Tale-Enders: Gathering the Narrative Heritage of Welsh Cricket

February 14, 2008

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We are proud to announce our parnership with Glamorgan Cricket called `Tale-Enders’ as part of the Museum of Welsh Cricket project at the cricket club’s redeveloped stadium in Cardiff.

The Museum, located on the ground floor of The Really Welsh Pavilion at the club’s impressive new stadium in Cardiff, will celebrate the long, and rich, history of Welsh cricket, both at professional and club level. With this in mind, the `Tale-Enders` project – funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council – will see research staff at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling gather and record the memories and artefacts of leading Welsh clubs and their members.

This archive material will form the heart of a series of displays when the Museum opens in the Autumn of 2008. The oral histories and digital images will also be assembled on a cricket heritage website which will support the activities of the Museum which has already received a generous grant of £516,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, especially the education and outreach programmes ahead of the Ashes Test Match between England and Australia at the Cardiff ground in 2009.

We will be advertising for a Research Fellow to work on the project shortly.

Dr. Andrew Hignell, the Heritage and Education Manager at Glamorgan Cricket, who has overseen the development of the Museum project and the establishment of a link with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, said “These are very exciting times in Welsh cricket. I’m delighted that the fascinating histories of some of our leading cricket clubs are going to be collated in the course of the next few months.”

“Cricket is the oldest team sport in Wales, and until recently, few attempts had been made to celebrate its key role in our social history. This ground-breaking work will significantly add to our knowledge about the way communities throughout Wales have come together to enjoy healthy recreation. By using the latest technology, the `Tale-Enders` project will also present information in a sustainable and highly accessible way, allowing people to easily find out more about these clubs, both now and in the future.”

“I have no doubt that the results of this project, and the collaboration with a series of well-established clubs, will provide the Museum of Welsh Cricket with some stimulating and vibrant displays when the state-of-the-art facility opens later in 2008, as well as when tens of thousands of people visit the Cardiff ground for the Ashes Test Match in 2009.”

Professor Mike Wilson, Head of Research at the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, based in the University`s new ATRiuM building in the Welsh capital, said “This is an exciting project in which to be involved. New technologies are changing the face of museums and allowing us all to participate in creating and curating our own heritage. The stories collected in this project will create a unique living archive giving a rich history of cricket in Wales and leading the way in sports heritage.
“Tale-Enders is also the first oral history project with a sporting theme to be supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities.” ”

Jennifer Stewart, Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said “The Heritage Lottery Fund has worked hard over the past five years to show that heritage can be much more than old buildings. This exciting project demonstrates that heritage – in all its forms – has something to offer everyone, no matter what your interest or passion”.

Following consultation with the Cricket Board of Wales (CBW), who oversee the governance of the recreational game throughout the Principality, the Tale-Enders project will initially involve cricket clubs from Colwyn Bay, Cresselly, Gowerton, Llantwit Major, St. Fagans and Usk. Other clubs will be invited to participate in subsequent stages as further material is collected ahead of the 2009 season, and the first Test Match to be staged on Welsh soil.

To read the project description click here.

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