A new project aimed at raising the profile of Rotherham United Football Club is set to bring a pop-up museum to the club’s New York Stadium this summer.
As part of Rotherham’s bid to become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025, a group of young people aged 16 to 25 at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are leading a new plight to shed new light on the history of the football club.
A large part of the project focuses on the creation of a pop-up museum gallery at the stadium, intertwining sport and art through various installations. There will be information boards about the club’s history, a film about fans’ living memories, and items donated that have a connection to both Rotherham United and the former Guest and Chrimes foundry which is on the same site as the stadium.
The museum will also tell the stories of inspirational men and women who have played an important role in Rotherham’s sporting history, such as Arthur Wharton who became the world’s first black professional footballer when he signed for Rotherham Town in 1889.
A grand opening for the pop-up museum is planned for Sunday 5th June as part of the jubilee celebrations where there will be performances by local choirs. Schools across the town are also invited to learn a 34-step dance routine, based around Arthur Wharton’s 34 appearances for Rotherham Town, which will be performed on the day.
Before the launch, the team of youth producers are looking for more memorabilia or memories from fans in the town to add to their collection. Just some of the first submissions they have received are a wooden rattle from the 1950s, and a framed photo of a junior squad from the same decade loaned by past youth players Terry Crofts and Craig Pepper (pictured above).
Even if you don’t have any memories or items to loan, you can still get involved by creating art for the museum gallery, volunteering as a steward for the launch, or just heading down to see the pop-up museum in all its glory.
If you would like to share your memories, contact the RUCST team on 01709 827 767 or email Community@rotherhamunited.net