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 sport.

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 also highlighted.

Saturday 4 October 11am-2pm
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.