rounders: reconnected

Celebrating 80 Years of Inclusive Heritage

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our journey to uncover the history of rounders has begun. You can discover the work that we have undertaken so far as well as what is coming up, in the links below.

We are very keen to connect with the rounders community and continue to mobilise a network of volunteers and ambassadors to support the successful outcomes of this project.

If you’ve found us because you’re interested in the history of rounders in your local area, or you would be interested in supporting our work, please do get in touch.

Gathering oral history is integral to the success of the Rounders: Reconnected project.

These will help us preserve a part of traditional British culture, document customs, and ensure the continuity of diverse personal narratives.

So, we launch the oral histories collection with memories from Alison Howard, who had a very rich 40 years playing and working with rounders. You can watch Alison’s full interview on our YouTube channel.

Are you a rounders enthusiast who feels strongly about preserving the history of our sport?

We want YOU to join our small team of Heritage Volunteers! Help us showcase the legacy of rounders at events, speak to the rounders community and gather oral histories to preserve our sport’s heritage.

Apply today and be part of something special!

Come along to a rounders event and securely drop off your rounders artifacts or documents

If you have rounders memorabilia, tucked away in an attic or box, and you would like to donate or loan it to Rounders England, come along to any of our events during June and July, meet us and learn more about the Rounders: Reconnected project and how your items will be preserved at Heritage Quay.

Rounders artifacts, documents and oral histories to be archived at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield.

The conclusion of the Rounders: Reconnected project will see all of the items collected or loaned from the rounders community transported to Heritage Quay, where they will be properly catalogued and archived. This is a key step in preserving the history of rounders for future generations.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of this unique process, apply here.

Rounders England Secures The National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant to Safeguard Sport’s Rich History

Read our press release, published on Friday 6 May 2024, to find out more about our plans for the project over the next eight months.

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in our strategic plan, Heritage 2033.

Over the next ten years, the Heritage Fund aims to invest £3.6billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places and the natural environment.

The Heritage Fund helps protect, transform and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are.

The Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.