Posted on 07/08/2017 in Acrobatic


The Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh Library, has been awarded Wellcome Trust Research Resources funding for the project “Body Language: movement, dance and physical education in Scotland, 1890-1990”. 

Working in collaboration with the Fergusson Gallery, Perth, the project will catalogue, preserve and make available the following three collections: the archives of Scottish Gymnastics, which have recently been donated to University of Edinburgh Library; the records of Dunfermline College of Physical Education, and the archives of Margaret Morris Movement International. 

Cataloguing the collections will put them into their historical context and reveal how they interrelate, while digitisation and engagement activities will open them out to the public, practitioners and the research community. “Body Language” runs from September 2017-September 2019.”

To support this collection, The University of Edinburgh is asking for donations of further material, and are interested in items which are unique and tell us something about the history or operation of Scottish Gymnastics, such as correspondence, photographs, press cuttings, meeting papers etc. The collection is unable to take duplicate items.  

They are particularly interested in copies of Scottish Gymnastics handbooks and issues of Scot-Gym magazine.

Euan Lowe, Scottish Gymnastics CEO, said: “We are delighted The University of Edinburgh is to catalogue and preserve our archives, thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust. 

“In looking at the history of gymnastics in Scotland, it shows its significance within the wider sporting context. Its contribution to education and physical health highlights the importance of introducing children to movement at an young age. So many top athletes have had an early experience in gymnastics, including Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Adam Peaty, who just last month defended his two world titles in blistering style.

“There is such a rich heritage in our sport in Scotland, which you can see looking through the books, records and treasures we have in our collection of historic items. 

“However, there are chunks missing and we are appealing for donations from our members who may have something significant at home they would be willing to donate, so we can capture the full history of Scottish Gymnastics and preserve it for generations to come.”

If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact Becky Harris at

Alternatively, you can speak to Becky or hand in donations at events held at the Bell's Sports Centre, Perth:

Scottish National Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 24 & 25 February

Scottish National Acrobatic NDP Championships and Team Competition, 3 & 4 March

There will be the opportunity to view the collection at a future date. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more.

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