Exhibitions at the Scottish Football Museum
Alongside the permanent exhibits the Scottish Football Museum runs an exciting programme of special exhibitions.
These themed exhibitions are inspired by the museum’s collections but often include objects from all over Scotland and beyond, offering unique chances to see some incredible items. The exhibitions are designed to draw attention to specific subjects, events, people or places; such as the Scottish Cup and Women’s Football, and help tell Scotland’s footballing story.
Scottish Curling Exhibition
(Please note, this exhibition will close on July 12th 2019)
The Scots created curling. They wrote the first rules and standardised the stones and the size of the rink. They made its language, from the hog to the house, and they gave it to the world.
This exhibition is based on the collection of the late Sheriff David B. Smith which he left to the Scottish Curling Trust in 2015.
The earliest certain reference to curling dates from 1620, though there is evidence from Paisley, that it had been played in the previous century.
This old game was played outdoors, often on rough ice on which the house and the hogs were scratched.
The first indoor rink was at Southport in Lancashire, opened in 1879, it was a commercial failure, but it was followed by rinks in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Curlers travelled long distances, typically by train, to play at the city venues.
The popularity of Ice Hockey in the late 1930’s made possible the building of many more indoor rinks, and new ones were opened in the 1960’s and 1970’s, encouraging women to take up the game.
From 1959 onwards international competition expanded, so that it is now the public face of the game.
The last of the outdoor Grand Matches was held in 1979. Since 200 they have been played indoors every five years.
Our Girls, Our Game
This selection of photographs follows the Scotland Women’s National Team on their successful campaign to gain a place at the finals of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. This is the second major tournament the team has qualified for, following on from their groundbreaking qualification for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament in the Netherlands.
The Clubs Gallery in association with Scottish Power
From Celtic to Cowdenbeath and from Albion Rovers to Aberdeen, the Club’s Gallery, within the Scottish Football Museum, provides a dedicated place for all 42 senior football clubs registered with the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League. A shirt from each club is proudly displayed within the exhibition space accompanied with a brief history including notable milestones. Record crowds, record victories and notable trophy successes from years gone by will provide a touch of nostalgia to the supporters of each club.