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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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Some of the most valuable and interesting cricketing artefacts, highlighting the history and heritage of MCC and Lord's Cricket Ground, are held in the MCC Archive.
Situated below the MCC Museum, the archive holds a wealth of information on how the club has developed and changed over the centuries.
This includes things such as minute books, scorecards, plans of the ground and surrounding areas, personal papers of past Secretaries of MCC, deeds relating to the ground and surrounding properties, touring files, audio interviews with famous cricketers and personalities past and present.
The score book from the 1882 Test match at the Oval between England and Australia, which led to the birth of the Ashes, is one of many treasures held in the archive.
Work on cataloguing the MCC Archive commenced in March 2012 as part of a wider Documentation Project led by MCC Collections Officer Charlotte Goodhew.
"It's massively important to keep cricket's history here at the Home of Cricket," Goodhew told Lord's TV.
"Most museums have their own archive and companies have their archives to document how things have changed over the years; what decisions have been made in committee etc.
"So the archive is a really important aspect of the collection."
Down in the MCC 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.