Overview of the collection
Title: Cyril Critchlow Collection, Collection Dates: 1860-1990
Extent and Forms of Material: ephemera - 8.65 linear metres (173 boxes), large format - 1 plan chest (9 drawers)
Creator: Cyril Critchlow
Abstract: Cyril Critchlow moved to Blackpool with his parents as a teenager. Starting his career as an assistant to Dr Walford Bodie in Blackpool Olympia, he spent his life in the entertainment industry in Blackpool or preserving it. He was an active performer and magician throughout his life and he played an important role in the Fylde Mystics and Blackpool Magic Club as well as writing a number of books on Blackpool’s history and becoming a Blackpool Councillor.
He campaigned to preserve Blackpool's heritage and became an avid collector on the topic. He opened a museum and theatre on Coronation Street which was much loved.
Repository: Blackpool History Centre, Blackpool Council Heritage Service, first floor, Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool, FY1 1PX. email@example.com, 01253 478090, www.heritageblackpool.co.uk
Processing Note: Processed by volunteers 2009; supervised by Tony Sharkey, Librarian.
Information for users
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use on an appointment basis. See www.blackpool.gov.uk/heritage for full access conditions.
Physical Access: Only one box can be consulted at a time. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright is complex and much of the content is not available for reproduction. Some collection items are available for reproduction, but the Heritage Service makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. All reproduction and duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by staff on request.
Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Cyril Critchlow collection, 1860-1990, History Centre, Blackpool Council Heritage Service
For additional information, please contact the History Centre at 01253 478090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In-depth information about the collection
Note: Lawrence Wright used a variety of pseudonyms in the songs he composed and published. Horatio Nicholls is the best known of his pseudonyms, but he also used at times at least the following others: Gene Williams, Betsy O’Hogan, Irma Barron. According to www.fredgodreysongs.ca he also used the name Everett Lynton.
Scope and Content: The Cyril Critchlow Collection is an extensive collection of ephemera and printed material relating to the entertainment industry in historic Blackpool. Material consists of printed ephemera including programmes, handbills, posters and flyers; photographic material including postcards, glass negatives, photographs and commercially produced tourist views; archival material relating to Lawrence Wright’s On With the Show on North Pier including song sheets, notes, photographic material, programmes and autographs; programmes from major and minor entertainment venues including North Pier, Central Pier, South Pier, Tower, Winter Gardens, Grand, Palace, Queens etc.; Blackpool history with files, notes and manuscripts relating to each individual venue or aspect of Blackpool’s entertainment.
The collection contains around 11,000 items and is housed in 179 volumes of original archival material and 52 volumes of research notes. A catalogue of the collection follows.
System of Arrangement:
Series 1, Lawrence Wright collection, 1911-1969
Series 2, Piers
Series 3, Combined Theatre Programmes
Series 4, Winter Gardens
Series 5, Blackpool Tower
Series 6, Prince of Wales Theatre and site
Series 7, Grand Theatre
Series 8, other theatre venues
Series 9, Pleasure Beach
Series 10, other Blackpool venues
Series 11, Entertainers
Series 12, Promenade, sideshows and attractions
Series 13, General Blackpool
Acquisition Information: This collection was donated by Pat Johnson in 2009.
Related Archival Materials: NFA0089 The Cyril Critchlow Collection, 1860-1990; National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield.