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  • Lecture | 1917 - Total War

    Thu, Dec. 14, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series *Please note the date for this lecture has now changed from Thursday 7th December to Thursday 14th December* After the trials of the Somme and Verdun would the Allies apply the lessons learned and their growing stocks of materiel to break the Central Powers?  They would try but one ally would be knocked out of the... Read more…
  • Castle Christmas Experience

    Sun, Dec. 17, 2017 10:00am — 3:00pm

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    Join us at the Castle for an exclusive Christmas experience. Savour home baked mince pies and a hot drink whilst weaving your own Festive willow wreath with local artist June McEwan. Enjoy a two course Christmas lunch amidst the seasonal atmosphere of the multi-award winning Castle Café. Afterwards, discover the story of The Black Watch as one of our experienced guides leads you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes... Read more…
  • Lecture | What do we learn from all this?

    Thu, Jan. 18, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series* Professor Norman Drummond, Chair of WW100 Scotland and the Scottish Commemorations Panel offers his reflections and hopes for the educational and genealogical legacy of the World War I commemorative programme in the run up to and including Armistice 2018 and beyond. Norman Drummond’s life and work embodies a personal commitment to leadership and to developing talent in others, from... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Russian Revolution and its impact on WW1

    Thu, Feb. 15, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series Professor  Evan Mawdsley of Glasgow University will cover the Russian aspect of the latter period of WW1: Revolution and the Brest Litovsk Treaty.  As WW1 dragged on Russian losses became too great for the Russian people and disorder broke out in St Petersburg and elsewhere.  The Germans capitalized on this by smuggling Lenin into Russia leading to... Read more…
  • Lecture |The German advance in the Spring of 1918

    Thu, Mar. 15, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series* With the Russians having sought a peace treaty, the Germans were able to concentrate their forces in the West and to launch a major offensive, before the Americans were ready to take their place on the Western front. This was aimed especially at General Gough’s Fifth Army and almost succeeded before the German advance was finally halted... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids: 23rd April 1918

    Thu, Apr. 26, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series* To mark the centenary of the Ostend and Zeebrugee Raids of 23rd April 1918 Dr Andrew Gordon will discuss the strategic situation with particular reference to the U-boat war in 1917-18, the gate-keeping role of the Dover Patrol with its huge defensive minefields, the role of Bruges as a naval base and the two canals connecting it... Read more…
  • Lecture | Allenby and the Palestine Campaign 1917-18

    Thu, May. 17, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series* After two unsuccessful attempts by General Murray to take Gaza, Allenby took over. He conducted a most successful campaign leading not only to the capture of Gaza but to the taking of Jerusalem and most of present day Syria. In stark contrast to the Western Front, this was a campaign of effective use of force, surprise and... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Battle of Amiens and the 100 Days Campaign

    Mon, Jun. 11, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series* The battle of Amiens saw the halting of the German spring offensive of 1918. There followed the most successful campaign of the British Army in WW1, leading to the Germans seeking peace, to the abdication of the Kaiser and to the Treaty of Versailles. Professor Sir Hew Strachan will tell us about these momentous months, when, militarily,... Read more…