Cornwall

Appeal for Cornwall's Olympic memorabilia

  • 15 March 2011
  • From the section Cornwall
An artist's impression of the main Olympic Stadium
Image caption An artist's impression of the main Olympic Stadium

The countdown has begun for the 2012 Olympics with tickets officially going on sale.

To celebrate the event, museums across Cornwall will be displaying rare Cornish sporting memorabilia.

They are appealing to the public to get in touch with any artefacts or anecdotes they may have and would be willing to donate.

These sporting exhibits will then form part of the displays during Olympic year.

Lord Coe, the former MP for Falmouth and Camborne, has described the event as a life-changing moment, with tickets being cherished and events described to grandchildren in years to come.

'People stories'

Dr Jo Mattingly, one of Cornwall's Museum Development officers, said: "This is a really good opportunity to look at Cornish history through sport.

"We did a previous project, 'A History of Cornwall in 100 objects' and about half a dozen of those were sporting items, so we have things like a hurling ball, surfboards, a rugby shirt and a Mexican medal for football because the Cornish miners took football over there.

"As much as anything we're looking for people stories and we are trying to encourage museums to work with their local sports clubs."

If you would like to get involved you can contact your local museum in Cornwall or contact jo.mattingly@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk at The Royal Cornwall Museum.

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