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News release


Rugby League Heritage on tour visits Workington

4 November 2014

Workington has always been one of rugby league's heartlands. Ever since it was first played here in Victorian times, rugby has always been more than just a game for the local community. From the pioneers of amateur rugby league, to the cup and championship glory of the Gus Risman years, to the steady stream of international players born in Cumbria, this is a region that is part of the very heartbeat of the greatest game of all.

Workington has been a pioneer in rugby league history in another way. The story of Workington’s historic women of the Marsh and Quay is central to new research on women’s involvement in the sport that features in the ground-breaking, Heritage Lottery funded 'Rugby League Heritage on Tour' travelling exhibition from Rugby League Cares.

The exhibition opens on 10 November and continues until November 21st at Workington’s Helena Thompson Museum. It 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.

On Tuesday 11th November from 11am until 2pm there will be a the opportunity to bring in photographs and memorabilia and share your memories of rugby in the area, and get the chance to chat to the exhibition’s head curator, Rugby League Cares’ Heritage Manager, Victoria Dawson. At 11am you can hear a short talk on Workington’s historic rugby league women.

On Thursday 20th November, anyone interested in local history can get details of an exciting new volunteer project taking place in Workington that literally aims to put Workington’s community and rugby league history on the map!

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Growth, said: “When I first spoke to the RFL about the exhibition, I knew that there was only one place it could go and that was the Helena Thompson Museum, I'm really looking forward to it and I know it will be a huge success".

Whether you're a rugby league fan or a lover of social history, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

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Allerdale Borough Council
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