National Rugby League Museum plans discussed in Parliament
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group welcomed representatives of Rugby League Cares to the Palace of Westminster yesterday evening (Tuesday 31 January), to discuss plans for a National Rugby League Museum.
MPs and Peers were joined by associate members in Parliament, and heard from Professor Tony Collins, Brigid Power and Chris Rostron about the campaign to establish a world-class National Rugby League Museum in Bradford’s City Hall.
Rugby League Cares are currently working on a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will be submitted. The aim is for the museum to explain how and why rugby league has become a key part of England’s heritage and way of life, and to tell a story of the people and the communities who form such an integral part of it. The museum will also explain how and why the game has spread from England around the globe.
Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland MP, said “Members of the Group were delighted to hear about the fantastic plans for a National Rugby League Museum. Rugby league has a long and rich history and it is only right that a sport with such a special heritage is celebrated is celebrated with a world-class museum which tells the story of the game, its players, and its communities. The Parliamentary Rugby League Group will do all that it can to support RL Cares’ plans, and I hope that the museum will be able to protect rugby league’s heritage and culture for future generations.”
Professor Tony Collins, a trustee of Rugby League Cares, spoke to the Group. He said “rugby league is an important part of our heritage and culture, particularly in the north of England. It is vital that there is a national museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the game, past and present, and I hope that the museum will have a positive impact on people’s lives, offering wide-ranging benefits for communities associated with rugby league. We have now found an excellent venue in Bradford City Hall, and hope that we will be successful in securing funding to build a museum befitting of the sport’s long and proud history.”