Upcoming Events for Events http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/ Summer Festival http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-festival/?date=2017-08-27 <h3>Summer Festival at the Castle</h3> <p><strong>Sunday 27<sup>th</sup> August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | £5 Adults | Children Free</strong></p> <p>Celebrate the summer season with The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s annual summer festival. Enjoy a jam packed blend of kids’ gallery tours, trench tales, re-enactors, face painting, soldier’s stories, family crafts, marching drills, dressing up and cookie decorating. The day also brings a delicious BBQ in the Castle grounds and a colourful mix of live music including choir performances, Pipes and Drums and a local Ceilidh band.</p> <p>While all events are free following admission we have a few events that we suggest pre-booking as they can be very popular.</p> <p><strong>Kid’s Gallery Tours</strong><br>Listen to fascinating stories and solve cunning riddles in order to discover the amazing artefacts that have been hidden around the museum. As you journey on your quest keep your eyes open for the First World War solider and his nurse companion who may be wandering around the galleries looking for recruits.</p> <p>Each session is approximately 20 minutes with starting times below:<br>10.30am; 11.00am; 11.30am; 1.00pm; 1.30pm; 2.00pm; 2.30pm; 3.00pm</p> <p><strong>Trench Tales<br></strong>Go back in time to the terrible trenches of the First World War. Meet with an old Black Watch Soldier and hear his tales of life on the Front Line.</p> <p>Each session is approximately 20 minutes with starting times below:<br>10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm</p> <p>To pre- book these sessions telephone 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 16:02:40 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-festival/?date=2017-08-27 Awesome Archaeology: Egypt http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/awesome-archaeology-egypt/?date=2017-09-02 <p>To celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month put your archaeology skills to conduct an excavation and join The Black Watch on their voyage to Egypt in 1801 to make an Egyptian amulet and a 3D Sphinx.</p> <p>All ages welcome | drop-in family event | suggested donation £2</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:17:21 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/awesome-archaeology-egypt/?date=2017-09-02 Museum Explorer's Club | Human Archaelolgy http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-human-archaelolgy/?date=2017-09-09 <p>How do archaeologists learn about the past using human remains? Join the Explorer’s Club to find out and see what secrets we can uncover!</p> <p>Ages 7-12; £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included).</p> <p>Reservation required | Call 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> <p> </p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:20:35 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-human-archaelolgy/?date=2017-09-09 Lecture | The Black Watch, Fighting in the Front Line, 1899-2006 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-black-watch-fighting-in-the-front-line-1899-2006/?date=2017-09-12 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</p> <p>Entitled The Black Watch, Fighting in the Front Line 1899-2006, and with a foreword by HRH the Duke of Rothesay, Victoria Schofield will be discussing writing the second and last volume of The Black Watch's official history. She will be highlighting some of the amazing and moving stories which have helped to make the history live through the words of officers and men as revealed in their diaries, letters and memoirs. For this volume she has also been able to include the recollections of over 100 veterans, of whom the oldest was the late Lance Corporal Dave Hutton, who celebrated his 100th birthday in April. In her talk, Schofield will describe the challenges she faced in reducing (for this volume) 107 years of history (1899-2006) into 600 pages and why it is so important for regimental history to be preserved not just in archives but in a readable and accessible form. In addition to having been able to make use of the wealth of information contained in The Black Watch Museum's archives, she will share some of the stories of how other research material came to light, often made available by a chance conversation when a friend would say: 'Oh, I know someone whose grandfather/ father/ uncle was in The Black Watch, “Do you want me to introduce you?”</p> <p>£9 non members | £7 Friends<br>To book contact 01738 638152 Ext 201</p> <p> </p> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:15:37 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-black-watch-fighting-in-the-front-line-1899-2006/?date=2017-09-12 Doors Open Days http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/doors-open-days/?date=2017-09-16 <p>Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year. During Doors Open Days enjoy free access to The Black Watch Museum and experience the story of Scotland's oldest Highland Regiment. We have a selection of tours over this weekend which visitors can access:</p> <p><strong>The Black Watch Story Tour <br></strong>Our daily tours will continue to run throughout this weekend | £5 per person <br>Each tour lasts for approximately 60 minutes with starting times below: <br>11am and 2pm</p> <p><strong>Behind the Scenes Tour <br></strong>Exclusive to Doors Open Days the Behind the Scenes Tour will explore parts of the Castle that are not normally open to the public taking a closer look at some of the fascinating artefacts that can be found in the Museum’s stores. All ages welcome | £2 per person<br>Each tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes with starting times below: <br>12noon and 3pm</p> <p>Reservation recommended for all tours | Call 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:14:25 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/doors-open-days/?date=2017-09-16 Doors Open Days http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/doors-open-days-2/?date=2017-09-17 <p>Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year. During Doors Open Days enjoy free access to The Black Watch Museum and experience the story of Scotland's oldest Highland Regiment. We have a selection of tours over this weekend which visitors can access:</p> <p><strong>The Black Watch Story Tour <br></strong>Our daily tours will continue to run throughout this weekend | £5 per person <br>Each tour lasts for approximately 60 minutes with starting times below: <br>11am and 2pm</p> <p><strong>Behind the Scenes Tour<br></strong>Exclusive to Doors Open Days the Behind the Scenes Tour will explore parts of the Castle that are not normally open to the public taking a closer look at some of the fascinating artefacts that can be found in the Museum’s stores. All ages welcome | £2 