- World Rugby Museum stages special exhibition at Twickenham Stadium
- Items on show include Calcutta Cup and 2003 Rugby World Cup memorabilia
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The World Rugby Museum, the largest specialist rugby museum in the world, has opened a new Exhibition called ‘Treasure of the Collection’ which brings together some of the most historic rugby memorabilia from as far back as the 1800s.
Items in the exhibition range from the world’s oldest rugby trophy, the Calcutta Cup, to one of the balls from England victory at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
The museum, which is housed at Twickenham Stadium, is the home to the greatest rugby memorabilia collection in the world containing over 25,000 objects from rugby nations across the globe. As with many museums, the majority of the collection is kept behind closed doors but the new collection brings some of those hidden treasures back out into the spotlight.
The exhibition was recently opened by LeRoy Angel, Chairman of the Trustees of the Rugby Football Foundation, who said: "Most of the exhibits in the museum are truly unique and while some may be may be financially of little worth they are nevertheless beyond price.
"The museum captures everything that is good about the game of rugby and is a key part of the heritage we pass on to future generations. The faded shirts, yellowing programmes and well worn caps that are displayed represent the cherished objects of individuals and are precious memories of the history of our great game.
"Those who come to visit will find the rich tapestry of the game laid out before them."
The exhibition highlights the varied nature of the museum’s collection, including some more unusual items such as fan memorabilia and gifts from other unions. Further items in the exhibition include the Siam Cup, competed for annually by Jersey and Guernsey and minutes from the 1995 IRB meeting which legalised professionalism.
The exhibition runs until October 9, 2011 and the museum is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday. More information is available in the dedicated museum section of RFU.com, and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day from the RFU Store in the South Stand.