Upcoming Events for Events http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/ Easter Egg Gallery Trail http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/easter-egg-gallery-trail/?date=2017-04-01 <p>From 1st – 17<sup>th</sup> April have eggcellent fun exploring the Museum with our Easter egg gallery trail.</p> <p>Included in Museum admission</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:09:49 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/easter-egg-gallery-trail/?date=2017-04-01 The Battle of Arras http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/the-battle-of-arras/?date=2017-04-04 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>The Battle of Arras was fought from 9 Apr - 16 May 17 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, General Allenby. Initially there was quite a measure of success but this petered out without any significant breakthrough.  Many Scots units were involved including the 9th, 15th and 51st Divisions.  This talk will focus on the experiences of 9th Scottish Division.</p> <p>Lecturer Lt Col (Retd) Coupar was, in the Royal Army Educational Corps from 1966 – 91, during which time he served in the United kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and the Falklands.  On leaving the army he joined Glasgow University as an administrator working on staff development and student recruitment and was also a Member of University Military Education Committee. In December 2004 he moved back to family roots in Perth.</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 11:29:46 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/the-battle-of-arras/?date=2017-04-04 SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 1 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters/?date=2017-04-07 <p>Friday 7<sup>th</sup> April – Monday 10<sup>th</sup> April</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:12:16 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters/?date=2017-04-07 SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 2 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters-2/?date=2017-04-08 <p>Friday 7<sup>th</sup> April – Monday 10<sup>th</sup> April</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:14:53 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters-2/?date=2017-04-08 Scottish Themed Family Crafts | Day 1 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scottish-themed-family-crafts-day-1/?date=2017-04-08 <p>Saturday 8<sup>th</sup> and Sunday 9<sup>th</sup> April | Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2</p> <p>Join us for a weekend of Scottish themed family crafting inspired by the visiting #SCOTSPIRIT letters.<br>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.<br>Let’s get messy with paint, fabric, tissue paper and glue while you create a colourful collage of the Scottish flag. If that not enough to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT then have a go at making your own Scottish soldier craft.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:33:36 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scottish-themed-family-crafts-day-1/?date=2017-04-08 SCOTSPIRIT Letters | Day 3 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-letters-day-3/?date=2017-04-09 <p>Friday 7<sup>th</sup> April – Monday 10<sup>th</sup> April</p> <p>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.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:16:45 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-letters-day-3/?date=2017-04-09 Scottish Themed Family Crafts | Day 2 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scottish-themed-family-crafts/?date=2017-04-09 <p>Saturday 8<sup>th</sup> and Sunday 9<sup>th</sup> April | Drop in family activity | Suggestion Donation £2</p> <p>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 create a colourful collage of the Scottish flag. If that not enough to inspire #SCOTSPIRIT then have a go at making your own Scottish soldier craft.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:35:07 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scottish-themed-family-crafts/?date=2017-04-09 SCOTSPIRIT Giant Letters | Day 4 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters-day-4/?date=2017-04-10 <p>Friday 7<sup>th</sup> April – Monday 10<sup>th</sup> April</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:20:37 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/scotspirit-giant-letters-day-4/?date=2017-04-10 Training for Trench Life http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/training-for-trench-life/?date=2017-04-14 <p><strong>Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Away from the front line of the trenches there is no rest. Put yourself to the test with the soldiers from 7SCOTS as they challenge you with marching drills and physical fitness regimes.</p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:03:22 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/training-for-trench-life/?date=2017-04-14 Tastes from the Trenches http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/tastes-from-the-trenches/?date=2017-04-15 <p>Saturday 15<sup>th</sup> April 2017 | 11.00am – 3.00pm | Drop in family activity | Suggested Donation £2</p> <p>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.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:43:14 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/tastes-from-the-trenches/?date=2017-04-15 Trench Themed Family Crafts http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/trench-themed-family-crafts/?date=2017-04-16 <p>Drop in family activity | suggested donation £2</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 soldiers would use periscopes to keep a watch over No Man’s Land. Make your own periscope before testing it out in our replica First World War trench.</p> <p>Our replica First World War trench will be open today.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:05:58 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/trench-themed-family-crafts/?date=2017-04-16 Lecture | The Victoria Cross and The Battle of Istabulat 21st April 1917 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-victoria-cross-and-the-battle-of-istabulat-21st-april-1917/?date=2017-04-20 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series: </p> <p>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 to hand fighting. By the end of that day the battalion had lost 10 officers and 173 men. Private Charles 'Chay' Melvin was awarded the Victoria Cross; ' For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and resource in action'. Chay Melvin received his Victoria Cross from King George V on 11 December 1919.</p> <p>100 years after this campaign and outstanding act of bravery Major (Retd) Steve Nicoll will provide an informative illustrated talk about the Victoria Cross and feature the fascinating deeds and life of Private Charles Melvin VC.