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This mini exhibition, co-curated with sculptor Richard Hughes and World of Groggs, will highlight the history and evolution of the Grogg and showcase the unique craftsmanship involved at every stage of their manufacture.

World of Groggs was established by Richard’s father John in Treforest, Pontypridd, in 1965. It has remained a family-run business for over 50 years and during this time the figures produced have earned a special place in the hearts of rugby players and fans from around the world. Groggs are unique sculpted caricatures depicting famous rugby players and a select few other notable personalities.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a unique Grogg of John Henry Clayton. Clayton was the owner of the oldest known surviving England jersey, which is on display in the museum’s 1871 gallery. With the accolade of having played in the first ever international rugby match and with such an impressive moustache, he made the perfect candidate to be grogged.

 

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