Eric Liddell: Legacy of an Olympic Legend

An inspiring exhibition celebrates the legacy of The Flying Scotsman and Olympic hero, Eric Liddell.

Eric Liddell's EHL Cap from 1879
© The Eric Liddell Community
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25th July - 12th September
Free admission

Commemorating the legendary athlete and marking the centenary of Liddell’s iconic Olympic gold medal victory in Paris in 1924, Eric Liddell: Legacy of an Olympic Legend will be on display in The Scottish Parliament’s Main Hall from 25 July to 12 September 2024.

Liddell was a devout Christian who famously withdrew from the 100m heats at the 1924 Paris Olympics because they were held on a Sunday. Instead, he competed in the 400m event, where he triumphed, securing his place in history as the last British athlete to win gold in this event. His remarkable story reached global audiences through the 1981 Oscar-winning film, Chariots of Fire.

This new exhibition will offer a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the life and legacy of the man known as the Flying Scotsman. There will also be the chance to learn more about other legends from the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame and Scottish athletes competing in the 2024 Olympics.

The display is free to attend, with no ticket required.

The Scottish Parliament is on Lothian Buses’ 35 service. Blue Badge disabled parking is available on Horse Wynd, opposite the Parliament’s main public entrance.

Amongst the accessible services that are available at the Parliament are lightweight portable seating, hearing loops, accessible toilets and a Changing Places toilet. For more information, see the Scottish Parliament’s accessibility guide.

For more information on this event see Eric Liddell: Legacy of an Olympic Legend.

An Eric Liddell Sculpture of his Scotland Cap from 1922.
© The Eric Liddell Community