The Neville Cardus Archive At Old Trafford
“There will never be another quite like that literary genius Neville Cardus in a changing game and a changing world”.
Sir Donald Bradman
• To keep alive the Neville Cardus name and his writings
• To build up a repository of Cardus's writings (including manuscripts) and Cardus-related material (including recordings)
• To invite donations of gifts and/or money to enable the Archive to extend its collections
• To encourage the study of Cardus and his works
• To build up a database of "Friends of Neville", to publish a yearly Newsletter, and to hold an annual lunch in honour of Sir Neville.
• Some 10 years ago, Michael Kennedy, celebrated music critic and also cricket-lover, was good enough to donate to the Lancashire County Cricket Club Library over 200 letters written to him by his friend and fellow Mancunian, Neville Cardus (1888-1975): Cardus who had been a legend in his lifetime, a self-educated Manchester Guardian star, renowned in particular for his music, cricket, and autobiographical writings.
• This was the spark that ignited the idea of Neville Cardus Archive at Old Trafford, a natural place of homage to a man whose writings were inextricably linked with Lancashire County Cricket Club - a connection culminating in his Presidency of the Club in 1971/72.
• The Lancashire CCC Library was later to catalogue the Michael Kennedy donation and in 2007 to publish the illustrated booklet, "My Dear Michael", based on extracts from the Cardus/Kennedy correspondence and other Cardus material drawn from the Library's extensive resources.
• The Archive has been further aided by the gift of letters and other material collected by Christopher Brookes in the course of writing the pioneering biography, "His Own Man: The Life of Neville Cardus" (1985), and more recently by a cache of Cardus scrapbooks, letters, manuscripts, photographs, and cartoons donated by the distinguished journalist, Elizabeth Grice, a close of friend of Neville Cardus towards the end of his life.
• Amongst the rich original material in the Christopher Brookes and Elizabeth Grice donations are a collection of letters written by Cardus to a Manchester friend in the Summer of 1916 - written from Shrewsbury School (where Cardus was then assistant cricket coach) and all signed with Cardus's original name of "Fred". Also here are a scrapbook of Cardus's concert reviews from his time in Australia during WW2, the incomplete manuscripts of an extensive writer's exercise book kept by Cardus around 1950, and a group of Cardus-drawn cartoons fancifully depicting the Australian leg-spinner, Clarrie Grimmett, in a variety of historical guises.
• Further and much appreciated smaller donations have flowed in to the Archive which has also been able to purchase some material on its own account, helped by the proceeds from the Archive's own publications, "My Dear Michael" (2007) and its follow-up, "The Elusive Mr Cardus", (2009) - both based on Archive documents and on Cardus's letters in particular, expanded by much supplementary material. The Archive's latest publication (2012) is a short introduction to Neville Cardus's published works, entitled "Cardus: A Reader's Guide" with illustrations that include some of Neville Cardus's Clarrie-Grimmett-themed cartoons.
• The Archive now has over 300 of Neville Cardus's original letters, as well as many replies from his various correspondents. It also includes an extensive collection of Cardus photographs, cuttings scrapbooks, unpublished manuscripts, articles, and Cardus drawings.
• The Archive's collection of Cardus's books includes a good number of personally signed copies, including the gift of a rare limited-edition copy of "The Summer Game" (1929), the print-run of which was restricted to 120. This generous donation came from Robin Daniels (editor of "Conversations with Cardus") and coincided with the publication of his own authoritative study, "Cardus: Celebrant of Beauty" (2009).
My Dear Michael - price £10* inc postage
The Elusive Mr Cardus - price £15* inc postage
Cardus: A Reader's Guide - price £11 inc postage
*Special Offer: Buy both 'My Dear Michael' & 'The Elusive Mr Cardus' for £20 inc postage
Send a cheque or Postal Order for the appropriate amount, made payable to Lancashire CCC to:-
34 Wellington Road
Cheshire CW5 7BX