image for Exhibition item typePlaymakers On Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists at Wakefield Museum

Exhibition, Sat 2 Feb - Wed 25 Sep 2019, free entry

Playmakers On Tour

Playmakers On Tour


Wakefield Castles & Museums Team


Wakefield One,
Burton Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 2 Feb - Wed 25 Sep Playmakers On Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists
Sat 6 Jul - Sat 4 Jul Gateway to Eternity
Sat 20 Jul Family Fun
Tue 23 Jul Mini Museum Explorers
Thu 25 Jul Poster Creators
Fri 26 Jul Egyptians!


Wakefield Museum is taking the Playmakers collection on tour to a venue near you.

Playmakers tells the fascinating story of how a saddlers apprentice from Horbury created one of the world’s leading sports brands. For nearly 100 years the factory in Horbury near Wakefield, firstly as William Sykes Ltd, and later under the Slazenger and Dunlop names, created a wide range of beautifully crafted sporting goods used in World Cups, FA Cups, Ashes tests, Challenge Cups and Wimbledon finals.

Four beautifully crafted sports objects are now on display in:

Featherstone Sports Complex – 1920s tennis racket
Normanton Leisure - 1966 World Cup Football
Sun Lane Leisure - 1960 Challenge Cup match ball won by Wakefield trinity against Hull
Horbury Library – 1930s boxing gloves

Plus a display of many more sporting goods in Wakefield Museum

So the next time you go for a swim or sweat it out in the gym give yourselves five minutes to reflect on the brilliant crafts people of Horbury who made the equipment that made the sporting legends.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 2 Feb - Wed 25 Sep 2019


Free entry

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Map reference: SE 330209  Lat: 53.68351 Long: -1.50182

By Road:
Follow signs for Wakefield City Centre. Located behind Wakefield's County Hall.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups