1966 World Cup winner, Roger Hunt examining the Jules Rimet and World Cup Final replicas at the launch of the 1966 exhibition

By Jared Tinslay. LAST UPDATED July 13th, 2016

1966 exhibition marks anniversary at Wembley

It's been 50 years since we last tasted glory...

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Half a century has passed since Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet World Cup Trophy for England and, to mark the occasion, English football’s greatest moment has been commemorated at a special exhibition at Wembley Stadium.

An onlooker takes in some of the exclusive exhibits at the launch of the 1966 exhibition at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. The exhibition contains original artefacts from the 1966 World Cup Final, as well as other never-before-seen relics from the iconic era. The biggest collection of England World Cup memorabilia will be centred around matchday apparel from the Final itself and will run from 12th July to January 2017

It will contain original artefacts from the 1966 World Cup Final, including the Jules Rimet Trophy which Moore lifted, and the ball used for the final.

“We are thrilled that the 1966 World Cup Exhibition is returning to Wembley in the month leading up to the day when Bobby Moore lifted the trophy back in 1966,” said Martin Glenn, CEO of The FA.

“The exhibition is designed to celebrate this landmark anniversary and look at the impact winning the World Cup had not only on English football but also on English culture and wider society.”

An onlooker takes in some of the exclusive exhibits at the launch of the 1966 exhibition at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. The exhibition contains original artefacts from the 1966 World Cup Final, as well as other never-before-seen relics from the iconic era. The biggest collection of England World Cup memorabilia will be centred around matchday apparel from the Final itself and will run from 12th July to January 2017

Other relics – never-before-seen – will be on show at the largest collection of England World Cup memorabilia, including spare and unused World Cup medals. Other more quirky items include an unused urine sample bottle and various World Cup Willie toys.

There are a variety of other items, such as a celebration of 1966 as a bookmark for English culture, themed around the music, decor and design from that era. A virtual reality experience will then transport visitors back in time to the most important game in English football history.

The curators also worked with the Black Cultural Archive to show how the win was lived by England’s Afro-Caribbean community, many of whom were relatively new arrivers to the country.

If you want to check it out, the exhibition will run from 12 July to January 2017.

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