the Women’s Cricket Association, which administered England women’s cricket at national and international level between 1926 and 1999, when control passed to the ECB. Genuine researchers may be granted access to these archives. Museum volunteers use them to answer questions from many sources.
The office building also stages book sales during the lunch breaks of four day and fifty over games. Every year we are given literally hundreds of cricket books, including Wisdens and Yearbooks, and are pleased to sell them on to cricket lovers at very low prices. The revenue contributes to our running costs of about £8,000 a year.