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Who was Perera?

Much has been written about Harry Gem but of his friend and co-pioneer in lawn tennis not much is known. He was described thus in a newspaper report entitled ‘THE OLD RACQUET CLUB, BATH STREET – A BIT OF BIRMINGHAM … Continue reading

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See Greg Rusedski playing under Harry Gem’s rules…

Our day with Greg Rusedski in the garden at the house in Ampton Road, Edgbaston finally saw the light of day in Episode 4 of ITV’s Britain’s Secret Homes, which aired on Friday 28th June 2013. Click Episode 4: ITV’s … Continue reading

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Gem in the news……

The following articles appeared in the Birmingham Post. ISSUE: 27th JUNE 2013  

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Harry’s memorial stone unearthed.

After a considerable wait we received recently permission to investigate the grave space to see what, if anything, remained of the headstone or other memorial. So, on Thursday 2nd May 2013 trustees Chris, Sue and Robert set about the dig. … Continue reading

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Greg plays under Gem’s rules.

Wednesday 18th April 2013 saw trustees Chris, Sue and Robert at Fairlight, Ampton Road, Edgbaston to recreate once again Gem and Perera’s lawn rackets court in the garden of the Perera’s former home.

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Court on Canvas Success for the Barber Institute

The exhibition exploring lawn tennis as a subject in art has become the most popular show ever staged at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The exhibition attracted almost 23,000 people – eclipsing previous exhibitions focusing on Constable, Turner and … Continue reading

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From the Birmingham Post 1995

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Captain Harry

This splendid photograph of Harry Gem aged 48/9 was previously unknown until a couple of months ago. It depicts Harry as a captain in the Birmingham Rifle Volunteer Corps (Warwickshire Rifle Corps, Birmingham Division) and has emerged from the archives … Continue reading

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Gem & Perera’s first game at Ampton Road, Edgbaston

It was in 1859 that lawn tennis pioneer Harry Gem and his friend JBA Perera first experimented with a game recognizably the forerunner of the modern game of lawn tennis and which they called Pelota, in homage to Perera’s Spanish … Continue reading

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Court on Canvas – the book

An advanced copy of the Barber Institute’s book Court on Canvas has just arrived. It will be on sale when the Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art and A Gem of  Game exhibitions open next Friday 27th May.

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