Our Sporting Life Exhibition

Touring Surrey in 2011

Our Sporting Life on tour in Surrey

In 2011 the Our Sporting Life exhibition will be on tour around Surrey.

Shrove Tuesday Street Football, 1897, courtesy of Dorking Museum

Shrove Tuesday Street Football, 1897,
courtesy of Dorking Museum

The exhibition will be on display at:

7th to 31st March: Send and Ripley Museum
21st March – 7th of April: Chertsey Museum
9th April – 14th of May: Guildford Museum
21st May – 18th of June: Spelthorne Museum
21st June – 9th of July: Godalming Museum
11th – 31st of July: Haslemere Educational Museum
10th to 24th of August: Rural Life Centre, Tilford
1st to the 17th of September: Museum of Farnham
2nd to the 9th of October: Guildford Spectrum
11th October to the 11th of November: Surrey History Centre,

Use the links to visit the websites for each venue.

The exhibition

Vickers Tug Of War team, courtesy of Byfleet Heritage Society

Vickers Tug Of War team,
courtesy of Byfleet Heritage Society

Our Sporting Life is a four-year, nationwide project developed by the Sports Heritage Network designed to give every community the opportunity to celebrate its sporting heritage in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our Sporting Life will reveal hidden sporting histories, forgotten heroes, objects and stories in communities across the UK.

A series of  over 100 community exhibitions will be held throughout the country. Built around a nationally developed model, the community exhibitions will identify the sporting moments, heroes, objects, photographs and experiences that have inspired local people.

Our Sporting Life will culminate during the London Games in 2012 as the worlds greatest ever exhibition of Britains sporting heritage, hosted at a major central London venue and designed to attract over 500,000 visitors.

Brooklands, Massed Start Bicycle Road Race, c.1937, courtesy of Brooklands Museum

Brooklands, Massed Start Bicycle Road Race, c.1937,
courtesy of Brooklands Museum

Highlight objects and stories from the national community exhibitions will be joined by icons and treasures from our national sports such as the Ashes Urn, Calcutta Cup and the football from the 1966 World Cup Final to provide a unique insight into how sport has shaped the country, its communities and people.

Do you have any sporting stories you want to share? If so use the “Have your say” box at the bottom of this page to let us know.

Surrey can boast many sporting firsts, including:

  • A Base Ball match in Shere in 1775, mentioned in a William Bray diary.
  • Following an 1880s football match in Surrey the Football Association instructed clubs to use crossbars on goals.
  • In 1772, as a result of some very accurate bowling by Lumpy Stevens, the third stump was introduced in to the game of cricket.
  • A women’s cricket match between the villages of Bramley and Hambledon, near Guildford, was reported in The Reading Mercury on 26 July 1745.

Find out more about the sporting re-enactments and other events that will be taking place in Surrey during 2011.

Annual Heritage Lecture at Surrey History Centre

Saturday October 15th, 2011. The Annual Heritage Lecture at Surrey History Centre will be given by Julian Norridge, author of Can We Have Our Balls Back, Please? : How the British Invented Sport and Then Almost Forgot How to Play It

Other related websites:

Our Sporting Life website.

Surrey2012 website.

1948 Olympic Torch Run Through Surrey.

2 thoughts on “Our Sporting Life Exhibition”

  1. As part of this year\’s local contribution to Heritage Open Days, we are staging a cricket match on Cotmandene. Two-stump, under arm bowling with a copy of an original bat and the players in period costumes. This year Dorking CC are taking on Newdigate CC on Sunday 11 September, Cotmandene, Dorking 1430-1700. For more information please contact [email protected]. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the match and admire the stunning views.

  2. Ross Vicars says:

    The Tug of War team is New Haw and Woodham, not Vickers as captioned – the puller at the front is Tommy Crossman.
    I pulled for New Haw for several years and am sure I am right.

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