Thursday, 23 June 2011

Anyone for cricket?

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, ST41

Today is National Cricket Day on Thursday 23rd June. It's not part of a ploy by the country's cricketing authorities to get us all to pick up a bat - it is actually aimed at schools and is part of the Chance to Shine campaign, providing cricket themed lessons and coaching.

All this talk of cricket reminds me of a 1950s printed textile we have in the museum's collections depicting a landscape design of cricketing scenes. The gentlemen cricketers are shown demonstrating five batting and bowling positions - I wonder if the cricket stars involved in National Cricket Day will be coaching school kids the same positions?

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, SD19432

The textile is from the Silver Studio Collection and was designed by Lewis Jones who worked at the Studio from 1910 until his death in 1953.

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