Museum Displays

Museum displays concentrate on the history of Somerset County cricket. The displays are mainly static but there are several 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.

This month, hoping that it will whet people’s appetites to visit the museum during the opening County Championship Matches of the 2024 season, we have included some pictures of the new Anya Shrubsole and Vic Marks exhibits plus the interactive electronic units with updated displays and an updated Honours Board.

The online virtual tour is also available within the Museum, to enable visitors who are unable to go upstairs to view the upper galleries.

Last year (2023) we featured Victorian Art – a collection of miniature Paintings, One Day Matches (pre T20 and The 100), Hat-trick Heroes and contrasting Players Contracts (1939 & 2021).

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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 2019 (before Covid struck) there were 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.