St Andrews school puts gallery in the picture

Imogen and Michael Carslaw at the Gallery.
Imogen and Michael Carslaw at the Gallery.

A ST ANDREWS school has helped the Scottish National Portrait Gallery paint a picture of sporting history.

Among the exhibitions on display last week when the gallery reopened after a two-year, £17.6m renovation, was a collection called ‘Playing for Scotland,’ which traces the transformation of sport during the 19th century when traditional games flourished and new sports were invented.

Organised by former St Leonards School pupil Imogen Gibbon, now senior curator in the reference section of the gallery, the exhibition features a St Leonards girls’ cricket team photograph from 1881, images of gymnastics and lacrosse from the school in 1895 and a photo of Scotland’s first women’s hockey team from 1901.

The images were handpicked for display by Imogen when she returned to the school earlier this year.

Headmaster of St Leonards, Dr Michael Carslaw, visited the gallery to view the St Leonards photographs.

He said: “It’s marvellous to see St Leonards having been recognised as having a prominent place in the development of sport in Scotland and I’m delighted that the school’s proud sporting traditions continue today.

“I’m thrilled that other people can se some of the wonderful artefacts that have been collected over the years.’’