14th March 2008 at 00:00
Staff at the historic Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, are hoping that an exhibition opening tomorrow in the A-listed 17th-century building will prove to be a crowd puller.

Matchday, a touring show from the Scottish Football Museum, features dozens of photographs taken at the grounds of Scottish senior football clubs over the course of one season.

Researchers from the football museum at Hampden Park in Glasgow attended home games being played as far afield as Stranraer in the south and Aberdeen in the north.

The exhibition, which runs until April 14, includes photographs of not only players but also fans, club officials, office staff, police, media reporters and even the people who clean the football boots.

The Matchday curator, Richard McBrearty, says: "Football is becoming a popular subject for non-specialist museums to cover. It gets people through the doors in large numbers and is also part of the social inclusion policy.

"It's a great learning tool. We ran an after-school club at the football museum, where we tied maths and English to the game, and two boys who had been expected to be trouble ended up as the top learners because they loved football," he smiles.

Running alongside the show is My Team, artwork by East Dunbartonshire adults with learning disabilities who visited sports and leisure facilities and then turned their sketches and photographs into finished work with the help of staff from the arts charity Project Ability.

My Team, which shows how a wide variety of sporting activities can be used as inspiration for art, is in DVD format and will be shown on screen in a continuous loop.

Auld Kirk Museum, T 0141 578 0144.

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