From the archive


This is our place to showcase some of the best images and pictures from the Herald and Times photo archive.

Housed in the Mitchell Library, this historic archive is not open to the public however each week the Media Resources librarians -with expertise in sport, history, entertainment and more- will uncover hidden gems and make them available to view online.

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  • Born in 1965, Obree's career has been an inspiration for Scottish cyclists, including Chris Hoy.

    The two time world hour record holder, who was named BBC Sportscene personality of the year in 1993, developed a keen interest in cycling as a youngster and regularly won senior races as a junior.

    Driven by a fear of failing and inspired by the hour record set by Francesco Moser in 1984, Obree went on to break the record using his own ‘crouch’ position, which was banned twice, on a bike he built himself.

  • We look back at his victory in pictures and display some other defining images from his lifetime in golf.

    It was an unforgettable shot from a bunker on the final hole that sealed Lyle's victory. That shot at the Augusta National on 10 April 1988 is considered one of the defining moments of championship golf.

    Sandy Lyle had turned pro in 1977 and his first major win was at The Open in 1985.

    As well as the Masters title, he was a five-time European Ryder Cup team member, from 1979 to 1987.

  • The gates of the zoo first opened to the public on July 22, 1913, four years after the Zoological Society was established by Edinburgh lawyer Thomas Gillespie.

    During his time as the zoo's first director he welcomed Scotland's first giraffe, provided a home for Wojtek the brown bear who carried ammunition for Polish troops during the Second World War and also introduced penguins in 1914 which have proved popular with visitors for 99 years.

  • Lynch was born on April 2 1913 in Glasgow and was the second son of John Lynch and his wife Elizabeth Alexander.

    He began boxing as a schoolboy and soon joined the LMS Rovers amateur boxing club. The pugilist slipped easily between amateur and professional boxing at saloons in the Gorbals until his talent was spotted by future manager Samuel Wilson.

    By the age of 20, Lynch had 25 contests under his belt and was already being acknowledged as the best ‘wee’ man in Glasgow.

  • David Livingston is regarded as one of the most popular Scottish heroes of the 19th century.

    The famous explorer, doctor and missionary was born in Blantyre on March 19 1813 and employed in H Monteith & Co. cotton mill, working 12 hour days, from the age of 10.

  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana came to Glasgow and Edinburgh during a whistle stop Royal visit on March 4, 1983.

    The visit was not the couple’s first to Scotland: they came to Balmoral for an extended stay following their wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981.

    However, it was the Princess’s first official Royal visit to Edinburgh and the black and white pictures taken on the day show the huge affection felt for her.

  • Baird, remembered by some as the 'Father of Television’, was born in Helensburgh in 1888.

    By the age of 13 he had experimented with remote-controlled photography, converted his house to electric light and constructed a small telephone exchange to connect his neighbours.

    In 1906 he went to study electrical engineering at Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and tried his hand at a number of different businesses, including jam making, before moving to Hastings, where he carried out many of his television experiments.

  • Written and directed by Bill Forsyth, Local Hero is still hailed as one of the must-see masterpieces of British film and regularly features in top 100 movie lists.

    The follow-up to Gregory’s Girl was filmed in Pennan, Moidart, Loch Taff, Banff, Morar and Loch Eilt, and tells the tale of 'Mac' MacIntyre, a high flying businessman who is sent to Scotland by an American oil company to buy a beach. However, after coming across some tough opposition from locals, falling in love and seeing the Northern Lights, he changes his mind about the oil business.

  • Glasgow had about a dozen dance halls in the 1920s, more than anywhere else in Britain.

    The dance hall tradition remained strong in Glasgow for several decades. In the 1940s and 1950s, venues like the Plaza, the Barrowlands and Green's Playhouse seemed to be at the peak of their powers.

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  • Watt and Buchanan were two of the world’s best boxers and their meeting in Glasgow was a much-anticipated affair.

    Buchanan, who was famous for wearing tartan shorts during his bouts, became British Lightweight Champion in 1968 after knocking out the then title holder Maurice Cullen.

    He won the world lightweight boxing title in 1970 after beating Ismael Laguna in Puerto Rico. The achievement made him the first British fighter to win the title since Freddie Welsh in 1917.

  • McGinn was regarded as the founding father of Scottish folk so today is a doubly special day as it also marks the launch of the 20th Celtic Connections festival.

    Special gig to open Celtic Connections

    McGinn was born in Ross Street, Calton, on January 17, 1928 and attended St Aloysius School.

  • The comedian and actor from Dennistoun was already a household name thanks to the success of Francie and Josie, the teddy boy double act he formed with Jack Milroy, when he launched Scotch and Wry in 1978.

    The show ran for 14 years and went on to become a Hogmanay institution.

  • Only four Scots have won the Sports Personality of the Year title outright but in the team, coach and lifetime achievement award categories there have been a huge number of winners.

    The four supreme champions were swimmer Ian Black, racing driver Jackie Stewart, athlete Liz McColgan and cyclist Chris Hoy. However, a host of other Scots sportsmen and women have won awards in other titles including Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie, Veryan Pappin, Kenny Dalglish and Gavin Hastings.

  • Craig and Charlie Reid were born in Leith in 1962 and spent their formative years listening to early rock ‘n’ roll and country music.

    The identical twins formed a punk band in 1983, which would eventually become the Proclaimers, and began building a dedicated fan base by playing gigs in Scottish towns and cities, including Edinburgh and Inverness.

  • The Big Yin was born on the floor of a room and kitchen in Anderston, Glasgow, on November 24 1942, weighing 11lbs and 4 ozs.

    After leaving school, the comedian, actor, musician, playwright and presenter began working in John Smith’s bookshop and Bilslands Bread before becoming a welder in the Glasgow shipyards.

    He started his showbiz career with Gerry Rafferty and the Humblebums, performing his first solo stand-up show in Paisley in 1965.

  • Armistice Day (November 11) has grown over the years from a ceremony to mark the end of World War I to an event which remembers all those who have lost their lives in battle.

    Every year hundreds of people gather at the cenotaphs in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s George Square to pay their respects to their city’s fallen.

  • But as Rangers prepare to take on Queen’s Park in their lowly third division derby this weekend, we take a look back at the 25th anniversary of one of their most infamous games with Old Firm rivals, Celtic, when, to quote the Herald of the time, ‘the Old Firm clashes almost died of shame’.

    By the end, a team of nine Rangers players managed to secure a 2-2 draw against Celtic’s 10 man squad during the controversial match at Ibrox on Saturday, October 17 1987.

  • Wells had already been crowned 100m Olympic champion at the Moscow games in 1980.

    However, 1982 had been a difficult year for the talented sprinter who, struggling to fine his form, had only run in five races before competing in the 100m Olympic final.

    Yet, despite being behind some of the field at the 60 metre mark, he went into overdrive in the final stretch and managed to snatch a spectacular victory, beating Canadian Johnson with a time of 10.02 seconds.

  • Now, 50 years after it was destroyed by a fire, we take a look back at the history of St Andrew’s Halls in Glasgow.

    The impressive building, which was designed by architect James Sellars, opened in 1877, following demand for a large hall in the West End, at a cost of £100,000 and was bought over by Glasgow’s Town Council for £37,000.  It included a grand hall, several smaller theatres, two rooms called the Berkley and a ballroom.

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