It will showcase the World and European Championship trophies he won in 1937, displayed together for the first time since he died in 1946. Former World champion boxer Jim Watt MBE unveiled the new display at Gorbals Library, just streets away from where Benny Lynch was born.
The exhibition is the culmination of a partnership between the Open Museum and the campaign group Remembering Benny Lynch. They hope to have a statue of the man, many consider to be the greatest fighter Scotland has ever produced, erected in his home city.
The travelling exhibition features Benny Lynch’s World Championship trophy, from his 1937 victory over highly rated American fighter Small Montana in a 15-round points win at Wembley. However, for the first-time in over 70 years it will sit alongside his European Championship trophy from the same year, courtesy of a loan from Glasgow businessman Willie Haughey, who purchased it at a charity auction. Benny Lynch’s boxing gloves sit alongside magazine and newspaper articles detailing his career and striking images of the world champion in action, which complete the display.
Like many of the Open Museum travelling exhibitions it was designed through direct engagement with community groups based in the city, who, through the Open Museum, are encouraged to tell their own stories and to mark their own histories. It is one of a range of small free-standing exhibitions that can be displayed in community venues such as libraries, shopping centres and community centres. On average they measure around 1.5m x 1 m.
The Open Museum is Glasgow Museums’ outreach service. It operates out of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre and takes Glasgow's museum collections beyond the museum walls and out into the community. There are object handling kits, displays and exhibitions available for loan.
The travelling exhibition will be at Gorbals Library until the end of September 2016.
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