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New Artefact Nls Golf Exhibition Is Cut Above

Thursday, 03 March 2011

Golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to see what is believed to be the world's oldest hole-cutter at the National Library of Scotland.

The artefact has been loaned to the library by the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club to display in its popular golf exhibition which runs until March 20th.

Olive Geddes, curator from the National Library of Scotland, described the hole-cutter as a "fascinating piece of golfing history" and said it was bound to capture the interest of any golfing aficionado.

She said: "This hole cutter was bought by Musselburgh Golf Club for £1 in 1829 and may well be the oldest in existence. It makes holes of 4¼ inches in diameter which was confirmed as the official diameter in 1894.

"Our golf exhibition has had tremendous feedback since its opening last year, and finally comes to a close next month. With this new item giving the exhibition an added appeal, now is as good a time as ever to drop by if you haven't already."

A Swing Through Time exhibition - which has been visited by famous faces including Sir Sean Connery and Colin Montgomerie - showcases some of the most iconic items in the history of the game. More than 200 items are on display, including letters, diaries, photographs, account books, portraits, trophies, written club records and museum artefacts.                                                                                          

Amongst the many golfing gems are the earliest known written rules drawn up in 1744 by the world's oldest golf club, The Company of Gentlemen Golfers, as well as the club's first ever minute book and the silver golf club donated by Edinburgh Town Council as a prize for its competition at the world-famous Leith Links.

A Swing Through Time exhibition is open to the public until March 20th, at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Entry is free.

For further information log onto www.nls.uk


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of the National Library of Scotland


Notes to editors
About the National Library of Scotland

  • The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots - an information treasure trove for Scotland's knowledge, history and culture with millions of items.
  • The Library's collections are of world-class importance. Key areas include rare books, manuscripts, maps, music, moving images, official publications, business information, digital collections, science and technology, and the modern and foreign collections.
  • The Library holds well over 14 million items, including printed items, approximately 100,000 manuscripts, over 32,000 films and nearly 2 million maps. Every week it collects approximately 6,000 new items. Around 80% of these are received free of charge in terms of the Legal Deposit legislation.
  • See www.nls.uk for further information about the Library and its collections
  • Please note that the hole-cutter will NOT be in the Library from 11 - 14 March, 2011.