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  • Formation and Early Roles of The Royal Flying Corps (RFC)

    Mon, May. 8, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series: Dr Paton will outline the early developments in air flight leading up to the formation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912. He will describe the first military aeroplanes, pilot recruiting and training, formation of the early squadrons and the tactical experience learned from pre-war exercises which led to six Squadrons being ready for war in 1914.... Read more…
  • History Hunt

    Sat, May. 20, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    *Festival of Museum Family Event* This weekend become an archaeologist – discover the hidden treasures buried in our mini dig pits and piece together the clues to uncover the fascinating stories these objects have to tell! Explore our replica First World War trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War solider living in the trenches. Get hands on with... Read more…
  • History Hunt

    Sun, May. 21, 2017 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    *Festival of Museum Family Event* This weekend become an archaeologist – discover the hidden treasures buried in our mini dig pits and piece together the clues to uncover the fascinating stories these objects have to tell! Explore our replica First World War trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War solider living in the trenches. Get hands on with... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Tanks: From The Somme To Cambrai: The Arduous Road To Victory

    Tue, Jun. 13, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917 the British tanks went from the first tank “Mother”, through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullecourt in April 1917 and the mud of Flanders in the summer and autumn 1917 to,... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Home Front and Holidaymaking during the First World War; the Scottish experience

    Tue, Jul. 11, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series  This talk looks at what happened to holidays and holdiaymaking in Scotland during WW1. There was in the short term a total dislocation, with resorts deserted, moors silent and hotels requisitioned. But as the war went on, holidaymakers came back in number, particularly to the safer inland and West coast resorts. There was a significant change in their... Read more…
  • Lecture | Lieutenant Freddie Tait: Golfer and Soldier

    Thu, Aug. 3, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Winner of the Amateur Championship in 1896 and 1898 and several times a leading contender in the Open Championships of that time, Freddie Tait was tall, good-looking, always cheerful and one of the finest Amateur golfers of his time.  Freddie Tait entered the Open Championship on nine occasions in the 1890's, coming third, as an Amateur, competing... Read more…
  • Lecture | Passchendaele

    Thu, Oct. 12, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Professor Gary Sheffield will take us through the Battle of Passchendaele.  Passchendaele was the major WW1 campaign of 1917.  It was fought initially for control of the ridges South and East of Ypres and the railway junction at Roulers, thus threatening the supply route of the German 4th Army.  Although the offensive began well with the... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Cradle of Scotland

    Thu, Nov. 2, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series Professor Stephen Driscoll of Glasgow University will talk about the archaeological project around Forteviot and the lower Strathearn valley, an area which played a central role in the development of the  Kingdom of Scotland from the 9th century. It was here that Kenneth McAlpin, traditionally the first king of a United Kingdom of the Picts and... Read more…
  • Lecture | 1917 - Total War

    Thu, Dec. 7, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series After the trials of the Somme and Verdun would the Allies apply the lessons learned and their growing stocks of materiel to break the Central Powers?  They would try but one ally would be knocked out of the war and two came close to defeat.  Would the USA's declaration of war on Imperial Germany assure victory? ... Read more…