Linda Hope, daughter of Eltham’s most famous son, Bob Hope yesterday launched an exhibition about the life, times and humour of her late father, Bob Hope: A World of Laughter with the help of friends and fans of the late, great entertainer.
The travelling exhibit making its third stop at the Greenwich Heritage Centre has been painstakingly put together by the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum with the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation. A fitting location as Leslie Townes Hope (aka Bob) was born just down the road in Eltham on May 29, 1903.
Linda Hope commented, "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.”
The exhibition which is free to the public, will feature over 170 artefacts, seven videos, and vintage imagery which shows a side of this remarkable man that we’ve not really seen before in this country. It will also include his KBE and CBE conferred on him by The Queen and an original photo hand-signed by Princess Margaret, King George and the Queen Mother on the occasion of the Royal Film command Performance in 1947. The exhibition charts his early years as a child of an English family in America and his rise to become one the most loved, dynamic and enduring personalities and tireless charity campaigner.
Jack Peter, World Golf Hall of Fame Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer said, "On behalf of our Board of Directors and all the Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, we are extremely grateful to Linda Hope and the Bob and Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation for making this exhibition a reality. 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: 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 which bears his name".
The exhibition will be available free of charge to the public in the Berkeley Gallery at the Greenwich Heritage Center at Artillery Square in Woolwich from Friday July 13 through October 28, 2012. Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.45pm
Bob Hope….they don’t make them like that anymore.