The British Golf Museum - St Andrews

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The 5 star British Golf Museum sits at the heart of the home of golf, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course. Imaginative exhibitions, hands on activities and stunning multimedia displays bring to life over 500 years of golfing history. The British Golf Museum is the world’s premier heritage centre for golf.

Time for Lauren's blog: This week I have been exploring the history of the Golf Club and learning more about the social ...
18/05/2020

Time for Lauren's blog:

This week I have been exploring the history of the Golf Club and learning more about the social community golf clubs provided and continue to provide today to its members. As I am not a golfer myself, this community was unfamiliar to me and I was keen to get a sense of what it meant and indeed means, to be a member of a golf club.

Through reading Wray Vamplew’s article 'Empiricism, Theoretical Concepts and the Development of the British Golf Club before 1914', I have come to understand that golf clubs were ‘more than a means of leisure’. I the early days of golf, clubs provided a ‘living space’ and work for the local community. The golf club also provided a social environment for its members, in particular through the clubhouse. Members could meet with other members of similar occupational backgrounds and use the clubhouse as a place to network and make business contacts.

The Clubhouse was also a ‘ haven from work and family where they [members] could settle in their favourite chair and enjoy a drink or participate in a hand of cards or a game of snooker.’ As I am particularly interested in the history of women’s golf, what was most striking is that the clubhouse was traditionally ‘a male preserve’, from which women were often excluded.

Of course golf clubs continue to be extremely important today. What does being a member of a club mean to you? Please share your thoughts and experiences!

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay to you all.We are missing our building, town, colleagues and collections but so pleased a...
18/05/2020

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay to you all.

We are missing our building, town, colleagues and collections but so pleased at the response to our online content.

We can't wait to be greeting visitors again and having our regular Friday bacon roll coffee breaks.

Hands up who also misses a scone and flat white overlooking West Sands? 👋☕

#MuseumsSparkJoy #golf #standrews

Are you looking out your window dreaming of playing golf?  Or are you one of the lucky ones with a tee time?This is our ...
17/05/2020

Are you looking out your window dreaming of playing golf? Or are you one of the lucky ones with a tee time?

This is our Sunday #golfingart post for today, where was the artist sketching this scene?

#MuseumWeek #DreamsMW

Ready for your next #ClimateMW question? This painting is of Tom Morris Jnr's last match in the snow. 😢In the days of fe...
15/05/2020

Ready for your next #ClimateMW question? This painting is of Tom Morris Jnr's last match in the snow. 😢

In the days of feathery/gutty golf balls, it was challenging finding your ball in the white snow ❄️(and amongst daisies).

How did golfers adapt their golf balls? 👀

It's quiz time! Today's theme Climate is part of MuseumWeekName the ball and stick game played in the Low Countries on f...
15/05/2020

It's quiz time! Today's theme Climate is part of MuseumWeek

Name the ball and stick game played in the Low Countries on frozen lakes, canals and rivers during the 'Little Ice Age' of the 16th and 17th Centuries.

14/05/2020
Sharp Focus: A History of the Sharp Brothers and their impact on golf - Paul Miller

The latest talk on our YouTube channel focuses on the Sharp brothers of Hill of Tarvit. Dr Paul Miller discusses how the four Sharp brothers played an important role in the early administration of the golf, and helped to spread the game to Continental Europe.

Paul is a lecturer at SRUC Elmwood in Cupar, a regular conference speaker on golf history, and leads golf history walks in St Andrews.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXfKrCaSzMs

Born in the 1850s and 1860s to Dundee Jute Baron John Sharp and his wife Christian, the four Sharp brothers grew and developed during the era that laid the f...

Today's theme of #MuseumMomentsMW has us thinking of our 30th Anniversary.  On 25th June 1990 the British Golf Museum wa...
14/05/2020

Today's theme of #MuseumMomentsMW has us thinking of our 30th Anniversary. On 25th June 1990 the British Golf Museum was opened, do you remember what the site looked like before?

We've had many special moments and we look forward to the future with excitement!

MuseumWeek

Keep sharing your photographs from your outdoor exercise, close to home. It's good to get a different perspective on you...
13/05/2020

Keep sharing your photographs from your outdoor exercise, close to home.

It's good to get a different perspective on your Wednesday Walk. Pipelands Hill has some cracking views over St Andrews! You can even see the historic Links in the distance.

We are working #TogetherMW during our regular supervision meetings for Lauren's PhD.  It has been fantastic to work coll...
13/05/2020

We are working #TogetherMW during our regular supervision meetings for Lauren's PhD.

It has been fantastic to work collaboratively with Dr Fiona Skilled and Dr Fiona Reid from Glasgow Caledonian University on this project and learn from each other as we move forward.

#MuseumWeek

12/05/2020

Draw the scene outside your window like Champion Golfer, Henry Cotton. It is Art in Quarantine day but you can try it anytime! Rebecca our Curator will lead you through it.

Runtime: 10mins

Remember to share your pictures with us!

Lauren Beatty our PhD student is sharing some further reading this week:I have taken lockdown as an opportunity to build...
11/05/2020

Lauren Beatty our PhD student is sharing some further reading this week:

I have taken lockdown as an opportunity to build my own collection of golf and sport history books. This week’s exciting arrival is The Story of Ladies’ Golf by Malcolm Crane. It has been a joy to read, providing a detailed account of the development of the women’s game. Has anyone read it?

What makes the book all the more enjoyable to read is the fantastic images which are included throughout, bringing some of golf’s most celebrated female players to life. One of my favourites is this photograph of Cecil Leitch taken at the 1914 British Championship at Hunstanton. You get a real sense of the power of her famous swing!

One thing that I have found particular striking in this book and in others I have read, is the role families played in encouraging women to play golf. Lady Margaret Scott, winner of the first Ladies Open Championship at St Anne’s in 1893, has been argued by Crane to have learnt a ‘long exaggerated swing’ from her brothers, who were all ‘top class- amateurs’. What about you? What inspired you to take up golf?

We welcome the return of #MuseumWeek with themes everyday to follow. Today we want to know your golfing #HeroesMW Who in...
11/05/2020

We welcome the return of #MuseumWeek with themes everyday to follow. Today we want to know your golfing #HeroesMW Who inspired you to take to the links?

Bobby Jones influenced so many who followed him, male and female golfers alike.

Sunday is #golfingart day - over your morning coffee, have a look at this view and imagine you are watching this scene. ...
10/05/2020

Sunday is #golfingart day - over your morning coffee, have a look at this view and imagine you are watching this scene.

Where are you? Do you recognise this course? Have you played this hole - let us know what you think.

Guess the next golfer who served during WWII.Posted as an RAF Catering Officer, he won popularity for his bread and butt...
08/05/2020

Guess the next golfer who served during WWII.

Posted as an RAF Catering Officer, he won popularity for his bread and butter pudding, calling for a higher raisin and sultana content. While stationed at RAF Halton, he expanded Chiltern Forest Golf Club.

#VEDay #Golf The Open

Today's quiz questions commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Guess the golfers who served during WWII...She served...
08/05/2020

Today's quiz questions commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Guess the golfers who served during WWII...

She served as an ambulance driver through the Battle of Britain, a Radio Operator in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and a RAF Flight Commander.

07/05/2020
The History of the Women Golfers Museum Collection - Gillian Kirkwood

In the latest talk on our YouTube channel, Gillian Kirkwood discusses the history and growth of the Women Golfers Museum Collection. Gillian is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Collection, which was established in 1938.

The Collection is currently cared for by the British Golf Museum and the Special Collections Unit of the University of St Andrews Library.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAzyjQQx3lc

Gillian Kirkwood discusses the history and growth of the Women Golfers Museum Collection. If you would like to learn more about the collection, please use th...

The Force is strong with four-time Open Champion Willie Park Senior! #StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou
04/05/2020

The Force is strong with four-time Open Champion Willie Park Senior!

#StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren and I am a PhD student working with the Learning and Access Curator Hannah Fleming on ...
04/05/2020

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren and I am a PhD student working with the Learning and Access Curator Hannah Fleming on an Oral History PhD project on Women in Golf in Scotland, in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University. Next year, I will be looking to interview women who have played golf at club level during the period of 1945-1995, to find out what motivated them to take up the game, and any challenges they faced in doing so.

As this is my first year, at the moment I am mainly working on my literature review, which involves a lot of reading! Every Monday, I will be sharing some of my interesting finds as I progress with my research so watch this space!

