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Great British Menu 2017 Celebrates Lawn Tennis

L to R: Ryan Simpson, Orwells, Oxfrodshire; Pip Lacey, Murano, London; Nick Deverell-Smith, The Churchill Arms, Gloucestershire. The current series of the Great British Menu competition on BBC TV celebrates the 140th anniversary of the Championships at the All England … Continue reading

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Maud comes into the garden

On Monday 19th June we set up the court, in line with Gem and Perera’s 1874 rules, in the garden at Ampton Road, Edgbaston, ready for a promotion event by the wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and LTA. This coincided with … Continue reading

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Grays Real Tennis Racquets

We are indebted to Grays for their generosity in donating six real tennis racquet frames. Once they are strung they’ll be put to use on demonstration days and events related to the history of lawn tennis. Before lawn tennis specific … Continue reading

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BBC Antiques Road Trip

Back in March we filmed, in the garden at Ampton Road and in the Birmingham Library,  a piece with Philip Serrell for the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip series. This will be broadcast in the programme at 4:30pm on Monday 19th … Continue reading

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Gem’s Grave

Gem’s grave and temporary plaque in the March sunlight.   This area of Warstone Lane Cemetery is looking so much tidier than when I first found Harry’s grave. Click link below for a short video: IMG_0623

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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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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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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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Happy birthday Harry

Today, 21st May, is the anniversary of Harry’s birth in 1819. To mark the occasion there will be a re-enactment next week of Harry’s early lawn tennis experiments with his friend Perera in the grounds of the latter’s home in … Continue reading

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