The pop-up Museum, which is located near the Prindiville Stand inside the Gate 3 northern entrance, celebrates the most memorable moments at the WACA Ground over the venue’s Test cricketing years, with a focus on the sport’s greatest rivalry – the Ashes.
The Museum is based on the 48 highlights covered by WA sports media doyen Ken Casellas in the book The Doctor’s In, which is a publication by Churchill Press and jointly supported by the WACA and Holman Industries, and is one of several activities being run by the Association in commemoration of the WACA Ground’s final Ashes Test Match.
Other activities include: a photo booth, in which patrons will be able to immerse themselves in the history of the Ashes; powerful theming imagery around the venue, displaying the icons of the Ashes that have been played at the Ground; a commemorative cartoon commissioned by the WACA and produced by The Sunday Times’ artist Greg Smith, which will be on-sale during the Third Magellan Test; and a special last Ashes range of merchandise, which is now on-sale from the WACA’s online store, the Museum and Membership Office.
The WACA will also be giving away 30,000 magnetic photo frames in the design of the Ground’s iconic scoreboard across Days 1 to 3 from gates open.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said: “This is an historic season for WA cricket, which will be celebrated through a series of activations around the WACA Ground during the Ashes Test Match.
“There will be a sense of sadness as the WACA Ground hosts its final Ashes Test, with these matches moving to Optus Stadium in the future, but we’re in a period of exciting change for WA cricket
“These Ashes are particularly significant for WA. The first Test Match played at the Ground was the Australia-England women’s Test of 1958, before Perth was added to the men’s Test schedule in 1970 with the Ashes series of that year and now we prepare to host the final Ashes.
“The activities on offer during the Ashes will reflect that history and the emotion attached to it, particularly the pop-up Museum, which allows fans to interact with that history.
“We hope that the opportunities we have provided allow for patrons to celebrate the significant moments of the past as we look forward to an exciting future.”