An exhibition celebrating Scotland's relationship with the Commonwealth Games comes to Dewars Centre in Perth on Thursday 28th May.

Drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive held by the University of Stirling, ‘Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games’ celebrates over 80 years of participation and achievement by Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, from its origin as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, through to Glasgow 2014.

The exhibition, which will be touring Scotland over the next year, includes photographs, designs, clothing, papers and artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland's involvement in the Games, including as hosts in 1970, 1986 and 2014.
Richard Haynes, Professor of Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling and academic curator of the exhibition, said: “We are delighted to bring the Hosts and Champions exhibition to Perth.

“I’d like to thank the Scottish Government's Legacy 2014 team for initiating and supporting the tour, and we hope local communities will enjoy and reminisce on some of Scotland's great sporting achievements at the Games, as both hosts and champions!”

Live Active Leisure would like to invite everyone in the local community to come and view this excellent exhibition.  The exhibition will be on display: 

- Mondays: 09:00-17:00
- Tuesdays: 09:00-19:00
- Wednesdays 09:00-17:00
- Thursday: 09:00-19:00
- Friday: 09:00-17:00
- And 09:00-17:00 on 13 June as part of the Adventure Festival

Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, said: “The Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive is a fantastic collection of artefacts which highlight how the Games have grown and Scotland’s involvement from the very beginning. We are delighted these exhibitions will bring the archive to life and allow people to share in what makes the Commonwealth Games so special.”
Representing the Scottish Government, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland hosted, and Scotland will continue to benefit from the best Games ever.

“This exhibition gives us a fascinating insight into Scotland’s Commonwealth Games story. It brings together a spectacular array of photographs, artefacts, and interviews with competitors and medallists from across Scotland, spanning more than 80 years of international sporting competition.

“However, the Games have not just left us a legacy of medals and memorable moments – their success will continue to be felt across Scotland for years to come, providing an unprecedented catalyst for regeneration, innovation and sustainable growth.”

Hosts and Champions will be displayed in a number of local authority cultural venues across Scotland in 2015 and 2016.  The exhibition will be on display to the public from 28th May until 26th June.

The exhibition, developed with the support of Commonwealth Games Scotland and Legacy 2014, is curated by the University of Stirling Archives.