KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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The MCC Archive holds approximately 30 cubic metres of records relating to MCC, cricket and associated bodies.
Progress on the cataloguing of the archive began in March 2012 and details of the records catalogued can be found via the Club's online records, which can be viewed here . The archive includes records from the eighteenth century to the present day and can only be accessed at Lord’s.
The archive includes original volumes of the MCC minutes, original scorecards and scorebooks of MCC and England tours, MCC matches and matches at Lord’s, operational files relating to MCC departments, laws of lawn tennis, scrapbooks compiled by R A Fitzgerald, Pelham Warner and Gubby Allen, personal archives of F S Ashley-Cooper, Irving Rosenwater and Alec Bedser, and audio and visual material including the MCC Audio Archive – an interview project that commenced in 2003.
The archive also holds records from organisations affiliated with MCC and Lord’s, such as Middlesex County Cricket Club, Test and County Cricket Board, International Cricket Council, Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers and The Cricketer Magazine.
An overview of the records we hold can be found on the AIM25 website at http://www.aim25.ac.uk.
MCC Documentation Assistant Rob Curphey writes a regular Archivist Blog for Lords.org.
Access to the Archive
Access to the archive material held at MCC can be viewed at the MCC Library, which is open by appointment to researchers on non-match days throughout the year.
Researchers are advised to contact the Library prior to arranging a visit, as the archive is in the process of being catalogued and staff can provide information about the area of research you are interested in.
Staff reserve the right to withhold access to records if the item requested is physically unfit for production.
Access to records under 30 years old is prohibited; access to records that date between 30 and 40 years require permission from the MCC Chief Executive & Secretary before access is granted.
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