World Rugby Museum

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World Rugby Museum
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World Rugby Museum is located in Greater London
World Rugby Museum
Location within Greater London
Established 1996
Location Twickenham Stadium
Coordinates 51°27′18″N 0°20′26″W / 51.45502°N 0.34049°W / 51.45502; -0.34049

The World Rugby Museum in the East Stand of Twickenham Stadium formerly opened as ‘The Museum of Rugby’ in 1996. It became the World Rugby Museum in 2007.

Its collection comprises over 24,000 pieces of rugby memorabilia, boots, balls, jerseys, programmes, match-tickets, books and assorted paraphernalia.


The World Rugby Museum has several fluid exhibition spaces in which it rotates objects from its collection and curates a regular programme of special exhibitions.

Past exhibitions have included: HQ at 100, One Century Hundreds of Moments. More Than A Tour, the 1905 All-Blacks. Gone But Not Forgotten, Rugby Players at War. England 2010, the Women's Rugby World Cup. From War to Tour, 1906 and the First Springboks.

Permanent exhibitions include: The Twickenham Wall of Fame, The Birth of Rugby and The World of Rugby.

Twickenham Wall of Fame[edit]

The Wall of Fame was opened by Martin Johnson (rugby union) on 3 June 2005. It is a celebration of the best players from all over the world to have played at Twickenham Stadium.


The World Rugby Museum’s education facilities predominantly comprise its ‘Workshops and Seminars’ programme.

Workshops involve a series of hands-on, curriculum-focused active-learning sessions, such as: ‘Rugby Strips & Textiles’, ‘What Kind of Rugby Player Are You?’ and ‘How to be a Rugby Fitness Coach’.

Seminars are delivered by professionals from within the Rugby Football Union and include: ‘Twickenham Control’, ‘Commercial Twickenham’ and ‘Pro Sports Coaching’.

‘Workshops and Seminars’ received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education in 2010.[1]


The World Rugby Museum has the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world and includes over 10,000 recorded objects, 7,000 pieces of archival material and 7-8,000 photographs.[2]

It includes the RFU collection, the Harry Langton Collection and the RFU Rugby Archive.

Star items include: the Calcutta Cup, the 2003 Rugby World Cup, an 1871 England Jersey and Cap and an 1888 Anglo-Australian Tour Jersey and Cap.

The World Rugby Museum is a museum of international rugby history and includes objects from all over the globe.

World Rugby Museum collection

Rugby Archive[edit]

The Rugby Archive consists of over 7,000 pieces of archival material including books, match-programmes, minutes and club histories.

Star items include: Rugby Football Union minutes 1871-1949, the 1907 Twickenham Stadium deeds, a photograph album relating to the first British and Irish lions Tour of South Africa in 1891, the original 'Football Rules' as produced at Rugby School in 1845 and the Rugby Football Union's 1871 'Proposed Laws of the Game'.

The archive does not operate a lending facility but students and private researchers can use the resource upon appointment.

Rugby Football Foundation[edit]

The World Rugby Museum comes under the umbrella of the Rugby Football Foundation, a charitable trust established by the Rugby Football Union.

Twickenham Stadium Tours

See also[edit]


  1. ^ bgpr040211/2. "Loyd Grossman To Present The Sandford Awards For Heritage Education 2010". Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Spragg, Iain (2010). Twickenham: 100 Years of Rugby's HQ. London: Vision Sports Publishing. p. 160. 

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Coordinates: 51°27′21″N 0°20′19″W / 51.45583°N 0.33861°W / 51.45583; -0.33861