“The award is recognition that the museum plays an important role in preserving rugby’s worldwide heritage,” said curator Michael Rowe.
The World Rugby Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of rugby memorabilia, including early match programmes, photos, letters and rugby equipment.
An exhibition about women’s rugby opens on 12 August to coincide with the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The cup will be on display alongside posters, objects and images from the early days of the game.
England 2010: The Women’s Rugby World Cup runs from 12 August 2010 to 6 April 2011