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Game, set and match!

Wimbledon fortnight begins next week. The annual celebration of blazing sunshine, persistent rain, strawberries and, er, tennis. If you find that rain stops play too frequently, you might want to pop along to the @wimbledonmuseum  

There, among lots of other fascinating displays, is a case showing a snapshot of the previous year’s Championships. Throughout the fortnight museum staff scurry around gathering up memorabilia of note – from the champions’ outfits to restaurant menus and ticket stubs to fan-art – anything and everything is collected.  

Then the real work begins as each item is numbered, photographed and labelled and a descriptive entry made on the collection's database before being stored away. Finally, a selection of memorabilia is chosen which best captures the spirit of the Championships and is then displayed for a year – until the next Wimbledon fortnight comes around.  

Towards the end of the Second World War, on 10 July 1945, a certain Virginia Wade was born. At the end of the Cold War there were many positive outcomes – one being the conversion of military hangars into heritage stores. I am just old enough to remember Virginia’s Wimbledon triumph. Virginia was educated in Sussex where I now live within striking distance of my Restore Document Management office @Restore_archive

Now I’m much older, but at least the waiting for our next major champion was put to bed with Andy Murray. Not sure I have recovered from the in-between years watching Tim Henman coming soooo close when he played (wild card entry) Goran Ivanisevic, and rain stopped play when he was so close. Grrrrrrrrrr.