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Eric Liddell: Legacy of an Olympic Legend 

Image courtesy of The Eric Liddell Community

About the exhibition

An inspiring exhibition commemorating the legendary athlete Eric Liddell will go on display at the Scottish Parliament this summer, marking the centenary of Liddell’s iconic Olympic gold medal victory in Paris in 1924.

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the life and legacy of Eric Liddell – "the Flying Scotsman" and 1924 Olympic champion – alongside other legends from the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame and Scottish athletes competing in the 2024 Olympics.

About Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell's remarkable story reached global audiences through the 1981 Oscar-winning film, ‘Chariots of Fire’. The film, celebrated for its inspiring narrative and memorable soundtrack, continues to influence and uplift people around the world.

Born in Tianjin, China, Liddell was a devout Christian who famously withdrew from the 100m heats at the Paris Olympics because they were held on a Sunday, his Sabbath. Instead, he competed in the 400m event, where he triumphed, securing his place in history as the last British athlete to win gold in this event.

Organised by The Eric Liddell 100 campaign, which Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal serves as Patron, this initiative seeks to honour Liddell’s legacy and inspire future generations through a series of events and activities emphasizing his core values of passion, compassion, and integrity. You can find out more about the Eric Liddell 100 campaign here: The Eric Liddell 100 - The Eric Liddell Community.

Eric Liddell logo

British Sign Language exhibition introduction

 

Gaelic translation of exhibition material

More information

Plan your visit

This free public exhibition is located inside the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament Building and therefore you will need to pass through security to reach it.

For opening times of the building, parking information and more, go to our plan your visit page.

Don't forget to stop at our shop and café during your visit!

Accessibility

Visitor behaviour policy

Please remember that this is a working parliamentary building and, as such, you are expected to behave as set out in this policy. We reserve the right to remove visitors who breach this policy and apply a period of exclusion from our public galleries and parliamentary business.

For all visits, please:

  • follow all instructions from parliament staff, including any requests to bring ID with you
  • do not leave your bags and personal belongings unattended
  • do not smoke in the building
  • do not eat or drink, except in the restaurants
  • if given one, wear your visitor lanyard and pass at all times. Return it when asked or when leaving
  • collect any items retained by security as you leave
  • note that protests are not allowed inside the building. Banners, flags and political slogans are forbidden

The Parliament’s Standing Orders cover public access to parliamentary business. They allow the Presiding Officer to set reasonable conditions, and exclusions if these are not met.

For visits to see parliamentary business, please:

  • enter, sit in and leave the galleries quietly and as requested by parliamentary staff
  • switch all electronic devices off, and secure them as instructed by parliamentary staff
  • do not cause a distraction or disruption to parliamentary business. If there is a disruption in the Chamber, the Presiding Officer can ask visitors to leave
  • note that people who wilfully disrupt may face a period of exclusion from future visits
  • do not applaud or shout out during meetings
  • do not take photos, videos or recordings during meetings
  • obtain prior permission to paint, sketch or draw
  • follow the instructions of parliamentary staff on when and where to sit and to leave. For First Minister’s Questions, this includes remaining seated for the entire session. If you need to leave before the session ends, please speak to the nearest member of Parliament staff

Days and times

25 July to 12 September 2024

Monday to Saturday

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Price

Free

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