per person<br>Each tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes with starting times below: <br>12noon and 3pm</p> <p>Reservation recommended for all tours | Call 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:16:36 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/doors-open-days-2/?date=2017-09-17 Awesome Archaeology: Greece http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/awesome-archaeology-greece/?date=2017-09-23 <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Verdana&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 7.5pt;">To celebrate Scottish Archaeology Month put your archaeology skills to the test and conduct an excavation in our mini dig pits. Taking inspiration from Greek archaeological finds and create your own Greek pottery and colourful mosaic designs. </span></p> <p>All ages welcome | drop-in family event | suggested donation £2</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:28:14 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/awesome-archaeology-greece/?date=2017-09-23 Lecture | Passchendaele http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-passchendaele/?date=2017-10-12 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>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 British attack at Messines in Jun 17, a combination of German resistance, wet weather and diversion of formations to the Italian front in Oct - Nov 17 led to very limited gains at great human cost in atrocious weather.</p> <p>Lecturer Professor Gary Sheffield MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and a military historian. He has published widely, especially on the First World War, and contributes to many newspapers, journals and magazines.  Gary Sheffield is an internationally-recognised expert on the First World War, especially the role of the British army. His research interests are, broadly, Britain in the age of total war, 1914 to 1945, and military history, especially land warfare, since Napoleon. He is currently writing, for Yale University Press, Civilian Armies: The Experience of British and Dominion Soldiers in the Two World Wars.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>£9 non-members | £7 Friends<br>Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</p> <p> </p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:33:01 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-passchendaele/?date=2017-10-12 Museum Explorer's Club | Terrible Ticonderoga http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-terrible-ticonderoga/?date=2017-10-14 <p>Help The Black Watch attack the French-held Fort Carillion and work as a team to create a scale model of the fortress. With Halloween approaching we will gather in the French Wars gallery to discover the scary ghost story of Ticonderoga.</p> <p>Ages 7-12<br>£5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included). <br>Reservation required | call 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:33:03 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-terrible-ticonderoga/?date=2017-10-14 Lecture | The Cradle of Scotland http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cradle-of-scotland/?date=2017-11-02 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>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 Scots, had his royal palace, and it was the site of important law-giving ceremonies and charter signings by kings until the 12th century. A major 10 year research project by archaeologists from the University of Glasgow has investigated why this area was so important.  It was found that Forteviot was the site of a major prehistoric ceremonial and burial centre  on a scale with Stonehenge, with a spectacular bronze age cist burial containing a gold handled  dagger with a whalebone hilt. It seems that the early Scottish kings used this ancient site to help to legitimise the kingdom, claiming their ancestors had always seen the site as sacred.</p> <p>Lecturer Stephen Driscoll is Professor of Historical Archaeology at The University of Glasgow.  His primary interests revolve around the early Medieval Celtic world, with a particular focus on the Early Historic period in Scotland.  Since 2006 Professor Driscoll and his colleagues have been exploring the remarkable concentration of prehistoric ritual monuments, burials and Pictish royal palace site at Forteviot in its regional setting.  Professor Driscoll and Dr Ewan Campbell wrote Royal Forteviot: Forteviot in the 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> Millennia AD.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>£9 non-members | £7 Friends<br>Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:22:49 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cradle-of-scotland/?date=2017-11-02 Museum Explorer's Club | Cruel Crimean Club http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-cruel-crimean-club/?date=2017-11-18 <p>Join The Black Watch as it fights in the Crimean War. Explore what really happened at the Battles of Alma and Balaclava and make your own cavalry sabre and cannon.</p> <p>Ages 7-12 <br>£5 per child (drink and snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included). <br>Reservation required | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:37:45 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-cruel-crimean-club/?date=2017-11-18 Lecture | 1917 - Total War http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/1917-total-war/?date=2017-12-07 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>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 war and two came close to defeat.  Would the USA's declaration of war on Imperial Germany assure victory?  Meanwhile the BEF would take on the lion's share of the fighting but more battles would mean yet more casualties.  This talk will give an overview of the highs and lows of a turbulent year both at home and abroad.</p> <p>Lecturer Mike Taylor is a member of the Tayside Branch of the Western Front Association.  The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the First World War (1914-1918).</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>£9 non-members | £7 Friends<br>Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:08:24 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/1917-total-war/?date=2017-12-07 Museum Explorer's Club | Christmas in the Trenches http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-christmas-in-the-trenches/?date=2017-12-09 <p>Learn about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and re-enact the iconic football match which took place between British and German soldiers. Once the final whistle has blown we will create our own Princess Mary Gift Tin as presents for our loved ones.</p> <p>Ages 7-12<br> £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included). <br>Reservation required | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:40:39 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-christmas-in-the-trenches/?date=2017-12-09