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Homecoming Archive to be hosted by Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University is to be the official host of the archives for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

The official announcement by First Minister, Alex Salmond, followed the news that Scotland would build on the outstanding success of the Year of Homecoming by staging a second formal celebration in 2014.

The Homecoming Scotland Archive will provide Queen Margaret University with a unique opportunity to collect, catalogue and preserve materials associated with Scottish Homecoming 2009 for the benefit of people in both Scotland and across the world.

Conceived by QMU’s International Centre for the Study of Planned Events, the idea to host the archive allows the University to harness its expertise in event management, tourism and IT solutions with the aim of safeguarding the legacy of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Dr Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, explained: “We envisage that the archive, which will include catalogues, brochures, adverts, photography, planning documents and interviews with key decision makers, will be a useful resource for professionals and scholars involved in tourism and economic development both within Scotland and internationally”

She continued: “It will also assist 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.”

The Homecoming Scotland Digital Archives and Exhibition project will be designed by Queen Margaret University using new Microsoft technology (Zenith). This will aid the development of a detailed website which will display digital copies of a wide range of material. The new interactive technology will allow users from across the globe to learn more about the diverse and exciting events of Homecoming 2009 and increase interest in Homecoming 2014.

With the assistance of ServicePoint, a visual exhibition will be developed which will travel to various cities throughout Scotland. The travelling exhibition will allow interactive communication with a projected audience of thousands of people across Scotland. The archives will be available online in Spring 2011 with the travelling exhibition beginning next summer and continuing through to December that year.

Dr Wend concluded: “Event Scotland and the Scottish Government have shared our vision for this exciting venture. Without their support, and the generosity of both Microsoft and ServicePoint, this unique and exciting project would not have been possible.”



Notes to editor

  • Microsoft will donate the software for the digital web based archive. This will allow brochures, documents, articles and planning documents to be digitised using Microsoft’s Zenith product.
  • ServicePoint will donate the visual display material for the travelling exhibition.

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




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