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KEY DATES FOR WIMBLEDON 2016

Qualifying begins: 20 June

The Draw: 24 June

Pre-event Press Conferences: 25 & 26 June

Order of Play: 26 June

Championships begin: 27 June

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On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC, 1927-2017

Our current exhibition, On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC 1927-2017, celebrates Wimbledon’s relationship with the BBC. It marks the 90th anniversary of the first radio broadcast from Wimbledon, the 80th anniversary of the first television broadcast and the 50th anniversary of the first regular colour television service in Europe, which launched with broadcasts from Wimbledon on BBC2.

Wimbledon is now watched by one billion people worldwide each year.

Developments in technology have transformed the way that tennis reaches people – putting them right at the centre of the action and many people have important memories of Wimbledon, shaped and defined by the power of broadcasting.

‘On Air: Wimbledon and the BBC, 1927-2017’, launched on 6 April 2017 with special guest Sir David Attenborough, who was in charge of BBC 2 and the first colour television broadcast from Wimbledon in 1967. The exhibition features plenty of original footage, remarkable objects and runs until 4 March 2018.

About the Museum Collection

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum’s collection contains over 20,000 objects that chronicle the history of lawn tennis from a popular pastime to the world class sporting tournament that is The Championships.

Since its founding in the 1970s, the museum has expanded its collection to include a wide variety of artefacts. These range from a c1555 book on the game of tennis, to the balls used in the 2014 Gentlemen’s Singles final. The collection also includes some unusual tennis themed objects such as toys and teapots.