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One object, many stories: The Ashes

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10 December 2019, 7:00pm8:00pm
Location Conversation Quarter
The Quad
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Discover the stories, symbolism and history of the Ashes, from a playful gift to the captain of the English cricket team from Janet Lady Clarke in the 1880s, to a holy grail of cricket excellence today. This panel discussion invites commentators and experts from the world of cricket, as well as audience members, to share their thoughts, stories and connections to the Ashes. Guests are invited to view the Ashes Urn in the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition in Victoria Gallery from 6– 7pm.


Jed Smith
Jed Smith is the Manager of Museum and Heritage Services at the Melbourne Cricket Club, having worked in sports museums for almost 25 years. In his role he manages the National Sports Museum as well as the MCC’s own museum, library and archives. He has been sitting patiently on the waiting list for Marylebone Cricket Club membership for longer than he can remember.

Alice Clarke
Alice Clarke is a freelance journalist, producer and presenter. She has specialised in TV, technology, video games and pop culture, social justice and opinion writing. She’s been doing weekly game, tech and app reviews for the Sunday Herald Sun for the last ten years, and she also contributes to the Age and Junkee. As well as being a journalist, she is the co-curator of the Diversity Lounge at PAX Aus, the largest video game convention in Australia. She’s the great-great-granddaughter of Janet Lady Clarke and granddaughter of Jessie Clarke.

Gideon Haigh, Moderator
Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, and writes about cricket for the Australian and the Times. He's the author of 35 books, 22 of them about cricket.

Stuart MacGill
Stuart MacGill is a former Australian international cricketer who played 44 Test matches, six of which were for the Ashes. MacGill is widely regarded as one of the best leg spinners of his era. In his first Ashes series in 1998/99, he picked up an impressive 27 wicket haul from only 4 Tests, including 12 wickets in Sydney. He added another 12 wickets from two Tests in the 2002/03 Ashes. Since retiring from international cricket after the West Indies tour in 2008, MacGill has been a cricket commentator and radio co-host.

Tayla Vlaeminck Right-arm speedster Tayla Vlaeminck is an Australian cricketer who plays for Victoria and the Hobart Hurricanes. A rising star of the women’s game, Vlaeminck has played all three formats for Australia, most recent debuting in the Women’s Ashes Test match in England.