Lot 130Scarce 1891 Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games Meeting...

Auction Date: 21/09/2016 at 11am



Scarce 1891 Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games Meeting - comprising single folded card for the Programme and Entry Form to be held on Tuesday 19th May at Much Wenlock – President Dr William Penney Brookes one of the founder members and especially known for inspiring the modern Olympic Games. Note Dr WP Brookes (1809-1895) - his lifelong campaign to get Physical Education on the school curriculum brought him into contact with Baron Pierre de Coubertin. In 1890, the young French aristocrat visited Much Wenlock and stayed with Dr Brookes. The Society staged a Games especially for the Baron and, inspired by the event and his discussions with Brookes, Coubertin wrote: "If the Olympic Games that Modern Greece has not yet been able to revive still survives there today, it is due, not to a Greek, but to Dr W P Brookes". Coubertin went on to set up the International Olympic Committee in 1894, which was followed by the Athens 1896 Olympic Games that came under the auspices of the Committee

Guide Price: £80.00 - £120.00

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