Tale-Enders: Gathering the Narrative Heritage of Welsh Cricket

By Michael Wilson.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Tale-enders is a collaborative project between the Cricket Board of Wales and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of Glamorgan, aimed at gathering the narrative heritage of Welsh Cricket. The project coincides with the redevelopment of the Glamorgan cricket ground at Sophia Gardens. Working with six representative cricket clubs throughout Wales, a wide-range of stories, memories and reminiscences are being gathered from club members, players and spectators for deposit in the new Museum of Welsh Cricket, which is part of the development programme. The stories are being collected in a range of forms (such as digital stories) and will be accessible from terminals inside the Museum and via the internet. It is also hoped to make the stories available for download within the ground and for broadcast during intervals and play interruptions on match days on the in-ground giant screen. This project is currently ongoing and this paper takes the form of a report on the work so far in gathering oral histories and narratives from the Welsh cricketing communities. The project aims to involve the cricketing community in developing the museum’s collections and giving a sense of ownership of the museum to all the sport’s stakeholders in Wales, thus democratising its collections, as well as significantly enhancing the visitor experience through the exploitation of new technology.

Keywords: Storytelling, Sport, Cricket, Oral History, Digital Technology

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.83-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.790MB).

Prof. Michael Wilson

Head of Research, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Michael Wilson is Head of Research, Professor of Drama and Co-Director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling in the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan. He has particular teaching and research interests in popular, political, community and vernacular forms of performance. His background is in community theatre, in which he has been involved as an actor, director, writer and animateur and also has enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional storyteller. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter in 1997 and has published widely on varying aspects of storytelling practice and, in particular, on teenage storytelling culture (Performance and Practice: Oral Narratives Among Teenagers in Britain and Ireland, Ashgate, 1997). His latest book, Storytelling and Theatre was published by Palgrave in 2005. Mike is also series co-editor for Papyrus, a series of occasional refereed research papers on storytelling.


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