Displays

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.

In 2019 there are displays about Jimmy Cook, Somerset players  in the World Cup and the series of four books about the lives in and out of cricket of every player who played for Somerset between 1882 and 2000.  The books, which make for easy and interesting reading, are based on meticulous research and are available from the County Sports shop, next to the museum.

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.

In our office building we hold most of the archives of the County Cricket Club. Genuine researchers may be granted access to them. 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.