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  • Summer Crafts | Brilliant Badge Making

    Wed, Jul. 24, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Summer Crafts at the Castle | Badge Making Create custom badges with our brilliant badge making machine. Take inspiration from our collection or use your imagination to design your own regimental badge. Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3   If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.* *Only available to children who have taken... Read more…
  • Summer Crafts | Model Soldiers

    Wed, Jul. 24, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Summer Crafts at the Castle | Model Soldiers Let’s get crafty as we create our own model Black Watch soldiers using cardboard, fabric, felt, tissue paper, pens and card. Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3   If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.* *Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family... Read more…
  • World War One Replica Trench

    Wed, Jul. 24, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Explore our First World War replica trench and learn about the day to day life of a soldier living on the front line. * * Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Join The Black Watch

    Wed, Jul. 24, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Find out what makes the Black Watch unique, take part in marching drills and learn about the fitness tests that new recruits have to do to join the Army. All our young explorers will be invited to showcase their marching drill at our Summer Festival on Saturday 27th July. All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) Suggested... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939

    Thu, Jul. 25, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Trevor Royle will give a lecture on The Black Watch from 1919 to 1939.  As had happened throughout Britain’s history the conclusion of hostilities in November 1918 brought a rapid reduction in defence expenditure. Following the post-war election, won by the Liberals, David Lloyd George’s government introduced a Ten Year Rule to govern defence spending. Under this legislation expenditure on the armed forces was planned on the... Read more…
  • Summer Festival at the Castle

    Sat, Jul. 27, 2019 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    Join The Black Watch Castle and Museum for their annual Summer Festival. This Army life themed event promises to be a fun-filled family day, out brimming with interactive entertainment, live music, fun hands-on activities, crafts, tours and much more. *The festival will open at 11am with a performance from the world famous Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch.* All young visitors will be invited to join... Read more…
  • Summer Crafts | Creating with Clay

    Wed, Aug. 7, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Summer Crafts at the Castle | Creating with Clay Roll up your sleeves and have a go at making your own clay models. Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3   If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.* *Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session *All children should be... Read more…
  • Summer Crafts | Marvellous Medal Making

    Wed, Aug. 14, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Summer Crafts at the Castle | Marvellous Medal Making Be inspired by the heroes of The Black Watch and make your own marvellous medals. Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3   If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.* *Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session *All children should... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War

    Wed, Aug. 21, 2019 6:30am — 8:00am

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    Dr Derek Patrick will explore the experiences of demobilised Black Watch soldiers in the years immediately after the end of the Great War.  Discussing what could be a difficult period of readjustment to civilian life, often exacerbated by disability, unemployment and accompanying financial pressures, the lecture will consider the important role of regimental and other service associations in providing support for those, and the families of those,... Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Evacuate!

    Aug. 31 - Jul. 31, 2019 10:30am — 12:30pm

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    Find out about the effect evacuation had on families during the Second World War as we make our own air raid warden’s helmet, gas mask box and indoor air raid shelter. All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book Read more…
  • Book Festival | Words of War | Overview

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 2:00pm — 6:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are hosting the inaugural ‘Words of War’ Book Festival on 21st and 22nd September 2019 in partnership with Tippermuir Books Ltd[https://tippermuirbooks.co.uk/]. This 2 day event will broaden our successful lecture series focusing on books, both fact and fiction, of wartime stories and military.  Book Festival Patron: Professor Sir Hew Strachan *Saturday 21 September | Words of War Programme* ... Read more…
  • Book Festival | The Generation that fought two World Wars

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 2:00pm — 3:00pm

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    *Victoria Schofield in conversation with Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin* In her masterly biography, Wavell: Soldier & Statesman, Victoria Schofield brings to life one of the towering figures of World War 2 and, in the process, illuminates many of the obscure pages of the history of the period. Victoria’s interest in military history was heavily influenced by her father, Vice Admiral Brian Schofield. Victoria is author of the two-volume history... Read more…
  • Book Festival | A Secret Diary of the First World War

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 2:00pm — 3:00pm

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    *A Children’s Event with Gill Arbuthnott* Did you know parachuting pigeons helped win the First World War? This and other fascinating facts are woven into the story of a young laddie from Dalkeith, James Marchbank, who served in the Royal Scots during the Great War. This book, lovingly illustrated by Darren Gates, places the reader in 14-year-old James’s boots as he marches off to war. Gill Arbuthnott will talk about... Read more…
  • Book Festival | The First World War comes to Islay

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 3:30pm — 4:30pm

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    *Les Wilson and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen* In February 1918 the troopship Tuscania was sunk by a German U-boat off Islay, causing the first major US military casualties of WW1.  Eight months later HMS Otranto collided with another troopship, the losses were enormous. Men, dead and alive were washed ashore on Islay – war had come to the Hebrides.  Les Wilson and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen will discuss Les’s vivid and sympathetic... Read more…
  • Book Festival | The Piper of Tobruk

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 3:30pm — 4:30pm

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    *Alice Soper interviewed by with Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin* Pipe Major Robert Roy is a legendary figure in The Black Watch. In November 1941, during the battle for the relief of the Tobruk Garrison, he “displayed the most exceptional and outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Months earlier, he had been involved in the defence of Crete, escaped... Read more…
  • Book Festival | The First World War from the German Perspective

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 5:00pm — 6:00pm

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    *Jonathan Boff in conversation with Professor Sir Hew Strachan* Jonathan Boff draws on extensive research in the German archives to offer a history of the First World War from the other side of the barbed wire. He revises conventional explanations of why the Germans lost with an in-depth analysis of the nature of command as modern warfare was born. Haig's Enemy views the Great War through the eyes... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Battles of the Perthshire Muirs

