At the Basin Reserve today, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announced that the Wellington City Council will receive a proposal to retain, strengthen, and restore the Museum Stand.
As the main tenant of this building for the past 30 years, the New Zealand Cricket Museum are in complete support of this proposal.
The Museum is currently one of just three professional sports’ museums in New Zealand and boasts a collection in excess of 25,000 objects. Visitation to the Museum has increased each year over the past five years, while the Museum’s online following has seen enabled new and engaging connections to the wider community.
In the last six months the Museum has introduced Virtual Reality cricket – giving all visitors a chance to feel what it’s like to step out on to the Basin, launched a major project to publish a history of women in New Zealand cricket, and purchased items significant to our national history through a successful and unique crowdfunding campaign.
In recent years, the Museum has also invested heavily in representing the Basin Reserve and offering a touchpoint for visitors to the ground, whether on event days or just for visitors who are eager to see the iconic ground.
New Zealand Cricket Museum Director, Jamie Bell, spoke of the Museum’s place at the historic ground and hinted at what the future holds,
“The Basin Reserve has long been an important site for the community and the Museum has increasingly focused on being the conduit for that connection.
“As we move closer surety over the Museum Stand’s future and our place within it, we look forward to developing new experiences that celebrate the iconic Basin Reserve, our summer game, and the broader social history of Aotearoa.”
The New Zealand Cricket Museum looks forward to working with the Council, Cricket Wellington, and the Basin Reserve Trust towards ensuring a redeveloped stand becomes a vibrant feature of this historic ground.