Empire and Umpires: Cricket and our colonial past

18th century Pett cricket bat on loan from the Vine Cricket Club, © Kent County Council Sevenoaks Museum. It is the second oldest cricket bat on display in a museum.

2 October 2021 to 10 March 2022

The history of international cricket is tied up with the legacy of Empire, but it has also been central to resistance, activism, and positive change beyond the cricket pitch.

Learn about the origins of international cricket and the sporting achievements of Black players and other historically marginalised groups.

Discover the story of the all Aboriginal first international Australian cricket team, and see an object from their 1868 tour, never before seen in Sevenoaks.

Find out how Sevenoaks has played a part in both cricket and colonial history.

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