World Rugby Museum

World Rugby Museum The World Rugby Museum in the East Stand of Twickenham Stadium formerly opened as ‘The Museum of Rugby’ in 1996. It became the World Rugby Museum in 2007.Its collection comprises over 37,000 pieces of rugby memorabilia, boots, balls, jerseys, programmes, match-tickets, books and assorted paraphernalia.EducationThe World Rugby Museum’s education facilities predominantly comprise its ‘Workshops and Seminars’ programme.Workshops involve a series of hands-on, curriculum-focused active-learning sessions, such as: ‘Rugby Strips & Textiles’, ‘What Kind of Rugby Player Are You?’ and ‘How to be a Rugby Fitness Coach’.Seminars are delivered by professionals from within the Rugby Football Union and include: ‘Twickenham Control’, ‘Commercial Twickenham’ and ‘Pro Sports Coaching’.‘Workshops and Seminars’ received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education in 2010.CollectionsThe World Rugby Museum has the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world and includes over 25,000 recorded objects, 7,000 pieces of archival material and 7-8,000 photographs.It includes the RFU collection, the Harry Langton Collection and the RFU Rugby Archive.Star items include: the Calcutta Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, an 1871 England Jersey and Cap and an 1888 Anglo-Australian Tour Jersey and Cap.The World Rugby Museum is a museum of international rugby history and includes objects from all over the globe.Rugby ArchiveThe Rugby Archive consists of over 7,000 pieces of archival material including books, match-programmes, minutes and club histories.Star items include: Rugby Football Union minutes 1871-1949, the 1907 Twickenham Stadium deeds, a photograph album relating to the first British and Irish lions Tour of South Africa in 1891, the original 'Football Rules' as produced at Rugby School in 1845 and the Rugby Football Union's 1871 'Proposed Laws of the Game'.

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