Upcoming Events for Events http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/ Lecture | 1917 - Total War http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/1917-total-war/?date=2017-12-14 <p>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</p> <p><strong>Please note the date for this lecture has now changed from Thursday 7th December to Thursday 14th December</strong></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=2017-12-14 Castle Christmas Experience http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/castle-christmas-experience/?date=2017-12-17 <p>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 tour of the Museum’s galleries and collection stores.  </p> <p>£45 per person | Reservation required | Call 01738 638152</p> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:17:28 +0100 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/castle-christmas-experience/?date=2017-12-17 Lecture | What do we learn from all this? http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-what-do-we-learn-from-all-this/?date=2018-01-18 <p><strong>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Norman Drummond’s life and work embodies a personal commitment to leadership and to developing talent in others, from the gangland areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh as a young Minister to the present day as a celebrated international speaker and author.  His Army career saw him serve as Chaplain to The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).  A former Headmaster of Loretto and former BBC Governor and Chairman of BBC Children in Need, Norman’s work with young people also continues through his appointment as Honorary Colonel of The Black Watch Battalion of the Army Cadet Force.  Norman currently Chairs WW100 Scotland and the Scottish Commemorations Panel and is the Special Representative for Scotland on the UK WWI Advisory Group.  Norman is a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Edinburgh.  Norman’s latest book Step Back continues to build upon the success of his previous publications The Spirit of Success and The Power of 3.</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 | Ex 201</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:32:23 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-what-do-we-learn-from-all-this/?date=2018-01-18 Lecture | The Russian Revolution and its impact on WW1 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-russian-revolution-and-its-impact-on-ww1/?date=2018-02-15 <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">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 revolution and the Brest Litovsk Treaty which took Russia out of the war.  This enabled the Germans to concentrate forces on the Western front and to launch the Kaiserschlacht operation before the Americans were ready to play their part in the ground war.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Dr Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at Glasgow University.  His research interests include the political elite in the Soviet period and the history of Russia in the early Soviet period.  He has written numerous books and articles on Russian history and is the co-author of The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br></span><span style="font-size: medium;">£9 non-members | £7 Friends</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</span></p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:55:06 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-russian-revolution-and-its-impact-on-ww1/?date=2018-02-15 Lecture |The German advance in the Spring of 1918 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-german-advance-in-the-spring-of-1918/?date=2018-03-15 <p><strong>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</strong></p> <p>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 at Amiens</p> <p>Professsor 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> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:58:09 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-german-advance-in-the-spring-of-1918/?date=2018-03-15 Lecture | The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids: 23rd April 1918 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-zeebrugge-and-ostend-raids-23rd-april-1918/?date=2018-04-26 <p><strong>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</strong></p> <p>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 to the North Sea.  Dr Gordon will also look at the impact of the The German Army’s 1918 spring offensive (Kaiserschlacht) along with the key commanders, the plan to block the canals entrances at Zeebrugge and Ostend and the execution - “St George for England!” and outcomes.</p> <p>Dr Andrew Gordon is currently a Reader of Naval History in the Defence Studies Department at the Defenrce Academy, Shrivenham.  He was educated at Glenalmond College then the University of Wales where he read International Politics.  His second degree was a PhD in War Studies at King's College, University of London.  He has been an honorary fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at Exeter University since 1996, is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Councillor of the Navy Records Society. Andrew was in the consultation loop for the revision of British Maritime Doctrine (BR 1806) and Fighting Instructions.  He is a regular lecturer to 'Maritime Warfare', and 'COs Design' courses at the Maritime Warfare Centre in HMS Dryad. He has been a recipient of the Westminster Medal for Military Literature, and the Longman, History Today Book of the Year prize and has been the winner of book prizes for: The Rules of the Game, Jutland and British Naval Command. He is also the Royal Australian Navy's visiting 'Synnott' lecturer 2001. He was Distinguished Chair or Naval Heritage, at US Naval Academy 2007-2009 and Archival Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge, Sep-Dec 2009. He is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, and has the Reserve Decoration.</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> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:01:30 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-zeebrugge-and-ostend-raids-23rd-april-1918/?date=2018-04-26 Lecture | Allenby and the Palestine Campaign 1917-18 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-allenby-and-the-palestine-campaign-1917-18/?date=2018-05-17 <p><strong>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</strong></p> <p>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 mobility.</p> <p>Lt Col Coupar was, in the Royal Army Educational Corps from 1966 – 91, during which time he served in the United kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, N Ireland and the Falklands. On leaving the army he joined Glasgow University 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> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:05:31 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-allenby-and-the-palestine-campaign-1917-18/?date=2018-05-17 Lecture | The Battle of Amiens and the 100 Days Campaign http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-battle-of-amiens-and-the-100-days-campaign/?date=2018-06-11 <p><strong>Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series</strong></p> <p>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, all seemed to come right for the British Army after so many years of effort.</p> <p>Professor Sir Hew Strachan FRSE, FRHist S, is a Scottish military historian, well known for his work on the administration of the British Army and the history of the First World War. He is currently Professor of International Relations at St Andrews University and a council member of the Royal Company of Archers. He has been Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale since 2014 and, before moving to St Andrews, he was Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls Oxford. He has written widely on First World War matters, is currently a trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a frequent broadcaster on matters of defence and strategy</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> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:09:18 +0000 http://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-battle-of-amiens-and-the-100-days-campaign/?date=2018-06-11