Past exhibitions


Wimbledon in the Great War

November 2018

An exhibition produced by Merton Heritage Service for The Wimbledon Society as part of the borough’s First World War Centenary programme.

This exhibition tells the fascinating story of Wimbledon during the First World War. It covers a variety of topics including the VCs, recruitment, local regiments and military camps, the Belgian refugees, the wartime role of local women and the invaluable contribution made by Merton hospitals, industries and charities. There are anecdotes and recollections by local people too. 

The research behind the exhibition and images on display are from the Merton Heritage Services’ Carved in Stone project


The remarkable story of Wimbledon Station

12 January until 4 February 2017

A tale of development from pasture to platform and to what became 'New Wimbledon'

It charts the history of Wimbledon Station from its beginning as a  couple of isolated building in the middle of farm land, up to 1930 when ‘New Wimbledon’ – the area known now as the town centre became a well developed residential  complex with convenient access to central London and complete with the shops, warehouses and eateries necessary for suburban living.

The Exhibition reveals photogtaphic images and anecdotes plus a display of model engines, carriages, metal signs, signals and a mock-up of the original ticket office.

The story of the station - one of the the initial ‘wonders of Wimbledon’ tells of Heath Robinson style signalling, unfortunate accidents and dramatic discomfort for early traveller.


100 years of Wimbledon History

Until Sunday 10 April 2016

The Museum of Wimbledon’s Centenary exhibiton – 100 years of Wimbledon History. It recounts in mainly storyboard form the history of the Museum from it’s extraordinary setting up in the middle of the first World War by a group of local philanthropists  to the present day. The tale told is a strange one: endless arguments about its location, further arguments about what should go in it, the amazing saga of what happened to the contents during the second World War, how – after it – the Museum rose again like a phoenix and has continued to develop since.


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.