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The Wimbledon Society

The Society

Founded in 1903, The Wimbledon Society is committed to protecting all those local amenities which contribute to our quality of life.

Community facilities and the built environment of open spaces, parks and buildings form a fundamental part of our lives. The Society has played a key role in the enhancement and protection of these vital facilities since its inception.

Civic Societies provide an army of volunteers from their ranks of members, who bring time, skills and commitment in seeking the preservation of the best of our heritage for now and for the future. Societies such as ours form a truly independent body of opinion acting entirely for the community benefit and, importantly for today, are free of political or commercial influence.

This homepage links to other main pages. We hope our site will provide you with all the information you may seek about Wimbledon and the Society. Most of all, we hope that, if you feel about our Town as we do, you will join the Society and help us to continue to provide a strong and effective voice in the community.

The Wimbledon Society is a Registered Charity, no 269478.

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Merton Priory Exhibition

Celebrating 900 years of Merton Priory, the Museum of Wimbledon mounted an engrossing new exhibition in the Norman Plastow Gallery.

'Merton Priory is 900 years old' ran from 12 June to 31 August 2014 in the Gallery at the Museum of Wimbledon. The exhibition attracted nearly 400 visitors, and received a large number of favourable comments.

Panels from the exhibition have been borrowed by Memories of Merton for display in Civic Centre, and the vicar of St Mary's Merton has asked to borrow some of the boards for their 900th anniversary next year.

Read more about the exhibition here.

Richard Milward Local History Prize

This new biennial prize commemorates the work of Wimbledon’s notable historian Richard Milward (1924-2006). The first award will be made by The Wimbledon Society during Bookfest October 2014 for an article or essay with a local historical connection. On Sunday 5 October 2014, the Society will host the event at Cannizaro Hotel at 3.30 pm, when Professor Richard Tait will give a talk and judge the Prize.

By happy coincidence, Professor Tait read Modern History at New College Oxford, as did Richard Milward, whose memory the prize commemorates. Richard Tait was also a Research Fellow at St Edmond Hall, Oxford, and later worked as a producer and editor at the BBC, for whom he edited Newsnight, and at ITN, where he edited Channel 4 News before becoming its Editor-in-Chief. He was a member of the BBC Board for six years and is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University.

There will be feedback on essay submissions with points given by Chairman of the Society's Local History Group, Charles Toase.

Read more information about the Prize here, including terms and conditions, and an entry form.

The Richard Milward prize ceremony will follow a short presentation from Simon Joseph and Cassandra Taylor on our recent publication, Wimbledon Now and Then.

Tickets for this Society double-bill, as well all other Bookfest events can obtained from WIMBLEDONBOOKFEST.org, box office tel 020 8545 8342, or collected in person from Wimbledon Library from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays until 26 September 2014.

Heritage leaflet

A new pocket sized Heritage Leaflet lists 178 places of local historic, architectural and cultural interest. 

The Society financed it as our contribution to the official Civic Day on 25 June 2011. 

Free copies from the Museum, the Library and the Windmill Museum

Local events diary

Useful quarterly listing of local events

Storage Facility

Our Museum has a rich collection of material, and we do not have enough display space to show many interesting items. Storage of these items, and of a range of other Society material - eg, display panels, books, leaflets - has been a concern we have now addressed. We are pleased to announce a new agreement with Big Yellow Storage Company, New Malden, which has offered us a generous deal. This will allow us to create secure off-site storage for a wide range of our materials, and free up prime space in the Museum. More information on Big Yellow's storage facilities can be found by clicking on their logo shown below.