ORAL HISTORY AND CRICKET Neil Robinson – Research Officer – Marylebone Cricket Club
Taking the Field: origins of a project • ‘Tale Enders’ – a collaboration between Glamorgan CCC and the University of Glamorgan • What is a ‘digital story’? • Despite the technology, it’s all about the story! • What Tale Enders taught us…. • Proposal for a broader collaboration – across the UK and overseas – between the University and MCC
The Plan • ‘Taking the Field’ to be a full-time project, operated by a dedicated member of staff, with its own website / social media structure • Funding through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) • Application… • Application… • Application…….
The Project • Working with clubs in the UK and Sri Lanka • On site visits to collect material & conduct interviews • Toolkits for clubs & individuals • A dedicated website – www.takingthefield.com • Using social media to create a community of interest • Publicity to get more clubs involved…
Hang on… what do we get out of all this? • MCC Museum’s first online project • Coverage of grassroots cricket within the collections • Improved audio visual content • Attraction of new audiences
Lessons Learned • For the clubs, it’s all about the cricket • Beware the dominating voice… • Why do it yourself if someone else can do it for you?
Taking the Field – Talking the Future • Project funded by KTP to run 2010 to 2012 • What happens beyond this? • Other funding opportunities….
Taking the Field will return in….. Beyond the Boundary An MCC Production in association with the University of Leicester, Department of Urban History