Real tennis is the original form of the racquet game that evolved into the familiar sport of lawn tennis. A craze that spread across Europe from France in the 16th century, this indoor version was once played by the British royal family until the Puritans put a stop to it. By the 20th century the sport was kept up by enthusiasts such as the club at Merton College in Oxford visited here by Geoff Meade of ATV Today who finds out how to play the game that also inspired squash.
The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.