Welcome to Wenlock Olympian Society

NEW – The Online Archive

In an exciting development the Society has recently published its digital archive online.  This website provides people with access to all digital images within the Society’s archive.  Chris Cannon, the Society’s archivist, has frequent and regular requests for such images which will now be available to people around the world within a few clicks.  The archive can be accessed via this link:

Wenlock Olympian Society Archive

Our thanks go to the staff of AMMBA Ltd – and particularly to Matthew Jeffs and Robbie Beake who provided the technology and effort to produce this service.

Preserving the ideals of Dr William Penny Brookes – the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement.

Chris Cannon – the Wenlock Olympian Society archivist has written an article for the journal of the International Society of Olympic Historians.  The article describes the background to the return of the four silver ‘Tilting at the Ring’ cups first awarded some 140 years ago to Charles Ainsworth.  These cups made there way to Zimbabwe before being returned to Much Wenlock last year.  The article can be found here: ISOH article.


Wenlock Olympian GamesWenlock Olympian Games
The first Wenlock Olympian Games took place in 1850 and the next ones are scheduled for July 2017. Click below for details of the next event.

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Wenlock Olympian Society President Jonathan Edwards CBEJonathan Edwards CBE
Wenlock Olympian Society President, It’s a great pleasure to welcome our many spectators and competitors – both local and national to the Wenlock Olympian Games”.

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Live Arts FestivalLive Arts Festival
The Live Arts Festival has taken place each year since 1979. Competitions were held in the performing arts as part of the original Olympic Games.

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William Penny BrookesWenlock Olympian Society
Founded in 1860 by William Penny Brookes “to provide annual competitions in sports and the arts for people of every grade”, a significant part of the modern International Olympic Games’ history…

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Wenlocl Olympian TrailWenlock Olympian Trail
For those wishing to delve deeper into the remarkable Wenlock Olympian Society story there is now a designated walk around the town.

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