The Museum and Learning Centre (MLC) has been developed by the GCCC Heritage Trust, an independent registered charity set up in 2013 to establish and maintain a museum and learning centre. It will safeguard and share Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s rich past and continue to build its heritage for the future.
April 21st saw the opening of The MLC Experience, the new Museum and Learning Centre (MLC) at the Bristol County Ground. Among the 45 attendees, distinguished guests included The Lord Mayor of Bristol, The High Sheriff of Bristol, the next High Sheriff and Giles Clarke, CBE President of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Former England cricketer and Gloucestershire Captain, Mark Alleyne, performed the opening ceremony and got to meet a life-sized figure of himself whilst reliving some of his cup-winning years.
The MLC is open on match days and by appointment on other occasions e.g. for clubs or community groups such as the Sporting Memories Foundation which helps combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness. School groups will also be able to arrange visits to the MLC on non-match days.
Museum & Learning Centre
Next door to the Stumps Cafe at the Ashley Down Road end of the ground is the recently opened and highly praised GCCC Museum and Learning Centre which is run by GCCC Heritage Trust, an independent charity. Known as the MLC, entry is through the café. The MLC is open on match days (excluding T20 games) for an hour before play and during the lunch interval.
The Heritage Trust also produce an occasional series of booklets on aspects of the Club's rich history. Current Titles available include:
- 1. How a letter to an M.C.C. President proved the record books wrong about the identity of Charlie Greenway
- The Story of the West of England XI during the Wartime Years of 1944 and 1945
- Details of Gloucestershire Cricketers killed during the Great War
- Plans for a Gloucestershire Tour to India during the Winter of 1936-37 and the reasons why it didn't happen
Take a look at the series of booklets here
These are available on the ground in the MLC or by post from the author, and one of the Heritage Trust Trustees, Roger Gibbons at email@example.com.