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Homecoming 2009 archive exhibition now live at National Archives

The new official Homecoming Scotland 2009 Archives display is now on exhibition at the National Archives of Scotland.

Conceived by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, the idea behind the Homecoming archive was to collect, catalogue and preserve materials associated with Homecoming for the benefit of the Scottish people and event organisers and scholars from across the globe.

This colourful display, which is now open to the public, includes many of the highlights of Scotland’s successful Homecoming 2009 celebrations displayed both electronically as well as with examples of original event merchandise.

A vast range of materials, which were involved in the promotion of Homecoming 2009, will be available including catalogues, brochures, adverts, photography, planning documents and interviews with key decision makers. In addition, some unique merchandise including a Robert Burns memory box, a limited edition Famous Grouse label and an Iron Bru can, Mackintosh Tea produced by the Willow Tea Rooms and souvenir golf balls will also be on display. Aside from the range of paper based promotional materials such as leaflets, events guides and postcards, there is also a few unusual items including a pair of 'holy kilt socks' that were marketed as essential footwear for the pilgrimage to Scotland!

Professor Joe Goldblatt, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events at Queen Margaret University, came up with the idea of the archive. He said: “The Homecoming Archive exhibition will not only be of interest to many Scots and the diaspora, the project has assisted Queen Margaret University in developing a model archival process for the modern events industry that will allow organisers to preserve and transmit the outcomes of their events to various audiences.”

He continued: “The Homecoming 2009 Archive is a travelling exhibition which starts in Scotland’s capital and then moves to other parts of Scotland. However, the University, along with its partners (The Scottish Government, EventScotland, Microsoft, Company Net and Service Point)  has also created the exhibition as a digital resource which will allow the materials to be accessed via the Internet and is therefore available to Scots and event organising professionals on a global basis.”

Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh viewed the exhibition during its first week on display in the National Archives of Scotland. She said: “We are very proud that the First Minister, Alex Salmond, shared our vision and agreed for QMU to be the official host of the Homecoming 2009 archive. This project has allowed the University to harness its expertise in event management, tourism and IT solutions with the aim of safeguarding the legacy of Homecoming. The archives will be a useful resource for professionals and scholars involved in tourism, event management and economic development both within Scotland and internationally.”

The exhibit is located at General Register House at 2 Princess Street and will run from 25 July through to 12 August 2011. Opening times: Monday to Friday from 9am – 4.30pm. The archives can also be viewed using the Internet by visiting homecoming09archive.qmu.ac.uk .

The Homecoming Scotland 2009 Archives project is a collaborative partnership led by Queen Margaret University’s International Centre for the Study of Planned Events, the Queen Margaret University’s Learning Resource Centre and involving The Scottish Government, EventScotland, Microsoft, Company Net, and Service Point.  

ENDS

Notes to Editor

The Homecoming Archive exhibition will also travel to other locations in Scotland:

Inverness: November 2011

Aberdeen:  January 2012

Glasgow:  March 2012

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239.

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