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  • 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…
  • Afternoon Tea with the Archive

    Fri, Jan. 20, 2017 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…
  • Afternoon Tea with the Archive

    Fri, Jan. 20, 2017 2:00pm — 3:00pm

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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 the Trench

    Wed, Feb. 15, 2017 11:00am — 12:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are proud to be the only venue in Scotland to have a First World War replica trench. Explore the replica trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War Solider living in the trenches. Handle original and replica First World War objects, explore the uniform and kit of a First World War soldier... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

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

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    Join us to discover some of the interesting places The Black Watch have served in over the past 300 years. The Black Watch were in Hong Kong in 1997 when Britain handed over power to China. Hong Kong has a wonderful mix of Chinese and Western culture. Today we will celebrate the Chinese traditions by constructing our own colourful dragon boats Why not make a day of... Read more…
  • Explore the Trench

    Thu, Feb. 16, 2017 11:00am — 12:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are proud to be the only venue in Scotland to have a First World War replica trench. Explore the replica trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War Solider living in the trenches. Handle original and replica First World War objects, explore the uniform and kit of a First World War soldier... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

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

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    Join us to discover some of the interesting places The Black Watch have served in over the past 300 years. The Black Watch have served in Germany many times, including in the First and Second World Wars. The national symbol of Germany is the eagle. Join us as we make majestic eagles using your handprint. Why not make a day of it and explore the Museum... 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…
  • Explore the Trench

    Fri, Feb. 17, 2017 11:00am — 12:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are proud to be the only venue in Scotland to have a First World War replica trench. Explore the replica trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War Solider living in the trenches. Handle original and replica First World War objects, explore the uniform and kit of a First World War soldier... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

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

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    Join us to discover some of the interesting places The Black Watch have served in over the past 300 years. In their early years the Regiment served in North America. They would encounter handcrafted toys, such as yearn dolls, made by the early settlers to entertain their children. Today, you too can create your own colourful yarn doll. Why not make a day of it and... Read more…
  • Explore the trench

    Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 11:00am — 12:30pm

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    Explore our WW1 replica trench and find out what life was like for soldiers on the front line. Drop in activity | Donation £2 Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

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

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    Join us to discover some of the interesting places The Black Watch have served in over the past 300 years. During the First World War a Black Watch soldier made some surprising discoveries in his trench in Greece – ancient pottery. Create your own, unique Greek pot out of clay. Why not make a day of it and explore the Museum with our ‘Around the World’... Read more…
  • Explore the Trench

    Sun, Feb. 19, 2017 11:00am — 12:30pm

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    The Black Watch Castle and Museum are proud to be the only venue in Scotland to have a First World War replica trench. Explore the replica trench and get to grips with the day to day life of a First World War Solider living in the trenches. Handle original and replica First World War objects, explore the uniform and kit of a First World War soldier... Read more…
  • Around the world with The Black Watch

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

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    Join us to discover some of the interesting places The Black Watch have served in over the past 300 years. The Black Watch were in Holland during the Second World War and helped liberate a number of towns there. Holland is known for many things: tulips, windmills and beautiful blue painted pottery, known as Delft pottery. Join us in painting your own, individually designed Delft plate. Why... 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…