Upcoming Events for Events https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/ Father's Day Free Museum Admission https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/fathers-day-free-museum-admission/?date=2019-06-16 <p>To celebrate Father's Day we are offering complimentary Museum admission for all Dad's on Sunday 16th June 2019.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 11:24:14 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/fathers-day-free-museum-admission/?date=2019-06-16 Museum Explorer's Club | Codes and Communication https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-codes-and-communication/?date=2019-06-22 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Century Gothic&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Century Gothic&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Discover how The Black Watch communicated on the battle field from 1745 to the present day. Crack codes, send messages and get crafty as we create a Museum Explorer's Battle Flag!  </span></span></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:39:14 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-codes-and-communication/?date=2019-06-22 Lecture | Sevastopol: Forgotten City of the First World War https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-sevastopol-forgotten-city-of-teh-first-world-war/?date=2019-06-26 <p>Major General Mungo Melvin, author of Sevastopol’s Wars; Crimea from Potemkin to Putin, will reveal this largely forgotten episode of world history, which continues to have many echoes today.  The Black Sea port and naval base of Sevastopol came briefly into the international news in early 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.  The longstanding historical significance of the place, however, was rarely highlighted in this reportage.  If remembered at all, the siege of Sevastopol (1854-55) features in accounts of the Crimean War.  Yet Sevastopol also played an important role in both the First World War and the overlapping Russian Civil War.  Had it not been for the German bombardment of the port in October 1914 under an Ottoman flag, a deliberate provocation, it is doubtful whether Russia would have declared war on Turkey.  The result was the closure of the Dardanelles and the ensuing Allied Gallipoli operation to open them – resulting in a heroic but complete failure. </p> <p>German forces occupied Sevastopol in May 1918, but at the war’s end were required to withdraw under the terms of the Armistice of 11 November 1918.  British and French forces then arrived as much to prevent a Bolshevik takeover, so entering the Russian Civil War on the side of the losing White cause.  Securing the Black Sea Fleet and the associated port infrastructure was common to both the German and Entente interventions. Eventually the Bolsheviks won the war against the Whites in a final, bitterly contested, campaign on the Crimean peninsula. It ended in November 1920 with an evacuation protected by French and United States ships. By then the British government, and hence the Royal Navy, had withdrawn support to a lost cause.</p> <p>Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE retired from the Army in 2011. He is a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee, a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow of King’s College London. He is the President of the British Commission of Military History. His biography, Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General, was published to critical acclaim in 2010, and was awarded as the best military biography of the year by the United States Society for Military History in 2012. Mungo Melvin’s next major work, Sevastopol’s Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin was published in early 2017.  He has also edited the British Army’s Battlefield Guide to the Western Front of the First World War.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:46:12 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-sevastopol-forgotten-city-of-teh-first-world-war/?date=2019-06-26 Summer Crafts | Create an aircraft https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-create-an-aircraft/?date=2019-07-03 <p>Summer Craft Sessions at the Castle | Create an Aircraft</p> <p>Defend the skies by creating your own World War 2 spitfire aircraft.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> <p> </p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:41:46 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-create-an-aircraft/?date=2019-07-03 Summer Crafts | Colour Collage https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-colour-collage/?date=2019-07-10 <p>Summer Craft Sessions at the Castle | Colour Collage</p> <p>Help us to make a Black Watch collage battle standard for our exciting Summer Festival. You can also make your own mini version to take home.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:45:00 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-colour-collage/?date=2019-07-10 Summer Crafts | Soldier Paperchains https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-soldier-paperchains/?date=2019-07-17 <p>Summer Crafts at the Castle | Soldier Paperchains</p> <p>Create your solider paperchains to make your own marching line. You can add your artwork to our display or take home with you.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts |Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:48:58 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-soldier-paperchains/?date=2019-07-17 Summer Crafts | Brilliant Badge Making https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-brilliant-badge-making/?date=2019-07-24 <p>Summer Crafts at the Castle | Badge Making</p> <p>Create custom badges with our brilliant badge making machine. Take inspiration from our collection or use your imagination to design your own regimental badge.