Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum enshrines Andy Murray's trophy in new display

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 June 2014

A new-look trophy display features at Wimbledon's museum on the opening day of this year's Championships

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Perhaps enthused by Andy Murray’s arrival as the most recent of the All England Club’s Gentleman’s Singles champions, the newly-designed trophy display at the on-site museum features the silver gilt cups clutched by male and female victors, set in a round alongside the Doubles trophies, runners-up salvers and some of the miniature trophies given to players.

Described as “highly anticipated”, the reimagining of the showcase coincides with the appointment of Anna Renton, formerly of the London Transport Museum and Twickenham’s World Rugby Museum, as the successor to Honor Godfrey, the curator who has overseen visitor numbers for the museum and accompanying tours rise to around 100,000 people annually during her 15 years in post.

“Expectations were high for the new trophy display,” says Ashley Jones, the museum’s Commercial Manager.

“I am thrilled to say they have been exceeded. Guests will not be left disappointed after having the unique opportunity to see the trophies in all their glory with a full 360° view.

“While reflecting on triumphant tennis moments of past Champions, they can really relive the magic of the Championships.”

A 3-D ghost of John McEnroe – set within a recreation of the Gentleman’s Dressing Room in 1980 – gives the illusion of solidifying a figure already considered unsettling by many, while exhibits around the corridors date as far back as 1550, covering every winner since the five Championships began in 1877. Audio tours are available in ten languages.

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