Beyond the Boundary’s final over

2 February 2011 by Alison Cornmell

On Sunday 13 February 2011, hugely successful cricketing exhibition Beyond the Boundary, will come to an end.

This exhibition of powerful and emotive photographs at the International Slavery Museum explores aspects of cricket that have not been seen before.

Since the exhibition opened in March 2010 the International Slavery Museum has had over 380,000 visitors including cricketing legend Henry Olonga, who gave the Slavery Remembrance Day memorial lecture in Liverpool on 20 August 2010. During the inspirational lecture Olonga spoke about wearing a black armband in a Cricket World Cup in protest against Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe government.

Beyond the Boundary explores the relationship between cricket, culture, class and politics and how it can be seen as a legacy of British imperialism and colonialism and, paradoxically, as a means of resistance against it.

Through photographs featuring cricketers such as Viv Richards, Paul Adams and Basil D’Oliveira, the exhibition celebrates contemporary players who, by playing in the boundary of the cricket pitch, broke the boundaries of racial apartheid. Beyond the Boundary explores the story of enslavement and oppression of people from the African Diaspora globally, and their deep connections with cricket. 

A man wearing glasss stands in front of a yellow sign that says 'Beyond the Boundary'

Cricketer Henry Olonga pays a visit to the Beyond the Boundary exhibition

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