</p> <p>Major (Retd) Steve Nicoll was a career Royal Marine for 35 years retiring in 2007. He is a keen hill walker and is endeavoring to complete all 282 Munro's with only 33 remaining. </p> <p>£7 non-members | £5 Friends | Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:07:53 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-victoria-cross-and-the-battle-of-istabulat-21st-april-1917/?date=2017-04-20 Formation and Early Roles of The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/formation-and-early-roles-of-the-royal-flying-corps-rfc/?date=2017-05-08 <h3>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series:</h3> <p>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. He will use the history of No 2 Squadron RFC which was the first squadron to be deployed to France from its base in Montrose to illustrate typical problems and achievements.   He will also touch upon other air warfare assets and technical developments such as radio and bombing to illustrate how the air roles changed as the war progressed. His account will close in 1916 but will look ahead towards the great air battles of 1917-18 and formation of the Royal Air Force which will be addressed in a later lecture.</p> <p>Dr Daniel Paton | Curator of the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre</p> <p>Dr Paton was born at Ferryden near Montrose and educated at Montrose Academy. After school, he worked in a foundry and engineering firm in Arbroath before becoming the first economic history graduate from Edinburgh University in 1967. In 1977 he was awarded a PhD - his thesis being on “Drink and the Scots”. During his career, he taught mainly in the Engineering Department of Birmingham City University but also at Edinburgh, Sussex and the Open Universities. In 2001 he retired to the same house in Ferryden in which he had been born and became active in the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre - a small but significant museum set up by local aviation enthusiasts on the site of the former RFC/RAF airfield.</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> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:22:40 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/formation-and-early-roles-of-the-royal-flying-corps-rfc/?date=2017-05-08 Lecture | The Tanks: From The Somme To Cambrai: The Arduous Road To Victory http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-tanks-from-the-somme-to-cambrai-the-arduous-road-to-victory/?date=2017-06-13 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>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, arguably, the first modern battle of history, the Battle of Cambrai. A combination of tanks, artillery, infantry, including 1/6th and 1/7th Black Watch in 51st Highland Division, aircraft smashed their way through the formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line on the morning of 20 November.</p> <p>Lecturer Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and a graduate ofDurham University in Modern History and of the French Staff College. He served in 1 RTR and thenspecialised in the Weapons Acquisition Stream and, not surprisingly, the acquisition of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs). He currently working on the  RTR’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (the first tanks were used in 1916 and first tank to tank action was in 1918); writing two volumes of the history of the Tank Corps covering 1918; running pro bono battlefield tours and giving lectures</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 12:18:58 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-tanks-from-the-somme-to-cambrai-the-arduous-road-to-victory/?date=2017-06-13 Lecture | The Home Front and Holidaymaking during the First World War; the Scottish experience http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-home-front-and-holidaymaking-during-the-first-world-war-the-scottish-experience/?date=2017-07-11 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series </p> <p>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 clientele, however- more young women with money to spend made their rowdy presence felt. Munitions workers needed a break, and there were the older and retired who would have gone to the Continent pre-war. There were problems of transport, of food supply and of staff, but also of surprising profitability. We will range throughout Scotland from Portobello to Crieff and Ayr.</p> <p>Lecturer Dr Durie has held a series of academic teaching, examination and research appointments at the Universities of Aberdeen (1971-1989), Glasgow (1989-2001) and Stirling (2001-), as lecturer and then senior lecturer. Currently teaching the history of medicine for the Open University, and the history of sport at Stirling, and supervising postgraduates for the University of the Highlands and Islands.  In recent years his primary focus has been on the history of Scottish tourism.  Scotland for the Holidays, Tourism in Scotland 1780-1939 was published in June 2003, which was followed in 2006 by a study of hydropathy, Water is Best. Most recently, he has edited Travels in Scotland 1788-1881. A Selection of Journals and Diaries, for the Scottish History Society (2012).</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 12:29:44 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-home-front-and-holidaymaking-during-the-first-world-war-the-scottish-experience/?date=2017-07-11 Lecture | Lieutenant Freddie Tait: Golfer and Soldier http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-lieutenant-freddie-tait-golfer-and-soldier/?date=2017-08-03 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p>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 against all the famous professional golfers.  As Lieutenant F G Tait he went out to South Africa with 2nd Bn The Black Watch at the start of the Boer War. He was a friend of Major Innes’ grandfathers and like the speakers grandfather he was wounded at the Battle of Magersfontein and sent to Wynberg Hospital in Capetown to recuperate.  Re-joining the Battalion he was tragically killed inaction at Koodoosberg Drift, a few miles from Kimberley.  A very famous Amateur Golfer who dies 115 years ago.</p> <p>Major (Retd) Colin Innes comes from a long line of Black Watch Officers and is an enthusiastic amateur historian and golfer.  Like Freddie Tait he is also a Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.</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 12:12:42 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-lieutenant-freddie-tait-golfer-and-soldier/?date=2017-08-03 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 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