The Rugby Football Museum will house a unique collection of rugby artefacts and memorabilia, donated to the museum by unions and players the world over. Depicting the history and development of the game.
The museum will be situated just a short distance from Rugby School and the close, where William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran with it, creating our great game.
Visitors to the museum will be able to discover how the first rugby balls were manufactured and find out how Gilbert and fellow Rugbeian Richard Lindon created the ball's distinctive oval shape.With history at your fingertips, you will be able to follow the history of the game over the ages. The equipment and players over the ages. The museum will have many more unique exhibits which bring the history of rugby alive - all housed inside a purpose built facility.
When William Webb Ellis gathered a football at Rugby School and ran with it, a game was born. And though the game has changed since Webb Ellis created history in 1823, its heart remains in the town of Rugby. It's the reason thousands of rugby fans flock to Rugby every year - to make the pilgrimage to the proud home and birthplace of the game. During your visit you can discover how Rugby gave the game to the world and how today's global sport still has its roots in the town.You can visit The Close at Rugby School, the hallowed turf where the game began, the bronze statue of William Webb Ellis which celebrates the moment he carved his name in history, and the state of the art Rugby Hall of Fame. Explore the town of Rugby by following the Pathway of Fame - a trail of bronze plaques which celebrate the icons of the game.For rugby fans, a visit to Rugby offers the unique opportunity to visit the place where it all began - the chance to discover the heart of the game.
We are therefore asking all supporters of our great game to help us realize this ambition.
Initially we need to find out what treasures we have. Therefore we need to investigate, photograph and catalogue all of the items doanted by players and unions from across the world. We need to refurbish and make good the building. We need to redecorate a number of rooms in readiness for displays and exhibitions and we need to improve lighting and security systems. We have plenty of willing volunteers lined up to help and your money will help us buy the products and specialised services required at this early stage. We would also like to develop a interactive website so that all of our supporters can follow and participate with us on this fantastic journey.
This will be followed by the next stage which will be to create interactive experiences for visitors. So visitors can get the true rugby experience first hand.
Stage 2 would be to extend and develop the rest of the building (over 2 further floors) install disabled access and develop the building into the iconic venue it should be.
Our plans are ambitious, but with your help we feel we can achieve it.
Thanks for listening.