Football’s Square Mile Alliance

On 13th June 2021, The Hampden Collection opened the world’s biggest open-air football museum in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the most important football heritage site on the planet, and is the cradle of the modern game, which is played or watched by over 3.5 billion people around the world today. This Alliance, includes like-minded organisations, who are supporting the promotion, protection and celebration of Football’s Square Mile, and has an overall mission to make this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hampden Collection

Alliance Ambassador: Graeme Brown, Founder & Gaffer

The Hampden Collection was founded in 2017, following Graeme Brown’s discovery of the only known map proving the location of the 1st Hampden Park. Our organisation is fuelled by art, poetry, history, written and spoken word, football tours, and is pushing Scotland’s claim as the true home of world football.


Archaeology Scotland

Alliance Ambassador: Dr Paul Murtagh, Senior Project Officer

Over the last ten years, Archaeology Scotland has been reviewing and completing a number of investigations in Football’s Square Mile. In 2021, following an extensive investigation of the 1st Hampden site, the Archaeology Scotland team discovered the foundation stone of the World’s first purposefully built international football pavilion, and is arguably the most important sport’s archaeology project ever undertaken.