The Museum takes pride in its constantly changing environment and strives to provide a more in-depth focus on different aspects of the Regimental history from time to time.

Our new temporary exhibition gallery has a programme of changing exhibitions, often featuring collections from our stores.

Our Sons of The Black Watch display is a semi-permanent exhibition, with rotating and changing exhibits to highlight the lives of Black Watch men through personal collections.

Waterloo Lives: The Black Watch

15 May - 30 October 2015

The Black Watch Castle & Museum has collaborated with the National Army Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a special commemorative exhibition.

Discover the real story of Waterloo through a fascinating display of objects that tell the personal stories of soldiers and their families, and the legacy that the battle left behind in the lives of so many people. Included in the exhibition are works of art, military uniforms and medals. A family activity day takes place on Saturday 16 May.

Sons of The Black Watch: 70 Years since VE Day and VJ Day

May-October 2015

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War this exhibition looks at unique personal collections that have never been on display before. The cap hand-made by Private Blair is displayed with photographs and papers from his time in active service and as a prisoner of war. An embroidery by Maj Gen Fortune - famously captured at St Valery in 1940 - made during his time as a prisoner of war will also be on display. And the personal collection of Albert King, a Black Watch soldier and Chindit, will look at the Burma campaign.

Joseph Gray: fighter-writer and war artist

Etching by Joseph Gray from McManus Galleres.February-May 2015

On the outbreak of war, a group of journalists from Dundee enlisted in the 4th (City of Dundee) Battalion of The Black Watch Regiment. They were the ‘Fighter-Writers’, and amongst their number was Joseph Gray.

Gray'’s experiences of the Front Line were to influence his later work in creating portraits vividly depicting the men he served with and the landscapes surrounding them; these works were a testament to the “brotherhood-in-arms” that Gray and his comrades experienced. This exhibition will explore his work as a journalist as well as his work as a war artist.

The exhibition will feature examples of Gray's work from the City of Dundee Council collections, the Andrew Paterson Collection, the DC Thomson archive and the University of Dundee Museum collections.

Sons of The Black Watch: Golf

August 2014-May 2015

In honour of the Ryder Cup coming to Perthshire, this small exhibition will feature collections relating to golf within the Regiment, including the personal collection of Freddie Tait, Regimental cups and other memorabilia.

Scarlet Coats and Feather Bonnets

October 2014-January 2015

In the run up to the 200 anniversary of the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo in 2015, this exhibition gives visitors a taste of the development of the iconic uniform worn by The Black Watch during the Napoleonic period. Items from the reserve collection - including scarlet coats, feather bonnets and prints - will illustrate the development of the uniform from the early 18th century through to the modern day.

Artist in the Archive

May-September 2014

Artist in the Archive aims to make the First World War archive collections at the Museum accessible to a wide audience through this creative and innovative project. Glasgow-based artist Robin Leishman is working with archivist Richard McKenzie and Learning and Audiences Officer Rebecca Berger to help bring First World War stories from the archive to life through a series of artworks that highlight the collections and encourage the public to engage with primary historical sources in a new way. The resulting artworks will be exhibited in a temporary exhibition alongside the documentary material that inspired them.

Muskets, Khukris and Broadswords: Firearms and bladed weapons from The Black Watch reserve collections

October 2013-April 2014

On until the beginning of April, this exhibition highlights some of the weapons not usually on display. The Black Watch collection contains not only general issue weapons used by the Regiment but also weapons brought back by Black Watch soldiers from posts around the world, making the collection very diverse. This display juxtaposes weapons old and new, British and international, for an interesting insight into weapons history and development.

The Sword & The Pencil: Hidden Treasures from the Collection of The Black Watch

June to end September 2013

Curated by guest curator, art historian and museum studies student Javier Andres Perez, the opening exhibition in the new temporary exhibition gallery features art and photography from our stores.



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