In the meantime, has anyone read any of these books?

Happy Sunday! Every week we will be sharing images from our collections which depict different golf courses. Do you reco...
03/05/2020

Happy Sunday! Every week we will be sharing images from our collections which depict different golf courses.

Do you recognise this scene? Have you played this hole?

This colourful scene dates from c1914, we can feel the excitement of the shot.

#sportingart #golf #MuseumsfromHome

02/05/2020
The Open

The Open

A Brief History of The Open with Erik Anders Lang ⛳️ Watch now 👉 bit.ly/TheOpenTV

Ready for your next question... Which Open Champion wore these Plus Twos?(Clue: the only British winner of The Open betw...
01/05/2020

Ready for your next question...

Which Open Champion wore these Plus Twos?

(Clue: the only British winner of The Open between Henry Cotton in 1948 and Tony Jacklin in 1969)

For that Friday Feeling test your golf knowledge with our weekly Quiz questions. Today, we'll theme our questions around...
01/05/2020

For that Friday Feeling test your golf knowledge with our weekly Quiz questions. Today, we'll theme our questions around 'Get Dressed Friday'.

Who wore these trousers at The Open in 1960 and 2000?

(bonus if you can tell us why the trouser legs are black and white.)

30/04/2020
Drawing Games: Sporting Art at the National Galleries of Scotland - Imogen Gibbon

In the latest talk on our YouTube channel, Imogen Gibbon, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Portraiture, discusses a selection of sporting artworks from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection. This talk features important artworks from a variety of sports including golf, curling, shinty and football.

Head over to our channel to learn about the variety of activities which have supported engagement with our sporting heritage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkPVd5jLXvU

Join Imogen Gibbon, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, Portraiture, on a run through of a selection of sporting artworks from the National Galleries of Scotlan...

During #lockdown we are missing our regular salon visits...can you rival Henry Lamb's moustache?  This portrait of the f...
30/04/2020

During #lockdown we are missing our regular salon visits...can you rival Henry Lamb's moustache?

This portrait of the famous amateur golfer was painted in 1891 by John Pettie.

He was elected to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at the age of 21 and became Honorary Secretary of Royal Wimbledon and was a founder member of Royal At George's.

#MuseumsFromHome

St Andrews street names tell important parts of the town’s history. Streets are even named after historic golfers. Look ...
29/04/2020

St Andrews street names tell important parts of the town’s history. Streets are even named after historic golfers.

Look at the street names you come across on your walk. What do they say about the history of the place you live in?

Competition is on! Keep an eye on our Twitter page to see us battle with other museums and collections for #CURATORBATTL...
27/04/2020

Competition is on! Keep an eye on our Twitter page to see us battle with other museums and collections for #CURATORBATTLE

This week we play our sassiest object, the portrait of George Whyte Melville, painted by Sir Francis Grant.

Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1851, Major George Whyte Melville was described as "witty, agreeable and kindly, full of racy anecdotes in the Club between rounds." He had a pronounced "waggle" which told who he was a mile away.

#Archive30 Today we look at #fashion These were the latest styles on offer by Debenham & Freebody in 1905.  The puffed s...
25/04/2020

#Archive30 Today we look at #fashion

These were the latest styles on offer by Debenham & Freebody in 1905. The puffed sleeves and cinched waists in the golfing jackets were the preferred look for many female Champions.

We can see what the competitors were wearing in 1905 at Cromer during the Women's Amateur Championship.

Working from home has its perks - copious cups of coffee and listening to loud music. Our Collections Curator is using h...
24/04/2020

Working from home has its perks - copious cups of coffee and listening to loud music. Our Collections Curator is using her art studio space to work from home.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

#Archive30 #YourWorkspace #WorkingFromHome #StayHome #StAndrews

23/04/2020
Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris, Pioneer of Modern Golf - Stephen Proctor

In the week of Tom Morris Junior’s birthday, it seems fitting that he should be the focus of the latest video on our YouTube Channel.

In this talk, Stephen Proctor discusses how Tommy revolutionised the way golf was played, redefined the role of the professional golfer, and helped to spread the game to England and across the globe.

