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1904 George Hirst relic for Yorkshire Museum

— 1 April 2013

Archives ambassador Brian Sanderson got more than the icing on the cake when he took a museum display from Headingley to the latest meeting of Yorkshire County Cricket Club Southern Group in London.

Brian had been invited to speak on the work of the Yorkshire Cricket Archives Committee to mark Yorkshire’s 150 years of history as a county club, and RAF Sgt. Mark Bristow told the story of Yorkshire cricketers in the armed forces.

Southern Group Secretary June Hirst presented Brian with a parcel for the Yorkshire Archives, and on opening it Brian found a George Hirst cake stand which had been sold as part of the great all-rounder’s benefit year in 1904. The plate had belonged to a relative of George, and had been put away in a drawer.

Also inside were photographs of the young George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes together with a Centenary Brochure of Kirkheaton Cricket club, 1883-1983.

Brian said: “This is a very important acquisition for the Yorkshire Archives Committee. How many other Yorkshire cricket treasures are there out there?”

The next Open Day at Headingley for members and supporters to show what items of cricket memorabilia they have will be on Sunday, June 23, the third day of the Yorkshire v. Surrey Championship match.

Brian can be found in the East Stand Long Room next to the tie cabinet from 10am until 11am and  at  lunchtime and teatime. Please bring along your items during these periods. Brian may wish to photograph them or scan them overnight, returning them the next day.

Where items are thought to be worthy of inclusion in the Yorkshire Cricket Museum they do not have to be given to the Archives Committee outright. Some families hand over material on long-term loan, which means that they can reclaim them at some point in the future.