OVER the next three months, the Borders will be celebrating Scotland’s sporting success.

With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in full swing, an exhibition has been set up to discover the country’s relationship with the event.

Drawn from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, held by the University of Stirling, Hosts and Champions celebrates more than 80 years of participation and achievement – from its origin as the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, through to Glasgow 2014.

Hawick Museum will host the exhibition first. It is currently being shown in the entrance hall and gallery until May 12.

It will then move onto Coldstream Museum from May 21.

The exhibition, which is touring the country, includes photographs, designs, clothing, papers and artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland’s involvement in the Games, including as hosts in 1970, 1986 and 2014.

The display began life as part of the cultural programme which accompanied the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and began its tour of Scotland in 2015.

Since then it has travelled hundreds of miles and been seen by thousands of people.

Richard White, assistant curator at Hawick Museum, said: “It is a great honour to be hosting this exhibition.

“The exhibition has never been to the Borders, a region with a strong sport tradition and several recent medallists.

“Because it coincides with the current Games in the Gold Coast, this is a great time to give local people and tourists a chance to enjoy an interesting and informative display.

“We hope local communities will enjoy and reminisce on some of Scotland’s great sporting achievements at the Games, as both hosts and champions.”

Michael Cavanagh, former chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, added: “The Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive is a fantastic collection of artefacts which highlight how the Games have grown and trace Scotland’s involvement from the very beginning.

“We are delighted these exhibitions will bring the archive to life and allow people to share in what makes the Commonwealth Games so special.”

For more information on the Hawick event, call: 01450 364747 or email: hawickmuseum@liveborders1.org.uk

The exhibition will run until Saturday, May 12. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-noon and 1-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 2-5pm.