Built by the Caledonian Railway Company, Gleneagles first opened its doors on 6 June 1924, and was soon feted as one of the world’s leading luxury hotels. Gleneagles was hailed as ‘The Palace in the Glens’ and ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ and quickly became an established part of the ‘society’ calendar alongside yachting at Cowes and polo at Deauville.
Over the years, many notable events have taken place at the Perthshire resort, including the first international golf competition between the US and British professionals in 1921; the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in 1977, and the 2005 G8 summit of world leaders.
However, despite its fame, archive material about the hotel’s history is sorely lacking, as Diageo archivist Christine McCafferty explains: “Gleneagles has had a fascinating journey over the past 90 years. We know it has played host to Hollywood legends, sportsmen and world leaders – however, we’re not just interested in the rich and famous.
"We want to hear from the people from all walks of life who have worked and played at Gleneagles in its history. We’re building up a great archive, but a lot of the material from the British Rail days has been lost. We know there must be literally thousands of interesting stories, photographs and pieces of memorabilia out there and we’d love to get our hands on them - who knows, we could unearth a bit of missing history.”
Bernard Murphy, Gleneagles General Manager, commented: “Gleneagles is an institution and one of which everyone who works here is immensely proud to be a part. Although the hotel has evolved with the passing decades, one can’t escape the sense of history and heritage which hits you when you come through the doors. As we approach this milestone birthday, we want to create a resource to share our story with our friends all over the world. As well as displays in the hotel, we’ll be asking people to share their memories via social media, and hope to create an online archive in the coming months of photography and memorabilia so that anyone who is interested can get a glimpse of some of the key moments in our 90 year history.”
Those with archive material should visit the Gleneagles website.