Digging into past of Derbyshire’s proud heritage of cricket wins

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A unique project recording Derbyshire’s distinguished cricket history has been boosted by £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Proud To Be Derbyshire Project is the brainchild of The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.

The scheme aims to produce an extensive photographic archive which will boast content spanning the last 140 years, both online and at its permanent home, the 3aaa County Ground.

Members, volunteers, community clubs, schools and other stakeholders are all taking part in the project which is expected to be completed by December 2015.

The Cricket Derbyshire director of partnerships Ryan Duckett said he was pleased to receive the funding.

“We are delighted to have received this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund,” he said.

“The project will inspire, safeguard and promote the heritage of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and its intrinsic links with people across the county.

“It will offer learning and volunteering opportunities as well as encouraging generations to share memories and better understand the heritage of cricket and the county.”

Vanessa Harbar, acting head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said cricket played an important role in Derbyshire’s culture. She said: “Cricket is much loved by people across Derbyshire and the County Cricket Club has a fascinating and distinguished history involving some of the sport’s greatest players.”

People of all ages from around the county can get involved in the organisation through voulunteering, fundraising, sponsorship and more.

The HLF’s aim is to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK.

and help build a resilient heritage economy by investing in areas ranging from museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions.