Honor Godfrey and Nicolas Mahut (FRA) at the Wimbledon museum in 2010
Wimbledon Museum curator Honor Godfrey has been awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced on 14 June.
The award, made for services to tennis, recognises her outstanding contribution to the Wimbledon Museum. She will be sent a date to attend the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
“I was absolutely amazed and I have been overwhelmed by family, friends and my tennis colleagues,” said Godfrey. “The museum is such a team effort that I feel this is an award for everyone.”
Godfrey started at Wimbledon in 1975 when she was lent by Robinsons to the All England Club for one day a week to help with the development of the museum. Godfrey worked closely with the designers to create the Wimbledon Museum, which opened in 1977. She remained on the museum committee from 1977-1984 and became curator in October 1999.
Godfrey considers the biggest event of her time at Wimbledon to be the opening of the new museum in 2006, and has taken great pride in developing the museum outside its immediate walls.
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer Honor our warmest congratulations,” said All England Club Chief Executive Richard Lewis. “It is terrific news and thoroughly deserved.”