BARBADIANS LOVE CRICKET! Thus, it was no surprise that the opening of the first ever cricket museum in Barbados, Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum, in May, 2010 was an historic event etched in the hearts of cricket lovers and Barbadians. Centrally located in Herbert House, Fontabelle, St. Michael or just yards away from the world class Kensington Oval, the cricket museum is home to a wealth of information featuring Barbados’ legendary cricketers. Filled with memorabilia dating as far back at the early 1900s, the museum takes you on a nostalgic trip to the more glorious days of the West Indies when the team fiercely dominated the world of cricket.
In fact, visitors are greeted by the numerous legends whose pictures are beautifully displayed against the wall on the right hand side of the Portrait Room. With eight of those members on the wall considered icons for their sterling and outstanding performances throughout the years, their statistics and brief biography can be viewed under each respective portrait. These Icons are Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Reverend Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Seymour Nurse, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Joel Garner.
In the Heritage Room, there are exhibits dating back to 1895 and one will learn about the early masters of Barbados cricket. From personal experience, be prepared to let your imagination rove as the photo depictions are worth a thousand words and the passionate faces of the players depict the enthusiasm they possessed for the sport.
The Icons Room has collections from Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge, the game’s most notable opening pair. But this room wouldn’t be complete without a dedication to Sir Garfield Sobers, the game’s greatest all-rounder. While the Press Gallery is home to old newspaper clippings and articles that greatly honor the contribution of the media to the development and promotion of cricket over the years. Also noteworthy is the concept of “Cellars”, which revolves around the capture of historical high points, milestones and changes at some of the major ovals like Sabina Park and Kensington Oval.
So whether your desire is to gain an insight to Barbados’s cricketing history or to obtain some of the keepsakes available, this museum will meet your every cricket need.