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 5:00pm — 6:00pm

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    *Rob Hand* The death of Robert the Bruce in 1329 gave opportunity for those with designs on the Scottish Crown. In 1332, funded by Edward III; Edward Balliol organised an invasion army that marched on Scone. At Dupplin Moor their passage was halted by a larger force but Balliol’s army was victorious. 312 years later, Tippermuir witnessed a Royalist army, under the Marquis of Montrose, rout a... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Scotland and the Cold War

    Sat, Sep. 21, 2019 6:30pm — 7:30pm

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    *Trevor Royle in conversation with Allan Mallinson* In his distinguished career as a broadcaster, journalist and military historian, Trevor Royle has written extensively. His books range from the Crimean War and the English Civil Wars to the two World Wars.  He has written widely on the histories of the Scottish regiments and writes regular newspaper columns and television scripts on international affairs and matters of defence. Trevor is a Fellow... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Words of War | Overview

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 10:30am — 4:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are hosting the inaugural ‘Words of War’ Book Festival on 21st and 22nd September 2019 in partnership with Tippermuir Books Ltd[https://tippermuirbooks.co.uk/]. This 2 day event will broaden our successful lecture series focusing on books, both fact and fiction, of wartime stories and military history. Book Festival Patron: Professor Sir Hew Strachan *Saturday 21 September | Words of War Programme* ... Read more…
  • Book Festival | War and Peace - Were Lessons Learnt?

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 10:30am — 11:30am

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    *Allan Mallinson* “War should be so engaged in that nothing but peace should appear to be aimed at”, wrote Cicero. Yet after four years of fighting, and the ultimate defeat of the Quadruple Alliance, in 1919 Marshal Ferdinand Foch protested – with astonishing accuracy - that the Treaty of Versailles was “not a peace but a twenty-year armistice”. Soldier, turned award-winning author, Allan Mallinson is a consummate military historian... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Jacobites Wars - The Battle of Killiecrankie 1689

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 12:00pm — 1:00pm

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    *Stuart Reid in conversation with Dr Nicola Small* In a writing career of 30 years, Stuart Reid has produced popular military histories that span the mid-seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. A former soldier with a long military ancestry Stuart has written extensively on the Jacobite Risings. The Battle of Killiecrankie pitched Scot against Scot and saw the zenith of the Highland Charge. In his book, Stuart draws on detailed research... Read more…
  • Book Festival | How to research and publish your book

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    *Black Watch Museum Archivist Richard Hunter in discussion with Publisher Dr Paul Philippou* Military memoirs are often the most readable and interesting works in war literature. From Julius Caesar’s The Conquest of Gaul to Ollie Ollerton’s account of his time in the SAS, soldiers have written of their war experiences. In many cases, military memoirs and biographies remain unpublished; in most cases, unwritten. Yet they can provide valuable historical information and... Read more…
  • Book Festival | War Journalism

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    *Paul Moorcraft* Paul Moorcraft has had a fascinating and varied career. He is best known for his experience in war zones, which led to work for the military as an instructor at both Sandhurst and the Staff College, international business, and both print and broadcast news. He has worked in frontline combat alongside Jihadists in places as varied as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan. His recent book, The Jihadist... Read more…
  • Book Festival | The Jacobite occupation of Perth

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    *Kathleen Lyle in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou* In August 1715, the 6th Earl of Mar raised the Jacobite standard at Braemar.  On 16 September, Perth was captured without battle and for a few months became the Jacobite’s headquarters. Kathleen Lyle will discuss with Dr Paul Phililppou the occupation of Perth; how the people and the surrounding countryside coped with an occupying army, to which they were largely... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Dunbar 1650: re-interpreting the battlefield

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 3:00pm — 4:00pm

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    *Arran Johnston* On the rain-soaked battlefield of Dunbar two former allies fought a bitter clash of arms. For Cromwell it cemented his reputation and paved the way for political and military supremacy. For the Scots it meant defeat, occupation and the end of a cause. Poor judgment alongside a brilliant victory, the Battle of Dunbar had both. Arran Johnston, Director of The Scottish Battlefield Trust, brings the story of... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Scottish World War 2 Heroine

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 3:00pm — 4:00pm

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    *Mary Miller in conversation with Ajay Close* In 2010, the British Government named Jane Haining a ‘British Hero of the Holocaust’ for her efforts to protect Jewish schoolchildren in Hungary during World War 2. Inspired by her own work with children in arduous circumstances, Mary Miller has produced a powerful and tender account of this Scottish heroine, her devotion to pupils in her care and her death in Auschwitz.... Read more…
  • Book Festival | Scots in the Spanish Civil War

    Sun, Sep. 22, 2019 4:30pm — 5:30pm

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    *Daniel Gray and Professor Willy Maley in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou* When General Franco with the support of Mussolini and Hitler attacked the Spanish Republic in 1936 there began a three-year civil war. Into that conflict came 40,000 International Brigade volunteers (549 from Scotland) in defence of democracy. Professor Willy Maley and Daniel Gray, in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou, author of Spanish Thermopylae will draw upon letters and personal accounts to tell... Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Powerful Propaganda

    Sat, Sep. 28, 2019 10:00am — 12:00pm

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    Discover how posters, films and songs were used to inspire the troops and those on the Home Front during times of war, and have a go at creating your own propaganda poster. All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Weapons of War

    Sat, Oct. 26, 2019 10:00am — 12:00pm

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    Join us as we explore the galleries to discover the ways in which weapons have changed over the years and how science has affected those changes. We will get hands-on with some of these weapons and try our hand at making our own model tanks and planes. All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) Suggested ages 7-12... Read more…