World Golf Hall of Fame and Linda Hope officially open
"Bob Hope: A World of Laughter" in London
Traveling exhibition open at Greenwich Heritage Centre through Oct. 28
London (July 12, 2012) -- Bob Hope was known to say, "London was the scene of my greatest performance, I was born here."
Today, Hope returned home with the help of his daughter, Linda Hope, the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation and the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. They opened the traveling exhibition about the world-famous entertainer and golf fan with a special ceremony at the Greenwich Heritage Centre in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in South London, England.
It's a fitting location, as Leslie Townes (Bob) Hope was born just down the road in Eltham on May 29, 1903.
The exhibit has been touring under the title "Bob Hope: An American Treasure" for previous stops at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., but will assume the name "Bob Hope: A World of Laughter" for its UK engagement. The exhibition will be open at London's Greenwich Heritage Centre in time for the 2012 Olympic Games and concludes Oct. 28, 2012.
"Thanks to the creativity and hard work of our friends at the World Golf Hall of Fame, visitors from all over the world, and those wanting an alternative to the Olympics, will have a wonderful opportunity to have some fun as they learn more about an amazing man who brought laughter to people around the world, especially to those serving their countries during times of war," said Linda Hope.
The exhibition, which is free to the public, will feature more than 170 artifacts, vintage imagery and nearly 90 minutes of video from Hope's life. It includes the KBE and CBE conferred on Hope by The Queen, and photos and artifacts from the Bob Hope British Classic, an event played on the European Tour in the 1980s and won by World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer in 1981.
The exhibition charts Hope's early years as a child of an English family in America and his rise to become one the world's most loved, dynamic and enduring personalities. Hope was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1983, but he was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Olympic Games. Several new items at the London stop show Hope's involvement, including unique memorabilia from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the Seoul Games in 1988.
"On behalf of our Board of Directors and the Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, we are extremely grateful to Linda Hope and the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation for making this exhibition a reality," said Jack Peter, World Golf Hall of Fame Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Greenwich Heritage Centre have been tremendous partners and we are thrilled to be able to share Bob's legacy in such a beautiful and historic venue."
Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "We're really proud of Bob Hope's connection to the Royal Borough of Greenwich and to Eltham, the place of his birth. The 'Bob Hope: A World of Laughter' exhibition at the Heritage Centre is a great opportunity for local people and visitors to Royal Greenwich to enjoy his enduring legacy. His influence lives on as one of the true giants of the entertainment world and particularly for us here at the place of his birth at the theatre in Eltham, which he saved and bears his name."
For more information on the Bob Hope traveling exhibition or the World Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.
The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
As the Founding Partner of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum and World Golf Village, Shell Oil Company played a lead role in supporting the development and growth of the institution, which opened in 1998. Since then, their continued involvement has led the way for others to join in support of the Hall of Fame & Museum's mission.
About the Greenwich Heritage Centre
The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Heritage Centre, located in South London at the Royal Arsenal complex on the bank of the Thames River, brings together the former Borough Museum and local history library to offer a wealth of information and fascinating displays about the history of Royal Greenwich.
Among the collections held there are administrative and church records dating back to the 1600s. Items in the collection include:
- maps from the seventeenth century to the present day
- files of local newspapers from 1834 to date
- a Plumstead deed document of 1387 (the centre's oldest document!)
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