Commonwealth Games Exhibition

20 Jun ‘14
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9.00AM - 5.00PM

Venue: Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

A new exhibition showcasing Scotland's relationship with the Commonwealth Games has gone on display at the University of Stirling.

Hosts and Champions - featuring photographs, clothing, flags, medals and other memorabilia - charts the participation and achievements of Scotland in the international sporting event, which launched as the British Empire Games in 1930. It also highlights Scotland's role as Games hosts in 1970 and 1986.

Displays have been drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, which has been held by the University since 2011.

"We're delighted to be launching this exhibition in the run-up to Glasgow 2014," said University archivist Karl Magee.

"Our Commonwealth Games Archive covers more than 80 years of international sporting competition, beginning with the first Scottish team being selected in 1930. From a vast array of material, we've selected photographs, publications and objects for this new exhibition.  We're previewing it on campus until 18 July. It will then transfer to Glasgow to be part of the official Festival 2014 programme. This enlarged version of the exhibition will run at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow's Merchant City from Thursday 24 July to Sunday 3 August".

He added: "The exhibition has been supported by a £9,960 award from the National Lottery Celebrate Fund.  We'd also like to thank Commonwealth Games Scotland, Glasgow Life and our own Art Collection team for helping us deliver the exhibition."

The exhibition is complemented by a Sport Heritage blog set up by Richard Haynes, Professor of Communications, Media and Culture at Stirling, sharing Commonwealth Games pictures and stories.

Staff are also planning a series of talks at the Scottish Music Centre in Glasgow during the Games. Talks will include a round-table discussion on Scotland’s sporting archives with contributors from Scotland’s major libraries and museums, as well as specific talks on Scottish sport by author Ged O’Brien, Dr Fiona Skillen and Professor Haynes.

Find out more about the exhibition and associated talks at


RSVP: Admission to the Stirling preview - and the main exhibition - is free of charge and there is no need to book in advance.

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