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:50:41 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-brilliant-badge-making/?date=2019-07-24 Summer Crafts | Model Soldiers https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-model-soldiers/?date=2019-07-24 <p>Summer Crafts at the Castle | Model Soldiers</p> <p>Let’s get crafty as we create our own model Black Watch soldiers using cardboard, fabric, felt, tissue paper, pens and card.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:52:31 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-model-soldiers/?date=2019-07-24 Museum Explorer's Club | Join The Black Watch https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-join-the-black-watch/?date=2019-07-24 <p>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 27<sup>th</sup> July.</p> <p>All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) <br>Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:05:58 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-join-the-black-watch/?date=2019-07-24 Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cost-of-unreadiness-the-black-watch-1919-1939/?date=2019-07-25 <p>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 assumption there would be no major war for ten years and it was extended annually until 1932. Equipment was not renewed and under the Geddes Axe of 1920 (named after Sir Auckland Geddes, chairman of the Committee on National Expenditure.) manpower levels were reduced to make further savings. Like the rest of the British Army, The Black Watch was not immune from any of these changes and would pay the price when it went to war again in September 1939.</p> <p>Trevor Royle is the author of several works of military history, his latest book being Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ext 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:05:00 +0000 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cost-of-unreadiness-the-black-watch-1919-1939/?date=2019-07-25 Summer Festival at the Castle https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-festival-at-the-castle/?date=2019-07-27 <p>Join us for our annual Summer Festival at the Castle. We are excited to host this Army life themed event which will be a fun filled family day out brimming with interactive entertainment, live music and much more…</p> <p>Sing-a-long Gallery Tours<br>Soldier Cookie Decorating<br>Gallery Trails<br>Family Crafts<br>Outdoor Games<br>Trench Tours<br>Museum Explorer and Cadet Drills<br>Dressing up stations<br>Face Painting <br>Meet the Bandmaster<br>Obstacle Challenge<br>Hide and Seek<br>Meet soldiers from 3SCOTS and 7SCOTS, The Black Watch<br>Ration cooking<br>Live music from the Mc Andrews Sisters<br>The Pipes and Drums<br>Military Vehicles<br>Sweetie Cart<br><br>With special guest appearance from Corporal Cruachan 1V, The Regimental Mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (an adorable Shetland pony)</p> <p>Adults Free | Children under 3 years  Free | Children 3 years and over £5<br><br>More details of individual events and timings to follow.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 11:13:19 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-festival-at-the-castle/?date=2019-07-27 Museum Explorer's Club | Evacuate! https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-evacuate/?date=2019-07-31 <p>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.</p> <p>All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) <br>Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:07:43 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-evacuate/?date=2019-07-31 Summer Crafts | Creating with Clay https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-creating-with-clay/?date=2019-08-07 <p>Summer Crafts at the Castle | Creating with Clay</p> <p>Roll up your sleeves and have a go at making your own clay models.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:54:53 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-creating-with-clay/?date=2019-08-07 Summer Crafts | Marvellous Medal Making https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-marvellous-medal-making/?date=2019-08-14 <p>Summer Crafts at the Castle | Marvellous Medal Making</p> <p>Be inspired by the heroes of The Black Watch and make your own marvellous medals.</p> <p>Drop-in family crafts | Suggested donation £3</p> <p> </p> <p>If taking part in this Summer’s crafts why explore the Museum galleries with 50% discount on child entry throughout the Summer holidays.*</p> <p>*Only available to children who have taken part in drop-in family crafts session</p> <p>*All children should be accompanied with a supervising adult</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:58:34 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/summer-crafts-marvellous-medal-making/?date=2019-08-14 Lecture | The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-experiences-of-black-watch-veterans-of-the-great-war/?date=2019-08-21 <p>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, who had served 1914-18.</p> <p>Dr Derek Patrick was awarded a PhD in Scottish History from the University of St Andrews in 2002. He has a longstanding interest in Scottish military history and is a founder member of the HLF-funded Great War Dundee Commemorative Project. He was one of three Scottish advisors working on the BBC’s Great War at Home initiative and has recently co-edited ‘Tayside at War’, the Abertay Historical Society’s 2018 publication. Derek has made several appearances on TV and radio and has written a number of articles in the local press covering the experiences of The Black Watch in the Great War. He is an associate member of The Black Watch Association.