Visitors will have the chance to see the Cricket World Cup Trophy at Beamish Museum on Monday, April 8, as part of a national tour.
The Trophy stops off at the museum as part of a tour of England and Wales ahead of this summer’s Cricket World Cup.
Rhiannon Hiles, Beamish’s deputy director, said: “We are so excited about the Cricket World Cup Trophy coming to Beamish on its tour. We have been representing the social history of cricket in the region for some years now at the museum and have annual matches at the museum which are always popular.
“It is really important to us to ensure that the activity and its history is told here at the museum and we are very pleased to host the World Cup Trophy on its travels.”
The trophy will be visiting the museum’s 1900s Pit Village from 9.30am to noon. However, the rest of the museum and transport will be running from 10am as usual. Beamish will be celebrating the region’s colliery cricket heritage, including cricket activities and a chance to see cricket objects and photographs from its collection.
After visiting Beamish on the morning of 8 April, the trophy will leave the museum at 12pm and spend the afternoon at Durham’s Emirates Riverside cricket ground in Chester-le-Street.
Durham Cricket is hosting three World Cup games this year: South Africa v Sri Lanka on June 28, Sri Lanka v West Indies on July 1 and England v New Zealand on July 3. The trophy will be lifted by the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winners at Lord’s cricket ground on July 14.
David Jackson, marketing director at Durham Cricket, said: “We are delighted to be able to take the Trophy to Beamish. The pit villages really represent the roots of the local game so where better to play cricket than in a traditional village at the museum? I’m sure it will be a fun experience for everyone who comes along to see the trophy and play in the games.”
The Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour event marks the start of Beamish’s Easter holiday activities.
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