The First World War at the Scottish Football Museum…
The Scottish Football Museum will commemorate the First World War with a dedicated display funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum secured £7,400 from HLF to create the display which highlights the role of football during the First World War.
One of the most important exhibits within the entire exhibition is the Colour of the 16th (Service) Battalion Royal Scots (McCrae’s Own) which tells the story of the footballers from Heart of Midlothian FC as well as players from other clubs who enlisted to serve under Edinburgh businessman Sir George McCrae. The Colour has been loaned from the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle. Also on display is a spent German shell casing which was used by the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders as an inter-company football trophy between 1915 and 1917. The outer casing of the shell is engraved with the regimental crest and includes the title of the football tournament. The shell appears to date from 1915 when the 2nd Battalion saw fierce fighting at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and the Battle of Loos. The First World War display also tells the story of former Celtic player Willie Angus who won the Victoria Cross whilst serving with the Royal Scots and explores the impact of the war on football back home in Scotland with a display on the Munitionette football teams, created by women working in the munitions factories.
The First World War display forms part of a bigger exhibition called…
Football on Parade
The story of football in Scottish regiments, 1851 – 2014
The broader exhibition starts off with a display on the world’s oldest football trophy, a wonderful silver medallion won by the 93rd Highlanders when they defeated the Edinburgh University Football Club in 1851. Three years later many of the triumphant footballers were helping to form the ‘thin red line’ when the 93rd Regiment withstood a Russian cavalry charge during the Crimean War. The medallion has been loaned from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle.
The exhibition includes objects from India’s prestigious Durand Cup competition, the oldest national cup competition out with the UK. The original Durand Cup which was won by the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the inaugural final of 1888 was later won three times in succession by the Highland Light Infantry who were given the trophy to keep. A second Durand Cup was put forward for competition and this was won three years in succession by the Black Watch who also got to keep the trophy! Both trophies are displayed together for the first time, thanks to the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and the Black Watch Museum.
The exhibition features a collection of Army Cup miniatures which were presented to Scottish regiments as a keepsake for winning the prestigious competition. The biggest of these miniatures belongs to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers who won the trophy in 1929 and it is displayed alongside the match ball, thanks to the KOSB Museum who are based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. In creating the exhibition the Scottish Football Museum has had the support of all of Scotland’s major regimental museums as well as the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Our most recent exhibition, Following the ‘Lok and has been created by young photographer Ross MacDonald. We first came across Ross when he was a finalist in the Herald photographic competition for the Kelvingrove football exhibition last year.
Following the ‘Lok’
Ross MacDonald has been going to watch semi-professional team, Pollok Football Club since he was two years old, when his dad first started to bring him along to games. A passionate fan and keen photographer, he became the official club photographer in mid-November 2012 when asked by the club after taking his camera to numerous matches.
By the start of the 2013-14 season, Ross was attending college to study photography out with school. Through this season, his talent began to grow as Ross developed the skills necessary to get the best results. This exhibition follows Ross’ work from his time at Pollok, revealing how he and his team have progressed over that period.
It is safe to say that the events of 2012 have been amongst the most turbulent in the long
history of Rangers Football Club. Surrounded by a series of climactic events and an almost never-ending sequence of headline stories it is perfectly understandable that the 140th anniversary of the founding of the club and the 40th anniversary of its greatest triumph were overshadowed. A few months on from that difficult period there was an opportunity for the Scottish Football Museum to acknowledge such notable milestones within the history of one of the giants of the Scottish game. The European Cup Winners Cup kindly donated for a limited time from Rangers FC, Scottish Cup winners medal from the first successful campaign of 1894 and varying other objects surrounded by the Club’s history were on display.
November 2012 – July 2013
Yoanis Rigo Comet, a young Cuban artist, was invited by Tom Campbell, a Scottish football historian, to provide sketches for a forthcoming book. After completing the sketches, Yoanis embarked on a series of oil paintings, the principal feature of this exhibition.
Vivid in colour, vibrant in emotion, they constitute a remarkable visual history of one of Scotland´s leading football clubs.
August 2012 – June 2013
In a career stretching over 40 years Malky McCormick has become Scotland’s best known cartoonist and caricaturist with his popular style of artwork entertaining millions of readers of many Scottish and UK national newspapers with the highly successful cartoon strip ‘The Big Yin’, depicting Billy Connolly, in the Sunday Mail being the most recognisable.
In the entrance foyer of the Scottish Football Museum was a selection of his work, as well as a ‘Big Yin’ section it included interpretations of all the Scotland football team managers from the 1970’s onwards.
A special exhibition has been created to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary at Hampden Park.
Scottish Cup and League Cup finals and the important Scotland matches that have been hosted by the stadium over the last decade feature within the displays.
The big events that have come to the stadium over the last 10 years are covered from the UEFA Champions League Final in 2002 and UEFA Cup Final in 2007 to music concerts and Scottish Claymores games.
Finally wider events within Scottish football are also commemorated, from Celtic and Rangers reaching UEFA Cup finals to Scotland’s victory in the Kirin Cup and, of course, James McFadden’s wonder goal in Paris!
Feb 2012 – Oct 2012
We were very excited about this exhibition. What happens when you ask a group of creative and imaginative artists to explore the theme of Memory? You’ll probably get a myriad of different answers. Perhaps a family holiday, the lyrics of a song, a trip to the theatre, a feeling of peace in a familiar place, a loved friend or relative losing their memory, a story from the past, your favourite comfy chair, the day that we won the Cup, wartime reminiscences. We selected and invited a group of 72 artists from across Scotland, and some from further afield, to create a special work with their own interpretation of the theme. The artists vary greatly in style, age and background. Amongst those participating, there are established Royal Scottish Academicians, senior art school lecturers, full time painters, sculptors and recent graduates. Some work in bronze, some in glass, others are figurative or surrealist painters and printmakers. So the interpretations of the theme could be very wide apart. Anything from narrative to a psychological study, a visual metaphor or treasured reminiscence. In fact the exhibition could be quite a surprise package as much to us as to you, ranging from the obvious and predictable to the somewhat unexpected. Each specially chosen artist has his or her own individual response to the topic, creating a lasting sensory and visual experience for the onlooker. There will be humour, melancholy, pathos, fear, happiness, joy and all the emotions that make up the human spirit. The response of these artists has been fantastic, with many saying that the subject was inspirational, touching them in a personal sense. The works in this exhibition explore
‘The Force and Form of Memory’ and the impact it has on our lives. Art, in its widest sense, plays an important role, enhancing the quality of our day to day lives. However, its importance as cognitive decline sets in for people with dementia is not yet really understood or appreciated. Often a person who may not have spoken for a long time, may suddenly remember a past event or person. This sudden return of memory can be triggered by seeing an image, an object, or even hearing a particular piece of music.
Compass Gallery is working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, raising awareness of the impact dementia has on the lives of those affected by the illness. All works are for sale, in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.
24th Nov 2011 – 5th Jan 2012
The 1950s was the era of the ‘Famous Five’ (Hibernian FC), the ‘Iron Curtain’ defence (Rangers FC), the ‘Terrible Trio’ (Hearts FC) the ‘Ancel Babes’ (Motherwell FC).and the ‘Magnificent Magyars’ (Hungary). Each would make a significant contribution to the Scottish game.