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Gleneagles Hotel in search for lost archive material

Ryder Cup host venue wants the public to share their own memories and photographs

GLENEAGLES HOTEL is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and is on the lookout for archive material that has been lost over the years.

Whether it’s pictures, memorabilia or simply photographs, Gleneagles Hotel are looking to find as many pieces as they can to coincide with the anniversary, and even hope they might uncover an exciting piece of history.

It may be preparing to host one of the biggest events in golf this September, but it is also making arrangements to mark its anniversary in June.

The hotel is calling for members of the public to share their memories, memorabilia and photographs of the resort, which was once hailed as ‘The Palace in the Glens’ and ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’.

Over the years, it has hosted numerous notable events, including the first international golf competition between the US and British professionals in 1921; and the 2005 G8 summit of world leaders.


“Gleneagles has had a fascinating journey over the past 90 years,” said Diageo archivist Christine McCafferty. “We know it has played host to Hollywood legends, sportsmen and world leaders – however, we’re not just interested in the rich and famous. We want to hear from the people from all walks of life who have worked and played at Gleneagles in its history.

“We’re building up a great archive, but a lot of material from the British Rail days has been lost. We know there must be literally thousands of interesting stories, photographs and pieces of memorabilia out there and we’d love to get our hands on them – who knows, we could unearth a bit of missing history.”


Bernard Murphy, Gleneagles general manager, is looking forward to marking the anniversary in style throughout the year.

He said: “Gleneagles is an institution and one of which everyone who works here is immensely proud to be a part. Although the hotel has evolved with the passing decades, one can’t escape the sense of history and heritage that hits you when you come through the doors.

“As we approach this milestone birthday, we want to create a resource to share our story with our friends all over the world.”

If you have any archive material, visit for more information.

ANNIVERSARY It has been 90 years since the Gleneagles Hotel first opened and it has played host to several major events during that time


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