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