Monday, May 14, 2012

Don’t Sweat! The Cribs are in Wakefield Museum, along with England cricket bats and groundbreaking record labels

Wakefield Museum celebrates indie band’s Wakefield beginnings.  The museum has acquired The Cribs first record “Baby Don’t Sweat”.  Recorded at Springtime Studios near Wakefield waterfront in 2002 the record is a reminder of the band’s formative years playing gigs at venues around Leeds and Wakefield before commercial success, Hollywood videos, Johnny Marr and international cult status.
The Cribs first single - Baby Don't Sweat - recorded in Wakefield
 The record was acquired by the Friends of Wakefield Art Galleries and Museums for Wakefield Museum and will be in the Welcome to Wakefield section of the new museum at Wakefield One.

The museum is looking to celebrate Wakefield’s musical history and it has also recently acquired material related to Holyground Records, an independent record label (possibly the first in England) which started off Kirkgate in the 1960s by the late Mike Levon.

Recorded and produced in Wakefield during the 1960s and 1970s!

The Friends of Wakefield Art Galleries and Museums have also acquired an England cricket bat for Wakefield Museum.  The bat was made by William Sykes Ltd of Horbury.  Sykes’ sporting goods were high quality and world renowned, making products which were used in test matches and cup finals.

The museum only has its collections thanks to the donations it has received from residents, members of the public and organisations like the Friends. We are always grateful.

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