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:17:35 +0000 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-experiences-of-black-watch-veterans-of-the-great-war/?date=2019-08-21 Book Festival | Words of War | Day 1 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/book-festival-words-of-war-day-1/?date=2019-09-21 <p>The Black Watch Castle and Museum are hosting the inaugural ‘Words of War’ Book Festival on 21<sup>st</sup> and 22<sup>nd</sup> September 2019 in partnership with <a href="https://tippermuirbooks.co.uk/">Tippermuir Books Ltd</a>. This 2 day event will broaden our successful lecture series focusing on books, both fact and fiction, of wartime stories, military history and war poetry. </p> <p>Book Festival Patron: Professor Sir Hew Strachan</p> <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saturday 21 September | Words of War Programme</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Time</strong></td> <td><strong> Event</strong></td> <td> <p><strong>Location</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Ticket Price</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td>2.00pm</td> <td> <p>Victoria Schofield in conversation with Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin<br>Military Biography – The Generation that fought two World Wars</p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td> <p>£8</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>2.00pm</td> <td> <p>Children’s Event<br>Gill Arbuthnott<br><em>A Secret Diary of the First World War</em></p> </td> <td> <p>Wavell Room <br>First World War<br>Trench</p> </td> <td>Free</td> </tr><tr><td>3.30pm</td> <td> <p>Les Wilson and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen<br><em>The First World War come to Islay</em>   </p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td>£8</td> </tr><tr><td>3.30pm</td> <td> <p>Alice Soper interviewed by Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin  <br><em>The Piper of Tobruk</em></p> </td> <td>Wavell Room</td> <td>£6</td> </tr><tr><td>5.00pm</td> <td> <p>Jonathan Boff in conversation with Professor Sir Hew Strachan<br><em>The First World War from the German Perspective</em></p> </td> <td>Queen Mother Room</td> <td>£8</td> </tr><tr><td>5.00pm</td> <td> <p>Rob Hands      <br><em>Battles of the Perthshire Muirs</em></p> </td> <td> <p>Wavell Room</p> </td> <td>£6</td> </tr><tr><td>6.30pm</td> <td> <p>Trevor Royle with Allan Mallinson<br><em>Scotland and the Cold War   </em></p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td>£8</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Tickets will be available to purchase by 24th June 2019 by calling 01738 638152</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 11:28:55 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/book-festival-words-of-war-day-1/?date=2019-09-21 Book Festival | Words of War | Day 2 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/book-festival-words-of-war-day-2/?date=2019-09-22 <p>The Black Watch Castle and Museum are hosting the inaugural ‘Words of War’ Book Festival on 21<sup>st</sup> and 22<sup>nd</sup> September 2019 in partnership with <a href="https://tippermuirbooks.co.uk/">Tippermuir Books Ltd</a>. This 2 day event will broaden our successful lecture series focusing on books, both fact and fiction, of wartime stories, military history and war poetry. </p> <p>Book Festival Patron: Professor Sir Hew Strachan</p> <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sunday 22 September | Words of War Programme</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>Time</strong></td> <td><strong> Event</strong></td> <td> <p><strong>Location</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Ticket Price</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td>10.30am</td> <td> <p>Allan Mallinson<br>War and Peace – Were lessons learnt?         </p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td> <p>£8</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>12.00pm</td> <td> <p>Stuart Reid in conversation with Dr Nicola Small<br>Jacobite War - The Battle of Killiecrankie 1689   </p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td>£8</td> </tr><tr><td>12.00pm</td> <td> <p>Richard Hunter in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou<br>Workshop – How to research and publish your book       </p> </td> <td> <p>Wavell Room  </p> </td> <td>£6</td> </tr><tr><td>1.30pm</td> <td> <p>Paul Moorcraft<br>War Journalism</p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td>£8</td> </tr><tr><td>1.30pm</td> <td> <p>Kathleen Lyle in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou<br>The Jacobite occupation of Perth</p> </td> <td> <p>Wavell Room</p> </td> <td>£6</td> </tr><tr><td>3.00pm</td> <td> <p>Mary Miller in conversation with Ajay Close<br>Scottish World War 2 Heroine</p> </td> <td> <p>Queen Mother Room</p> </td> <td>£8</td> </tr><tr><td>3.00pm</td> <td> <p>Arran Johnston<br>Dunbar 1650 – Re-interpreting the Battlefield</p> </td> <td> <p>Wavell Room</p> </td> <td>£6</td> </tr><tr><td>4.30pm</td> <td> <p>Daniel Gray and Professor Willy Maley in conversation with Dr Paul Philippou<br>Scots in the Spanish Civil War         </p> </td> <td>Queen Mother Room</td> <td>£8 </td> </tr></tbody></table><p>Tickets will be available to purchase by 24th June 2019 by calling 01738 638152</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:16:06 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/book-festival-words-of-war-day-2/?date=2019-09-22 Museum Explorer's Club | Powerful Propaganda https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-powerful-propaganda/?date=2019-09-28 <p>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.</p> <p>All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) <br>Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:09:28 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-powerful-propaganda/?date=2019-09-28 Museum Explorer's Club | Weapons of War https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-weapons-of-war/?date=2019-10-26 <p>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.</p> <p>All Museum Explorer’s Clubs are £7.50 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) <br>Suggested ages 7-12 | 01738 638152 to book</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:11:53 +0100 https://theblackwatch.co.uk/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-weapons-of-war/?date=2019-10-26