Major Kathleen Laura Prendergast

Our Collections Assistant, Fiona, enjoys discovering forgotten stories from The Black Watch history and sharing these with our visitors today. In this blog she writes about an inspirational woman called Major Kathleen Prendergast. As society continues to recognise the importance of diversity, the need for museums to represent as many voices as possible becomes more … Read more Major Kathleen Laura Prendergast

New Exhibition at the Castle and Museum

Yellow tins known as princess mary gifts given to soldiers as gifts in WW1

A selection of the artefacts on display in the ‘Spoils and Souvenirs’ exhibition The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s new exhibition, ‘Spoils and Souvenirs’ is now open. Just as we bring back souvenirs from our holidays, soldiers often returned home with keepsakes from overseas. This exhibition discovers the stories behind some of these objects and … Read more New Exhibition at the Castle and Museum

Captain Arthur Neave and the Bergen-Belson Trials

One of the things I enjoy most about developing and researching special exhibitions for the museum is the unknown stories that are discovered. Our new exhibition, Spoils and Souvenirs, examines the significance of objects brought back by soldiers from war. Some are simply keepsakes, but others have darker connotations and origins. It was not unusual … Read more Captain Arthur Neave and the Bergen-Belson Trials

Telling the story of Lance Corporal Morrison

When it comes to curating exhibitions we traditionally try to take a step back. Curators aim to describe a setting, tell a story using interesting and enlightening objects and ultimately remain objective. This always fails, of course. In every word of every panel and label there is an opinion or emotion. We simply cannot tell … Read more Telling the story of Lance Corporal Morrison

The Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr

A favourite painting of the Museum staff is the Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr 1803 by James Giles (b.1801-d.1870), as it is one of the few paintings in the collection which portrays a female. This is an oil painting on canvas, 102 x 75cm. This painting can be viewed by … Read more The Marriage Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel James Stewart to Williamina Kerr

The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

  As a Regimental Museum it is difficult, when wandering around the store, to avoid the occasional sharp, pointy thing, which always seem to be either at head, or elbow, level. All of us who work with the objects in storage have a story to tell about a particular item that is always ‘out to … Read more The Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

A Pipe Major, Delville Wood and The Black Watch

The South African troops that relieved the 8th Battalion The Black Watch at the battle of Longueval pushed in to Delville Wood the next day. Despite brave and tenacious fighting they were unable to hold the position, despite reinforcement and  support from the Scottish Brigade in reserve. They eventually marched out with two wounded officers … Read more A Pipe Major, Delville Wood and The Black Watch

Love poem from a First World War Soldier

The First World War archive at The Black Watch Castle and Museum holds a notebook that belonged to Private Ed Hall of The Black Watch, who served during the First World War. The notebook contains several poems, but this is a lovely poem, presumably composed with a wife or sweetheart back home in mind. We thought … Read more Love poem from a First World War Soldier

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