Stephen is an avid golfer and author of “Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris, Pioneer of Modern Golf”. His book chronicles Tommy’s life, demonstrating how he came to dominate the game of golf, setting records that are never likely to be matched.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg3XNdaOz7Y

The key points to be explored would be as follows: 1) How Tommy revolutionised the way golf was played, both in technique and strategy, setting a new standar...

#Archive30Our theme for today is #SomethingSmall - and we have selected an exhibition tag for the 1897 Victorian Era Exh...
23/04/2020

#Archive30

Our theme for today is #SomethingSmall - and we have selected an exhibition tag for the 1897 Victorian Era Exhibition in London. It was attached to a very large portrait of Champion Golfer of 1860, 1863, 1866, 1875, Willie Park Senior.

It is interesting to see that Park's son is noted as the contributor - Willie Park Junior, who was himself Champion Golfer in 1887 and 1889. He also worked as a golf course architect on links across the world. The painting now hangs in the R&A Clubhouse.

Continuing our Walking Wednesdays, can you guess which course holds this magnificent view of St Andrews?
22/04/2020

Continuing our Walking Wednesdays, can you guess which course holds this magnificent view of St Andrews?

Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday today.This portrait of her was painted by Leonard Boden and hangs in ...
21/04/2020

Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday today.

This portrait of her was painted by Leonard Boden and hangs in the Big Room of the Clubhouse. The painting was unveiled in 1975 during the Autumn Meeting. The Queen is Patron of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and when visiting the Club on 1st July 1982 saw the portrait ‘in situ’.

The portrait shows The Queen wearing the Order of the Thistle robes and is one of three official portraits of her by Boden.

#Archive30The view of the The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse is iconic but do you know what it looked like when it was firs...
17/04/2020

#Archive30

The view of the The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse is iconic but do you know what it looked like when it was first built in 1854? The basic H-shape has been added to over the years to accommodate an increased membership, with features like the bay window and upper floors.

We can see what your approach to the 18th green would have looked like at that time.

Have you ever visited the Clubhouse? We do open every year on St Andrews Day and it is a great opportunity to see inside this incredibly historic building.

#archviebuilding

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Bruce Embankment
St Andrews
KY16 9AB

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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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I just visited this site for the first time and I noticed photos of biscuits, coffee, pancakes, "wet sands", meetings in the cafe, selfies, glasses of champagne and the like. I was looking for the bronze sculpture "Faces of Golf" by the incomparable artist Lawrence Holofcener which was unveiled and donated to the museum on July 14, 2015. I scrolled through years and years of postings and did not see the gifted sculpture. As someone who worked on this project, brought it to the museum and set up the unveiling, I'm surprised and disappointed in not seeing the bronze. Has it been removed?
Fantastic visit! Special mention to the Yorkshire lady that was ever so lovely by recommending places to visit in town. Easy to park and such a beautiful town to visit, not just for golf lovers! 10 out of 10!
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I am in the possession of a putter with the following writing on it: R C Wilson UK Special made in Scotland . Please send me any information that you may have regarding this putter. It was found in a basement in a very old home in New Jersey. Thank you in advance for any trouble this may cause.
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Excellent museum but the cafe is a train wreck! Walked out twice this week, first time we were shown to our table and waited for 10minutes only to be told they stopped serving lunch 5minutes ago!! Today we eventually got shown to a table (without a view) despite numerous other tables being empty but not cleared! We had to go and get a menu ourselves and eventually gave up after no one came to serve us after 15mins. Nice venue but urgently needs more staff!!!
A message from your friends at Old Course Loenen, the Netherlands. Old times came to life again this weekend when two, mediaeval dressed, teams 'replayed' the very first 'colf' match 'ever' through the narrow streets of the pittoresk Dutch town of Loenen aan de Vecht. The commemoration was organized on occasion of the 10 year anniversary of the local "Old Course Loenen' Golfclub, situated on only a 'par-4'-distance from the place where it all took place for the first time in 1297.
Hi, I have a papier mache tray around 60-70 cm in diametre. It is painted green on the base and lip. In the centre is a painting of, whome I presume to be, Old Tom Morris playing golf. Around the perifery of the tray is painted Royal and Ancient Golf Club Saint Andrews. The tray is obviously old but in perfect condition. Is it rare as I cannot find any iformation on the internet about it. I would be most grateful for a reply. Helen