Beverley’s sporting history to the fore in new Guildhall exhibition

A new exhibition looking at a different aspect of the town’s history opens at the Beverley Community Museum in Beverley’s Guildhall on Friday 18 March. Instead of looking at industries or places, the exhibition, “Sporting Beverley”, presents an overview of the history of organised sport in the town, including football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf and horse racing, amongst others.

Fiona Jenkinson, curator of the Community Museum, said: “The exhibition had to be an overview of Beverley’s sporting history because of the wide range of different sports that are popular in the town. We have tried to present as full a selection as possible, from team sports like football and rugby, to individual sports like golf, and sports that are important to the town like horse racing.

“We have also included some of the ‘disorganised sports’ that have characterised Beverley’s history, including Race Sunday Football which eventually had to end when the Riot Act was read to the participants after the mayor was knocked down outside St Mary’s Church. We hope that this exhibition will appeal to a slightly different audience and bring a new range of visitors to the Guildhall.”

Sporting Beverley” opens on Friday 18 March, and runs until 15 July.

The Guildhall is located in Register Square next to the main post office and is open from 10am to 4pm every Friday, from 10am to 1pm on Wednesdays until 30th April and from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays from May 1st. Admission is free.

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