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Audio: One object, many stories on The Ashes

  • Date recorded: 10 Dec 2019

  • Duration: 58:26

About this recording

Discover the stories, symbolism and history of The Ashes: 'the sacred soot'.

From a playful gift to the captain of the English cricket team from Janet Lady Clarke in the 1880s, it has become the holy grail of cricket excellence today.

This is an audio recording of a free event held at State Library Victoria on 10 December 2020.

The Ashes Urn is on display in the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition exclusively for a limited time until 23 February 2020.


Jed Smith: Melbourne Cricket Club
Alice Clarke: journalist
Stuart MacGill: former Australian Test cricketer
Tayla Vlaeminck: Australian cricketer (pictured)


Gideon Haigh: journalist