The new extension at The Black Watch Castle and Museum was officially opened this week by the Provost of Perth and Kinross Dennis Melloy.
The new build, known as the Queen Mother Room, has been named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who succeeded her father, His Majesty King George V, as Colonel in Chief of The Black Watch in 1937. The Queen Mother continued in this role until 2002 acting as a strong link between the Regiment and the Royal Family.
The extension was designed by Arthur Stone Architects to complement the 2013 redevelopment and the historic Balhousie Castle whilst creating a light and open event space. The build was undertake by local firm Balhousie Glazing.
Drew Hay, Director of Balhousie Glazing states,
“Balhousie Glazing are delighted to have worked in partnership with The Black Watch Castle and Museum to deliver this new extension. It has been an exciting time following the project from the planning stage through to the completed build. I would like to give thanks to the many talented tradesman involved in creating this space. We wish the Castle and Museum every success in the future."
This addition to the multi award winning venue will enable larger events such as weddings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions to be accommodated.
Anne Kinnes, Chief Executive Officer, The Black Watch Castle and Museum explains,
“I would like to give my thanks to all involved in designing and producing this unique space which will offer a world class venue to our existing and new customers. We are delighted the Provost could join us to officially open the Queen Mother Room. This marks the beginning of the next stage on our journey to sustaining the Home of The Black Watch.”
Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy said,
“In recent years The Black Watch Castle and Museum, one of Perth’s key tourist attractions, has seen a tremendous increase in visitor numbers, which is to be welcomed given the importance of tourism to our local economy. I am sure that the Queen Mother Room, which reflects the longstanding link between the Royal Family and the armed forces, can only further augment its appeal for visitors from near and far. It gives me great pleasure therefore to be asked to officially open the extension today.”
The first event to be held in the Queen Mother Room is an exhibition and sale of paintings by the late Brigadier Angus Irwin. Brigadier Irwin was commissioned into The Black Watch in 1937 with his military career spanning more than 30 years. Upon retirement he took up his love of painting on a regular and serious basis. All proceeds from the sale of painting will be donated to The Black Watch Museum. The exhibition runs from 27th April – 7th May 2018.