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The Street Names of Wimbledon Village
WIMBLEDON VILLAGE - A history told through its street names
The Wimbledon Society’s Museum of Wimbledon is proud to announce the publication of Neal Ransome’s new book charting Wimbledon’s unique and charming history told through the stories and reasons behind the street names of Wimbledon Village.
A new Chairman for the Society
At the AGM on 14 May 2016, Asif Malik stepped down as Chairman after four years in this role. John Mays took up the Chairmanship, as described in the attached press release.
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East. There is detailed information on the website www.crossrail2.co.uk. The proposals will have a major impact on Wimbledon. The Society's planning committee has been following the emerging proposals put forward by TfL, and as part of the consultation procedure, we have written two key letters, and a detailed report. These can be read by selecting the links below.
This is probably the biggest development to affect Wimbledon since the first railway to open up this area was built in the 19th century.
The letters and our comments can be viewed under the News Section of the Planning pages.
Richard Milward History Challenge
The challenge is on to find new historians. The Wimbledon Society awards the Richard Milward Local History Prize in December 2016. This award commemorates the work of Wimbledon’s notable historian Richard Milward (1924-2006) is part of the centenary celebrations for The Museum of Wimbledon.
The first competition held in 2014 was won by Kirk Bannister and Glenys Taylor - click on the links below to read the winning essays - when many fascinating new facts were brought to light by those recommended but who did not make the final cut.
Kirk says: "If you can write a story and are prepared to do some research then this contest is for you. Whether it's an interest in some notable past resident, or any aspect of Wimbledon’s past, then writing a feature about it is incredibly rewarding. Do not be daunted by the idea of research, most of the resources you will need are available at Morden Library or visit the Museum of Wimbledon, 22 Ridgway, Wimbledon SW 19 4 QN.”
The article or essay should have a local historical connection and be based to some degree on original research not previuslsly published. 'Local' in this context means the area centred on what was the Borough of Wimbledon, as shown on the map in our current membership leaflet, to be found on our website's membership page.
An Entry Form should be submitted by each essayist to ensure that their topic is in accordance with the remit.
Essays: submissions should be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 2,000 words to be delivered by 19 October 2016.
The great history ‘throw down' has begun. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find full Terms and Conditions, and an entry form, by selecting the links below.
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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.