Olympic Games inspire sportswear exhibition and creative workshops

6 July 2012

As Olympic fever grips the nation an exhibition that looks at historical sportswear from the City of Aberdeen's costume collection will open on Saturday 14 July at Provost Skene's House, Guestrow, Aberdeen.

On display are garments which represent a variety of sports that have featured in both the summer and winter Olympic Games including tennis dresses, golfing outfits and a late 19th century riding habit.

Victoria Ward, curator of the exhibition said: "When the modern Olympics began in 1896, sportswear was cumbersome as it adhered to the conventions of respectability. Over time the garments worn by sportsmen and women have become more practical and tailored to the sport being played."

The exhibition will run until Saturday 5 January 2013.

Provost Skene's House has also organised free art activities suitable for families with primary school age children to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London.

The drop-in sessions will be held from 10.30am-12.30pm in the large attic at Provost Skene's House on the following dates:

Cameroonian Craft
Saturday 14 July
Celebrate the Cameroonian Olympic team being in Aberdeen by trying out traditional African craft.

Go for Gold
Saturday 21 July
Make your own medal - will you win gold?

Make a Mascot
Saturday 28 July
Design and create your own Olympic mascot.

Get your kit on!
Saturday 4 August
Decorate your own Olympic-inspired t-shirt.