Rugby League Cares is enlisting the help of the sport’s supporters, players and administrators to help realise its ambition to deliver a world-class National Rugby League Museum.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2020, when Rugby League celebrates its 125-year anniversary, and will be located within the prestigious Grade 1-listed Bradford City Hall.
The charity is currently examining funding options and submitting grant applications for the project which aims to tell the story of Rugby League, its communities and the special place the sport holds in the hearts of people around the world.
To determine the public’s expectations for the long overdue facility – Rugby League is the only major sport without a dedicated national museum – RL Cares is asking fans to outline what they would like the museum to do by completing a special online survey.
“The National Rugby League Museum is a hugely exciting project and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have their say on how it will work for them,” said RL Cares Heritage Manager Brigid Power.
“Rugby League is a vibrant, modern, inclusive sport which has people and communities at its heart and the museum will reflect that.
“We would like to hear people’s thoughts on a wide range of topics, from how they became involved in Rugby League and what they think of the sport to what kind of museum they would like and how much they’d be prepared to pay as an entry fee.
“Rugby League has waited a long time for this museum and it’s really important that we get it right: this is an opportunity for fans not only to influence how we look at the past but to shape how the sport sees itself in the future.”
The museum will house RL Cares’ extensive collections, many of which are currently stored at Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield: these include memorabilia and documents from throughout the sport’s history, and private collections which have been purchased by, or bequeathed to the charity.
Bradford City Hall was selected following a lengthy consultation process involving local authorities, clubs and other interested parties and is less than 10 minutes from the national motorway network.
The museum will be easily accessible using public transport and will take its place in a city which also features the award-winning National Science and Media Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Saltaire.
The survey can be completed by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RLMuseum
Please complete the survey before April 14, 2017.