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Going to match at Twickenham, or planning a guided, on field and England locker room tour, then a must add on is a visit to the World Rugby Museum in the East Stand.
Originally called the Museum of Rugby, it has changed to World Rugby Museum to accommodate the international aspect of the sport.
Under the professional guidance of experienced Curator, Michael Rowe, the space is a treasure trove of rugby artifacts and memorabilia, cataloging over 25,000 objects. It attracts about 30,000 visitors annually, welcoming individual visits and group tours.
The collection has gathered important, one-of-a-kind objects including the Calcutta Cup (Scotland Vs. England), the original cap and white England jersey from the first international played against Scotland in 1871, the 1905 All Black shirt on New Zealand’s famous tour, and many other clothing items, including old blazers and thousands of ties.
Additionally, visitors can read the 1871 minutes of the formation of the International Rugby Union, and also hand-written account of the “Laws.”
To make the experience more fun for young children, the museum has installed some inter-active attractions to test agility and perception.
For scholars or historians, an extensive library covers past match programs, individual scrapbooks, letters, and books on the subject. The museum welcomes objects and other items rugby related.
Adults £8, Under 16/Over 60 £6
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 to 5 p.m.
Monday – Closed
World Rugby Museum
Twickenham, TWI 1DZ
Telephone: 0208 892 8877
For anyone who loves sports history, the Museum represents a charming and involving gathering of all things rugby.