An ephemera collection is often the "fun" department of any museum, and certainly it is here. All of it consists of items on paper (and there are thousands of them), items that were never intended to be kept for more than a few weeks, let alone collected. Many date to and before the founding of the museum in 1916, such as the exhibition catalogue of the Arts Society in 1884, the programme of the jubilee celebrations in 1897, the 'flyer' for the lecture on X-rays in 1898 and the material from the suffragette movement in the early 1900s. The collection of Wimbledon theatre programmes is exceptional and goes back to 1910 when the theatre opened. Yet this collection is more than just fun; it is with, for example, its large file of the newsletters of local residents' associations, a wonderful archive of social history.
Collection enquiries and research
We are very happy to welcome members of the public who wish to consult our collections for research. Please contact us in advance to arrange an appointment at a time when the Museum is not open to the public.