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D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice

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D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice Sculpture

Saturday 31st July – Monday 30th August | Free

The poignant ‘D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice’ sculpture by Alfie Bradley will be visiting The Black Watch Castle and Museum; the first time the sculpture has visited Scotland. Funded by the National Heritage Lottery and commissioned by The D-Day Story museum in Portsmouth the sculpture commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings and provides a lasting tribute to the lives lost in the first 24 hours of the Normandy landings.
TD-Day Soldiers of Sacrifice will be located in our Castle courtyard and is free to view.

D-Day Soldiers of Sacrifice Family Activities

Saturday 17th July | Magnificent Medals and Commemorative Coins

Explore the museum’s collection to discover some of the magnificent medals and eye-catching coins created to commemorate soldier’s bravery. Then join us to design and create your own.

Saturday 24th July | Prepare for Landing!

77 years ago, brave soldiers from all over the world waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy. Find out about this historic event and then have a go at making your own WW2 landing craft to take home. 

Saturday 31st July | A Stitch in Time

During WW2, The Highland Division became known as ‘The Highway Decorators’ because they painted their emblem wherever they went. Take inspiration from this iconic logo or use your imagination to create your own cross stitch design.

Saturday 7th August | Fun with Gliders

Military gliders were used throughout WW2, whether that was dropping The Black Watch into the jungles of Burma or taking control of bridges on D-Day. Join us to make your own great glider and test out its flying ability.

Sunday 15th August | Create with Clay

Be inspired by the Soldiers of Sacrifice sculpture and try your hand at making your own clay monument to remember the bravery of all our troops.

Sunday 22nd August | Paper Doves

For centuries the dove has been a recognised symbol of peace. Taking inspiration from the Solider of Sacrifice statue join us to create and decorate your own beautiful dove to take home.

Sunday 29th August | Beautiful Boxes

Soldiers often made keepsake boxes to store their precious letters and souvenirs. Join us to decorate your own unique keepsake box using a selection of craft materials.


Times: 10.00am, 10.55am, 1.00pm and 1.55pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Children £5 | additional children from the same family £2.50 | Adults free


Sunday 18th, 25th July, Sunday 1st, 8th August, Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th August | 13.00-15.00 | Hands on History | Drop-In Event | Free

Get hands on with World War 2 uniforms and weapons at our weekly object handling sessions.

D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice Adult Events

Thursday 5th August |Saturday 28th August | 14.00-15.30pm | £19 Afternoon Tea with the Archive: Soldier’s Stories – A Personal Reflection

Take afternoon tea in the Empire gallery as our museum team share extracts from personal journals and correspondence written by 3 Black Watch Soldiers. These intimate first-hand accounts reflect on their personal experiences during service from the Boer War through to World War Two.

Monday – Friday from Monday 9th August until Friday 20th August | £25 12.30pm Tour | 1.00pm Lunch Guided Tour and Lunch

A guided tour of the Museum highlighting Black Watch stories of heroism and sacrifice followed by a two-course lunch in our award-winning Castle Cafe.

Thursday 12th August | 18.30-20.30 | £30 An evening of history, cheese and wine

Together we will discover a selection of cheese and wine originating from the lands liberated by The Black Watch as they travelled from the Normandy beaches into the heartlands of Nazi Germany. 

Meet our Museum and Archive team for a ‘behind the scenes’ experience and uncover the emotive story behind the D-Day: Soldiers of Sacrifice sculpture. This exclusive evening provides the opportunity to see archive related documents, get up close with the collection and explore the personal stories which have inspired our special exhibition. 


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