Past exhibitions


Playing with Fire: The Story of Shooting on Wimbledon Common

17 January 2015 - 12 April 2015

Guns have quite a history on the Common. Military parades and duels both date back to the 18th century. King George III famously reviewed his troops on the open heath land and as Wimbledon is so near London, duelists could ride out in the early morning, do their business and be back in town for breakfast. Among the most notable were Prime Minister William Pitt, Lord Castlereagh and Lord Cardigan, later notorious for ordering the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea.

Read more: Playing with Fire


Merton Priory is 900 years old

12 July 2014 - 31 August 2014

Don’t miss the fascinating new exhibition at the Museum of Wimbledon which celebrates 900 years of
the history of Merton Priory.
This undeservedly unknown national treasure exists today in only some fragments but its story
embraces important events and important people – many of them Kings. And also a Pope and a Saint.
Merton Priory was the place where in 1236, twenty years after Magna Carta, Parliament met to prepare
the written parliamentary law in the form of the eleven chapters of the first Statute of Merton, which
remained on the Statute Book for over 700 years.

Read more: Merton Priory 900 years old


Wimbledon 'Now and Then'

3 December 2013 - 3 March 2014

‘Now and Then’, is an exhibition by the Museum of Wimbledon and its photographs curator, Simon Joseph.

Change is everywhere today and particularly in Wimbledon where buildings rise and fall, the use of areas alters and landscapes are affected. You may perceive change as a good (moving forward) thing or bad (destroying the past and its heritage) thing but, like it or not, change is inevitable.

Read more: Wimbledon Now and Then


Town and Country Wimbledon

4 February - 3 June 2012

Some 55 historic watercolours of Wimbledon, painted over two centuries between 1780 and 1985, are now on display in the first ever exhibition at the brand new Village Hall Trust Gallery. This is the first opportunity to see many of the works collected by the Museum of Wimbledon since its foundation 96 years ago in 1916. The paintings have been acquired through donations, bequests and works by local artists.

Read more: Town and Country Wimbledon


Wimbledon Park grows up

Saturday 4th June 2011 - Sunday 30th October 2011

An exploration of the changes wrought by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's landscaping of the Spencer estate through important late eighteenth and early nineteenth century maps by John Haynes, Corris and for later years, Ordnance Survey maps of 1804 and 1894.


Light the lights - 100 Years of Wimbledon Theatre

Friday 29th October 2010 - Sunday 29th May 2011

A celebration of the centenary of Wimbledon Theatre, founded in 1910 by John Brennan Mulholland. Traces the changing fortunes of the venue through three phases - the early Mulholland days, the Peter Haddon era and the Theatre Company, and the revival in more recent years under the custodianship of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).


Heart of Wimbledon

Saturday 6th March 2010 - Sunday 24th October 2010

A story told largely through maps of the shift of the heart of Wimbledon from the cosy environs of the Village in the nineteenth century, to down the hill to Wimbledon Town in the twentieth century. The growth of the railway and station complex was key to this transition, attracting jobs, industry and settlement in the town, which also became the administrative centre of the borough, with services and facilities to match a rapidly growing population.


Old Wimbledon by Vincent Lines 1928-31 - Drawings from the Wimbledon Borough News

Saturday 20th June 2009 - Sunday 28th February 2010

Vincent Lines (1909-1968) was a talented artist, who at the age of eighteen embarked upon a series of drawings of local views and historic buildings in Merton, Morden and Wimbledon. His work was published in the Wimbledon Borough News, accompanied by supporting articles written by Margaret Grant. Their legacy is an enduring record of what the area in and around Wimbledon was like on the brink of enormous environmental and cultural change, which would transform Merton, Morden and Wimbledon from sleepy surrey villages into bustling suburbs of the metropolis.


Literary Wimbledon

Georgette Heyer Saturday 6th December 2008 - Thursday 5th March 2009

Robert Graves Friday 6th March 2009 - Monday 15th June 2009

Mini-exhibitions based upon the Wimbledon Society Literary Walk and Talk programme, focusing on notable authors of the past who were born, lived or forged important connections in the Wimbledon Village area.


'Rose’s Story' - The WSPU in Wimbledon 1908-1915

Saturday 12th April 2008 - Sunday 30th November 2008

A local view of the epic struggle for women's suffrage during the early years of the twentieth century. Traces the campaign through the eyes of a remarkable young woman, Rose Lamartine Yates, who lived in Dorset Hall on Kingston Road from 1906 to 1935. In 1909 Rose joined the recently-formed Wimbledon branch of the militant Women's Social and Political Union and quickly became a leading figure in this vital stage in the development of female emancipation. It is an extraordinary story of impeccable logic and flawless argument met with entrenched prejudice, physical and mental abuse and sexual politics.