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  • Easter Egg Gallery Trail

    Apr. 1 - 17, 2017 9:30am — 3:30pm

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    From 1st – 17th April have eggcellent fun exploring the Museum with our Easter egg gallery trail. Included in Museum admission Read more…
  • The Battle of Arras

    Tue, Apr. 4, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Major (Retd) Hugh Rose will talk about The Battle of Arras, fought from 9 Apr - 16 May 1917 along the River Scarpe to the East of Arras.  Its aim was to divert German attention from the Nivelle offensive to the South. The battle plan was prepared by the commander of the British Third Army,... Read more…
  • SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 1

    Fri, Apr. 7, 2017 9:30am — 4:30pm

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    Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April Have you got #SCOTSPIRIT? Come along to meet the giant 7ft letters spearheading VisitScotland’s global campaign to promote all that is great about Scotland. Against the backdrop of Balhousie Castle these show-stopping letters are sure to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT. Our replica First World War trench will be open today. Read more…
  • SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 2

    Sat, Apr. 8, 2017 9:30am — 4:30pm

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    Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April Have you got #SCOTSPIRIT? Come along to meet the giant 7ft letters spearheading VisitScotland’s global campaign to promote all that is great about Scotland. Against the backdrop of Balhousie Castle these show-stopping letters are sure to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT. Our replica First World War trench will be open today. Read more…
  • Scottish Themed Family Crafts | Day 1

    Sat, Apr. 8, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April | Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2 Join us for a weekend of Scottish themed family crafting inspired by the visiting #SCOTSPIRIT letters. Scotland is, of course, famous for its tartans. Why not have a go at designing your own? Choose your favourite colours and weave your own tartan. Let’s get messy with paint, fabric, tissue paper and glue while you... Read more…
  • SCOTSPIRIT Letters | Day 3

    Sun, Apr. 9, 2017 9:30am — 4:30pm

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    Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April Have you got #SCOTSPIRIT? Come along to meet the giant 7ft letters spearheading VisitScotland’s global campaign to promote all that is great about Scotland. Against the backdrop of Balhousie Castle these show-stopping letters are sure to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT. Read more…
  • Scottish Themed Family Crafts | Day 2

    Sun, Apr. 9, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April | Drop in family activity | Suggestion Donation £2 Join us for a weekend of Scottish themed family crafting inspired by the visiting #SCOTSPIRIT letters. Scotland is, of course, famous for its tartans. Why not have a go at designing your own? Choose your favourite colours and weave your own tartan. Let’s get messy with paint, fabric, tissue paper and glue... Read more…
  • SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 4

    Mon, Apr. 10, 2017 9:30am — 4:30pm

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    Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April Have you got #SCOTSPIRIT? Come along to meet the giant 7ft letters spearheading VisitScotland’s global campaign to promote all that is great about Scotland. Against the backdrop of Balhousie Castle these show-stopping letters are sure to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT. Our replica First World War trench will be open today. Read more…
  • Training for Trench Life

    Fri, Apr. 14, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    *Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2* Join The Great War Boys in our replica First World War trench as they teach us about daily trench life. Help them to keep the trench in battle ready condition, get ready for inspections and prepare for combat with gas attack and artillery demonstrations. Away from the front line of the trenches there is no rest. Put yourself to... Read more…
  • Tastes from the Trenches

    Sat, Apr. 15, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    Saturday 15th April 2017 | 11.00am – 3.00pm | Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2 Today we explore the culinary delights, past and present, for a front line soldier. See how rations from 100 years ago compare with those eaten by soldiers today and try some for yourself. Be inventive and see what recipes you could create with your daily ration. Read more…
  • Trench Themed Family Crafts

    Sun, Apr. 16, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    Drop in family activity | suggested donation £2 Ever wondered how soldiers kept in touch during war time? Join us in writing secret coded messages, fake an old document and learn about the creative ways that messages were sent from the frontline. In the First World War it wasn’t a good idea to peek over the top of the trench to spy on the enemy! Instead... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Victoria Cross and The Battle of Istabulat 21st April 1917

    Thu, Apr. 20, 2017 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series:  The Battle of Istabulat was part of the Samarrah Campaign in Mesopotamia (Iraq) during the First World War when the British Empire attempted to further its strategic position after the capture of Baghdad from the Ottoman Empire. On the 21st April 1917 The Black Watch went into action in another bloody chapter of trench warfare and hand... Read more…
  • Formation and Early Roles of The Royal Flying Corps (RFC)

    Mon, May. 8, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series: Dr Paton will outline the early developments in air flight leading up to the formation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912. He will describe the first military aeroplanes, pilot recruiting and training, formation of the early squadrons and the tactical experience learned from pre-war exercises which led to six Squadrons being ready for war in 1914.... Read more…
  • History Hunt

    Sat, May. 20, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    *Festival of Museum Family Event* This weekend become an archaeologist – discover the hidden treasures buried in our mini dig pits and piece together the clues to uncover the fascinating stories these objects have to tell! Explore our replica First World War trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War solider living in the trenches. Get hands on with... Read more…
  • History Hunt

    Sun, May. 21, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    *Festival of Museum Family Event* This weekend become an archaeologist – discover the hidden treasures buried in our mini dig pits and piece together the clues to uncover the fascinating stories these objects have to tell! Explore our replica First World War trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War solider living in the trenches. Get hands on with... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Tanks: From The Somme To Cambrai: The Arduous Road To Victory

    Tue, Jun. 13, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917 the British tanks went from the first tank “Mother”, through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullecourt in April 1917 and the mud of Flanders in the summer and autumn 1917 to,... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Home Front and Holidaymaking during the First World War; the Scottish experience

    Tue, Jul. 11, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series  This talk looks at what happened to holidays and holdiaymaking in Scotland during WW1. There was in the short term a total dislocation, with resorts deserted, moors silent and hotels requisitioned. But as the war went on, holidaymakers came back in number, particularly to the safer inland and West coast resorts. There was a significant change in their... Read more…
  • Lecture | Lieutenant Freddie Tait: Golfer and Soldier

    Thu, Aug. 3, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Winner of the Amateur Championship in 1896 and 1898 and several times a leading contender in the Open Championships of that time, Freddie Tait was tall, good-looking, always cheerful and one of the finest Amateur golfers of his time.  Freddie Tait entered the Open Championship on nine occasions in the 1890's, coming third, as an Amateur, competing... Read more…
  • Lecture | Passchendaele

    Thu, Oct. 12, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Professor Gary Sheffield will take us through the Battle of Passchendaele.  Passchendaele was the major WW1 campaign of 1917.  It was fought initially for control of the ridges South and East of Ypres and the railway junction at Roulers, thus threatening the supply route of the German 4th Army.  Although the offensive began well with the... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Cradle of Scotland

    Thu, Nov. 2, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Professor Stephen Driscoll of Glasgow University will talk about the archaeological project around Forteviot and the lower Strathearn valley, an area which played a central role in the development of the  Kingdom of Scotland from the 9th century. It was here that Kenneth McAlpin, traditionally the first king of a United Kingdom of the Picts and... Read more…