Rugby League Heritage on Tour
30 September 2014
The ground-breaking 'Rugby League Heritage on Tour' travelling
exhibition from Rugby League Cares will open at the History Centre
on 1 October and be on display until 23 October.
It's impossible to tell the story of Hull, its
culture and its people without also telling the story of rugby
league. Ever since the first rugby match was played in the city
almost 150 years ago, the game has been part of the lifeblood of
the city. The exhibition tells the story of the game, its players
and supporters and, most importantly, the communities that made the
As well as historic memorabilia, including a
player's shirt from the first-ever rugby league test match and the
ball from the famous 1954 Challenge Cup final replay, the
exhibition tells the story of the game's split from rugby union,
the first World Cup, the banning of league in World War Two France
and much, much more.
The story of black players is told, including
1950s Hull coach Roy Francis and Hull and Rovers' great Clive
Sullivan, while women's involvement in the game features the city's
own Kay Ibbetson and Julia Lee. Amateur rugby league history is
Saturday 4 October
Rugby League Cares’ Heritage
Manager, Victoria Dawson will be giving tours of the display.
Saturday 18 October 11.30 am
To mark Black History Month Professor Tony Collins will give a talk
on Roy Francis, followed by discussion with players who played
under him in the great Hull side of the 1950s, including Colin
Hutton and Johnny Whiteley.
Whether you're a rugby league fan, a lover of
social history or someone who wants to know what makes the city of
Hull tick, this is an exhibition not to be missed.