With the first-ever five-day Women’s Ashes Test just days away, the Heritage team at Trent Bridge are focussing on the long history of women, cricket and the world’s third-oldest Test Match ground.

The Wynne-Thomas Library

All spectators at the match will be welcome to visit the Library and explore the thousands of books on the shelves, browse the latest cricket magazines and chat to other visitors.

For this historic match you will also be able to enjoy:

  • The ‘Women at the Wicket’ display, which traces the history of women’s matches at the ground since 1907 – including the first visit of the Australians in 1951, the ‘Test match that never was’ in 1954, our only previous women’s Test in 1979 and outstanding performances by local heroes Eileen White, Enid Bakewell and Karen Smithies
  • More books about women’s cricket, that current NCCC members are very welcome to borrow.


Situated behind the Ticket Office, the Wynne-Thomas Library is open at 10:00 am each matchday and will remain open until the end of the tea interval.  Please do call in – we are always keen to hear your comments and suggestions about one of ‘the best kept secrets’ at Trent Bridge!

The team will be particularly eager to hear from any spectators with stories and memories about women’s cricket in the county.

Heritage displays

A 'Wall of Fame' - photographs of great women cricketers from Nottinghamshire's past can bde seen on the way into the famous Long Room

In the Museum Room (off the Long Room in the Pavilion) there are two new displays:

  • The Story of the Women’s Ashes’ looks at the complete history of contests between England and Australia, at home and ‘down under’.  Included in the display is a bat used by Notts great Jenny Gunn in the victorious 2013 Ashes series.

Lest it be forgotten that there is another Ashes series on this summer as well…

...to mark the recent news that we will host men’s Ashes Test matches in 2027 and 2031, an  ‘Ashes Tests at Trent Bridge’ display looks back at our first-ever men’s Test in 1899, reveals why the crowd cheered the antics of rival photographers in 1934, and recalls Stuart Broad’s match-winning performance in 2015.

June 2023