Having successfully restored Harry’s grave in Warstone Lane, Birmingham, UK and erected blue plaques on the locations of his and his co-lawn tennis pioneer Augurio Perera’s homes in Leamington Spa, we turn our attention to the restoration of Harry’s scrapbook.
The scrapbook was deposited in what was then Birmingham Central Library, following the death of Mrs Gem in 1890. In the intervening years the condition of this important piece of lawn tennis heritage has deteriorated and requires considerable work to conserve it for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
The Library of Birmingham propose removing the pages/items from the current binding and, following cleaning and repair, placing them in fascicules. This is the best solution for the long-term preservation of the collection. They estimate this will cost in the region of £2,000.00 and we have agreed to help raise the necessary funds.