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.
Merton Priory is 900 years old
12 July 2014 - 31 August 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.