- Museum will move to the South Stand
- Current museum will close on 1 March
- Will display more of the museum’s 37,000 objects
The World Rugby Museum at Twickenham will move from the East Stand to the South Stand at the end of this year’s RBS 6 Nations and reopen in winter 2017-2018.
Visitors have until the end of February to visit the East Stand Museum before closure on the 1 March. Twickenham Stadium Tours and ‘From the Vaults’ online blog will continue during the interim.
The new museum will be a significant upgrade from its current location, and presents an opportunity for it to improve its content and modernise its interpretive methods, says museum curator, Phil McGowan."It will house the world’s most prestigious collection of rugby memorabilia."
“The cutting edge new museum will be bigger, better, brighter and more interactive than ever before,” he added.
“It will house the world’s most prestigious collection of rugby memorabilia. It will include commentary, film and match-footage from the most iconic moments, memorable tours and greatest players in the history of what is the world’s most dramatic team sport.
“It will also include purpose-built events, education and research facilities and invite visitors to engage in the game with exciting hands-on interactive exhibits.”
The museum began life as the ‘Museum of Rugby’ in 1996 before rebranding as the ‘World Rugby Museum’ in 2008.
Its collection - that includes the RFU and Harry Langton rugby collections - has increased significantly since 1996, and the move represents an opportunity to become more object focused and better tell the true story of rugby from around the world.
Early estimations are that the new gallery will feature more than three times as many objects as it does currently, and cover iconic teams from around the world and from all eras, including the 1924 New Zealand side, the 1900s Wales teams, the 1971 and 1974 British & Irish Lions sides, as well as the 2003 England team.