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Women’s Golf in St Andrews

We are launching our new-look blog with a story about an old favourite here in St Andrews – golf. The blog has been migrated to a new format to bring it into line with other University blogs. Don’t worry though – all the previous content, which we know is much used and referred to as…

13 May 2020Archives

St Andrews Photography Festival: Scots on the Green

In this final focus on the Library’s exhibitions for the St Andrews Photo Festival, 1-30 September 2017, we feature images of golf. Throughout Scotland, golf is ubiquitous. That’s not to say that there are merely lots of golf courses; that could be said of many places around the world. In Scotland, golf is an integral…

31 August 2017Events exhibitions Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

St Andrews Photography Festival Returns this September!

Preparations for the second St Andrews Photography Festival are well underway. This year we are looking at ‘Scots at Home’, a theme that allows for many interpretations and approaches. Our team in Special Collections has been hard at work curating four distinct shows from our photographic archive. The photographic firm J. Valentine & Sons of…

11 August 2017Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

St Andrews Photography Festival:  Programme

This is the final post in our series about the St Andrews Photography Festival – you can see the previous posts in the series below: Robert Moyes Adam: Golf Photographic Collection: The Weighing Machine by Frank Raffles, 1989: Hamish Brown in Morocco: Mrs Beatrice Broughton, by Thomas Rodger (1832-1883): Our photo team have spent this…

28 July 2016exhibitions Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

St Andrews Photography Festival: Golf Photographic Collection

This is the fourth post in a weekly series highlighting images featuring at the upcoming St Andrews Photography Festival, 1 August – 11 September 2016 [https://www.facebook.com/StAndPhotoFest]. Four gentlemen golfers in their car outside the New Club; one of the gentlemen is Willie Rusack. 1904 (GMC-F-28). There are myriad reasons why this particular image is such…

14 July 2016Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

Reading the Collections, Week 38: Precognition Statements, Receipts, and the Making of ‘St Andrews – In The Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’

This week we have a guest post by Roger McStravick, a golf history writer specialising in St Andrews, Old Tom Morris and legends from the 1800s to 1920. He made use of material held in Special Collections while researching his new book ‘St Andrews: In the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris’. I think it’s fair…

26 November 2015Lawrence Levy Photographic Golf Collection Manuscript Collection Photographic Collection Reading the Collections

Reading the collections, Week 31: The Lawrence Levy Collection

In the 1980s there was precious little golf on the TV in the UK. There was no internet and the newspapers were, with the exception of Today, black and white only. If golf was your passion then the only way to capture the essence of the professional game on a regular basis was through the…

18 September 2015Lawrence Levy Photographic Golf Collection Photographic Collection Reading the Collections

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 43: How to Play Golf

While the 250,000 photographs within the Lawrence Levy Collection comprise a sizeable chunk of the Special Collections’  golf holdings, the other photographs and books hold many precious gems. One of which, a book from the ‘Spalding’s Athletic Library’ – James Braid’s Golf Guide and How to Play Golf printed circa 1910, is by no means…

28 August 2014How-To's Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection