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  • Lecture | Conscription in the First World War

    Mon, Oct. 3, 2016 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    In 1916 Britain adopted compulsory military service.  Today conscription is associated overwhelmingly with the treatment meted out to conscientious objectors.  However, only a very small proportion of those seen by the military tribunals sought exemption on such grounds.  Most did so for business or economic reasons.  Moreover their cases were heard by local bodies, often more concerned to serve local needs than to meet the army's demand... Read more…
  • Schwaben Redoubt Memorial Service

    Fri, Oct. 14, 2016 11:00am — 11:30am

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    Schwaben Redoubt Memorial Service Friday 14th October 11:00am At 1100 on Friday 14 October 2016 The Black Watch Castle & Museum will host a special service to remember 83 Black Watch men who fell 100 years before at the Schwaben Redoubt as part of the Battle of the Somme. The focus of the memorial service will be placing crosses for every man who was killed on the Black Watch... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Marches: a walk through Britain with my father

    Sat, Oct. 22, 2016 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Lecture by The Right Hon Rory Stewart MP Rory Stewart will talk about the life of his father Brian Stewart drawing on their last adventure together.  His father taught Rory Stewart how to walk, and walked with him on journeys from Iran to Malaysia.  They chose to do their final walk together along ‘The Marches’ – the frontier that divides their two countries, Scotland and England.  His... Read more…
  • Night at the Museum

    Sat, Oct. 29, 2016 6:00pm

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    Are you brave enough to explore The Black Watch Castle and Museum galleries by torchlight? Join us for this spooky after hours experience. Explore the museum, meet the ghosts of the Black Watch’s past and hear their stories. Ticket price includes warming hot chocolate and a delicious biscuit. £6 per person | Reservation Required Read more…
  • Afternoon Tea with the Archive

    Fri, Nov. 18, 2016 2:00pm

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    Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea while listening to the treasures in the archive. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Museum’s Empire Gallery; which was once the drawing room of the Earls of Kinnoull. Take your afternoon tea whilst listening to the narration of letters from our archive, all written by serving soldiers to their loved ones during times of conflict. Following this spend time exploring... Read more…
  • Explore your archive week

    Mon, Nov. 21, 2016 10:00am — 12:30pm

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    Monday 21st November 2016 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Friday 25th November 2016| 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Join us in celebrating Explore Your Archive Week. Discover some of the many treasures stored within The Black Watch Museum's archive. Engage with the regiment’s hidden history and learn more from our research and archive team. Explore... Read more…
  • Explore your archive week

    Fri, Nov. 25, 2016 10:00am — 12:30pm

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    Monday 21st November 2016 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Friday 25th November 2016| 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Join us in celebrating Explore Your Archive Week. Discover some of the many treasures stored without The Black Watch Castle and Museum archive. Engage with the regiment’s hidden history and learn more from our research and... Read more…
  • Evening of Christmas Shopping

    Thu, Dec. 1, 2016 5:30pm — 7:30pm

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    We are brimming with excitement at our 2016 Christmas gift selection from striking silk scarves, gorgeous tree and home decorations to beverages sourced from renowned Scottish suppliers. Enjoy warming coffee and mince pies while you hand over your pressies to our Gift Wrapping Elves to work their Festive magic. No charge, this is our Christmas gift to you! Enter our Party Popping prize draw to be in... Read more…
  • Winter Festival

    Sat, Dec. 3, 2016 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Get in the festive spirit with our fun filled afternoon of Christmas activity. £5 per child | Adults go free | No reservation required Read more…
  • Lecture | 1916 - The Turning Point?

    Thu, Dec. 8, 2016 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    After a disastrous campaign in 1915, Britain was looking for success in 1916 - but more disappointments followed on sea and land across the globe. Can the year that contained Jutland, the Somme, the Easter Rising and the death of Lord Kitchener be considered a turning point?  This talk will look at the campaigns and their lessons with some local perspectives and suggest an answer. Mike Taylor... Read more…
  • Christmas Crafts

    Sat, Dec. 10, 2016 1:00pm — 3:30pm

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    On Christmas Day 1914 thousands of soldiers were away from home serving in the First World War, far away from their families, friends and loved ones. To make sure every soldier would get something for Christmas, Princess Margaret sent out gift tins filled with small presents for those who could not be at home for Christmas. Join us and make your own gift tin and Christmas... Read more…
  • Afternoon Tea with the Archive

    Fri, Dec. 16, 2016 2:00pm

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    Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea while listening to the treasures in the archive. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Museum’s Empire Gallery; which was once the drawing room of the Earls of Kinnoull. Take your afternoon tea whilst listening to the narration of letters from our archive, all written by serving soldiers to their loved ones during times of conflict. Following this spend time exploring... Read more…
  • Family Talk | My Son Tom

    Sat, Jan. 7, 2017 1:00pm — 2:00pm

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    For many who lost their loved ones in the First World War their grief was made worse by the fact that their remains could not be found. Join our archivist to discover the story of one man’s search to find out what happened to his son’s remains using original letters, documents and objects. This is an interactive talk for the whole family to learn more about... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Rivals: Montrose and Argyll and the struggle for Scotland

    Thu, Jan. 19, 2017 7:00pm — 8:30pm

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    Lecture by Murdo Fraser MSP The struggles of the Scottish Civil War of 1644-45 could easily be personified as a contest between James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and Archibald Campbell, 1st (and only)  Marquis of Argyll. There are remarkable parallels between the two men: both came from ancient and powerful families, both were originally Covenanters, both considered themselves loyal subjects of Charles I, then Charles II,... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

    Wed, Feb. 15, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Looking to entertain the kids during the school half term break? Look no further than The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Bring the kids along to discover some of the places The Black Watch have been in the past 300 years! Every day between 15th and 19th February we will create a craft from one of the different countries where The Black Watch have served. Make... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

    Thu, Feb. 16, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Looking to entertain the kids during the school half term break? Look no further than The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Bring the kids along to discover some of the places The Black Watch have been in the past 300 years! Every day between 15th and 19th February we will create a craft from one of the different countries where The Black Watch have served. Make... Read more…
  • Lecture | Blitzkrieg in the West: Manstein and the Fall of France, 1940

    Thu, Feb. 16, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Major General Mungo Melvin will present a fascinating account of General Erich von Manstein’s critical role in the German victory over France in May-June 1940. Author of the famous ‘Sickle-Cut’ plan that cut the Allied armies in two during Case Yellow, which led to the evacuation of the BEF at Dunkirk, Manstein was relegated to a supporting role during this first phase of the German campaign... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

    Fri, Feb. 17, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Looking to entertain the kids during the school half term break? Look no further than The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Bring the kids along to discover some of the places The Black Watch have been in the past 300 years! Every day between 15th and 19th February we will create a craft from one of the different countries where The Black Watch have served. Make... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

    Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Looking to entertain the kids during the school half term break? Look no further than The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Bring the kids along to discover some of the places The Black Watch have been in the past 300 years! Every day between 15th and 19th February we will create a craft from one of the different countries where The Black Watch have served. Make... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

    Sun, Feb. 19, 2017 1:00pm — 4:00pm

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    Looking to entertain the kids during the school half term break? Look no further than The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Bring the kids along to discover some of the places The Black Watch have been in the past 300 years! Every day between 15th and 19th February we will create a craft from one of the different countries where The Black Watch have served. Make... Read more…
  • Lecture | Nivelle and the French Mutinies

    Thu, Mar. 2, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    By Professor Peter Jackson April to June 1917 marked a low point in the war for France.  The French government, led by Alexandre Ribot, faced the fall-out from the disastrous Chemin des Dames offensive of Robert Nivelle; widespread strikes on the home front; mutiny to the rear of the front line and the potential collapse of their chief pre-war ally, Imperial Russia which descended into revolution in... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Battle of Arras

    Tue, Apr. 4, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The battle of Arras was fought from 9 Apr - 16 May 17 along the River Scarpe to the East of Arras.  Its aim was to divert German attention from the Nivelle offensive to the South.  The battle plan was prepared by the commander of the British Third Army, General Allenby.  Initially there was quite a measure of success but this petered out without any significant... Read more…