Funding for the Society and the Museum:
Both the Wimbledon Society and its Museum, which has free entry, are run by volunteers and all our running costs are met by membership subscriptions, donations and occasional grants or legacies.
The Refurbishment of the Museum:
The museum was set up in 1916, last fully refurbished in 1993 and is now showing significant signs of age due to wear and tear and new expectations of how a Museum should look and feel in the 21st century.
We have now embarked on a project to recreate the museum, with entirely new displays. We want to take inspiration from the wonderful collections which we have inherited, and use them to tell new stories which will appeal to young and old alike, and all the communities of Wimbledon and the Borough of Merton as a whole. At the same time we will create a beautiful new space for activities and local events.
(c) Philip Simpson Design
The Museum Refurbishment Committee have engaged established industry experts to ensure the project is delivered to specification, on time and within budget.
Our Project Lead is Jane Allen. Jane was in charge of heritage at Sutton Council. She was responsible for the stunning Whitehall Historic House project in Cheam, and the creation of the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton. Having very recently retired, she has agreed to take on this role as a volunteer.
Our Project Manager is Jason Lowe of Conservation Plus, a firm of specialist heritage project managers, whose recent work includes the visitor centres at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and The Jewish Cemetery in Willesden, as well as new exhibition and display spaces in the crypt at Rochester Cathedral.
Conservation Plus: "We are a specialist heritage and project management consultancy. Project planning and management for heritage sites and museums is at the core of what we do. We have successfully delivered projects with a total value of c.£90million, working with clients from across the private, public and voluntary sectors - from national museums to voluntary trusts"
The new Museum will be designed by Philip Simpson of Philip Simpson Design, the designers on the Whitehall Historic House project, and at All Saints Church in Kingston. He also works regularly for the British Museum.
Philip Simpson: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Wimbledon Society to transform the museum into a valued resource for local people and a destination for visitors from further afield."
(c) Philip Simpson Design
The Borough of Merton has been appraised of the Project and fully endorses the importance of the Museum to the Borough especially to local schools, interns and libraries.
The Museum is currently closed due to the pandemic and we have decided to use this time to do the building works needed.
Costs and what we need to raise:
It will cost about £150,000 to design and build a new museum and ideally we would also like to raise a further £30,000 for audio visual displays, and for conservation grade cases for some of our most precious treasures, and perhaps even to insulate the ceiling.
The Wimbledon Society has provided £85,000 for the project, and a very successful fundraising event last year raised another £4,000. The Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, has generously provided £5,500. We launched our first appeals to individuals in December, and so far we have raised about £40,000. Hopefully we can raise a further £15,000 from this page or perhaps more! Any donation large or small is very much appreciated!