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No sport has a richer history than Rugby League - and it is that heritage that has helped us build a sport that will thrive in the 21st Century and beyond.

Our Heritage Programme is committed to conserving our past, while at the same time promoting and enabling the widest access to our heritage.

Rugby League Museum

Since 2015, Rugby League Cares has been on a campaign to develop a museum for Rugby League. As the only major sport in the UK without its own museum, we want to change that.


We have been working alongside the National Football Museum, who have been acting as our consultants, to help us identify the ideal location for the project and we were delighted to announce in September 2016, that this would be Bradford City Hall. This iconic Grade I listed building will be the perfect place to help us tell the story of our great sport, its players and its communities.


We are working hard to secure funding and develop ideas for galleries and activites. We would love to hear your views about what you would like to see in this museum and how you think, especially if you aren't based near Bradford, the museum could work with you. Please get in touch with Brigid, our Heritage Programme Manager on brigid.power@rlcares.org.uk


Our heritage programme will be at the forefront of preserving and conserving the nationally significant artifacts, souvenirs and memorabilia that have made the game what it is today.

We are working in partnership with the International Centre for Sports History at De Montfort University and with the University of Huddersfield to conserve the RFL archives and make them available to researchers in the rugby league community and the public at large.

Promotion And Celebration

We are striving to raise awareness of our sport’s great heritage. We want to organise, promote and support heritage events and celebrations, and make sure that information and guidance about heritage is available across all media.

Creating Access

Our goal is to make as much of the history of Rugby League available to the widest numbers of people. As well as promoting events and developing media, we also want to tell the complete story of the game at all levels, from community to professional clubs, players to referees, administrators to supporters.

In 2011 we began a three-year project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to recover the lost history of women in the game, the first time any national sporting organisation has received such a grant.

More Information

For more information about any aspect of the the Rugby League Cares Heritage Programme, please contact our Heritage Programme Manager, Brigid Power at Brigid.power@rlcares.org.uk

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  • Support the development of Rugby League
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  • Protect Rugby League Heritage
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