Collections

Collections

The Scottish Curling Trust has an interest in acquiring items related to the sport of curling.  The range of items in the collection cover a wide range of aspects of curling, across hundreds of years.  Some items have been acquired by donation while some have been purchased  through private sale or at auction.  The Trust hopes that one day a permanent collection can be put on display in a dedicated space, once premises have been secured and other steps been put in place.

There are a few specific collections are described below:

The David Smith Collection

The late Sheriff David Smith was a Trustee of the Scottish Curling Trust and during his life had amassed the world’s most significant collection of curling items.  David bequeathed his entire collection to the Trust, so upon his death in 2015, the Trust arranged for the collection to be removed from his house and an army of volunteers and vehicles was used to move the items.  The cataloging of the collection has been started though will take a considerable time, given the fact that it includes hundreds of granite curling stones, baskets for transporting stones, brushes, handles, books, magazines, paintings, photographs, medals, trophies and memorabilia.

The exhibition “Curling: Made in Scotland” on display at the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden Stadium, Glasgow in 2019 is predominantly comprised of the David Smith Collection.

The Weem Curling Club Collection

In 2014 the Scottish Curling Trust was contacted by the former members of the Weem Curling Club and advised that the club had been wound up and the property of the club was to be gifted to the Trust.  Some of the items can be seen (for a small entry fee) on public display in Menzies Castle in Weem near Aberfeldy.

The Jackson Medals

WK Jackson was a significant curler in the first half of the 20th century, being the skip of the British Olympic team that won gold medals in the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix.  He also won a vast number of competitions in Scotland and his family sold his medal collection to the Scottish Curling Trust in 2009.  The Jackson collection is currently held in secure storage and not on public display.