Maurice Oldroyd, David Thorpe, Paul Morgan, & Tony Collins opening the exhibition
After 15 months of collecting and borrowing memorabilia, interviewing players, officials and supporters, and filming various events, the heritage project is ready to share its findings in the largest-ever exhibition about rugby league in Huddersfield, the birthplace of the game.
The exhibition will cover a chronology of the ups and downs of amateur and professional game in the town, from the earliest days of rugby union, to the birth of the Northern Union in 1895, to Huddersfield’s 1914-15 ‘Team of All Talents’, both world wars right through to the Super League era.
The memorabilia includes original medals, shirts, caps and even shoulder pads, plus images, posters, match-day programmes, booklets and documents. As well as memorabilia, there will be films, snippets from interviews, access to the project’s website, interactive challenges and a quiz that doubles as a trail.
The main exhibition will be in the museum’s Community Room, but in addition the upstairs gallery will display over 30 framed photographs, shirts and works of art about rugby league in Huddersfield.
Project Manager Brian Heywood said: "We are extremely grateful to the large number of supporters who have donated or loaned their material to the project. The RFL Archive at the University of Huddersfield, which includes the Huddersfield Past Players’ collection, is also lending some outstanding material to be exhibited".-->