Pupils’ racecourse history work goes on display at national sports stadium

The Hamilton Grammar School pupils at Hampden Park in Glasgow. “The quality of the projects [they produced] was incredible,” says Hamilton Park racing manager Sulekha Varma

A recent collaboration between Hamilton Park Racecourse near Glasgow and Hamilton Grammar School has hit the spotlight at Scotland’s National Stadium. 

The ‘Studying the Form at Hamilton Park’ project, which showcases horse racing’s deep-rooted history in the local area, was exhibited at Hampden Park’s Hall of Fame from November 25 to December 2.

Using photos and documents from the racecourse’s archive, the Hamilton Grammar School pupils researched the history and significance of racing in Hamilton and beyond, producing some stunning pieces of artwork.

The S2 pupils (aged 12-14) started the project at the end of their S1 year, and their work was initially exhibited at the Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce Raceday at Hamilton Park on September 23. Racegoers enjoyed viewing the exhibition while the pupils proudly discussed their work. 

The pupils visited Hampden Park during the exhibition and they were treated to an entertaining behind-the-scenes tour of the famous stadium. 

Sulekha Varma, Racing Manager at Hamilton Park, said, “We are thrilled that the project has been exhibited at Hampden Park’s Hall of Fame. The quality of the projects produced by the pupils was incredible and we enjoyed sharing the racecourse’s intriguing history with younger generations. We are hugely grateful to Richard McBrearty, the team at the Scottish Football Museum and Sport Heritage Scotland for this superb opportunity.”

Aileen Goring, S1 Year Head at Hamilton Grammar School, added, “Both the pupils and teachers are very excited to have showcased their fantastic work at Hampden Park following the success at Hamilton Park in September. It has been fascinating to learn more about the racecourse and its appeal to all ages.”

The Hall of Fame at Hampden Park is open seven days a week. For more information on the exhibition, please call 0141 616 6139 or click here.

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