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Jul/01 - Summer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum

We have  a variety of fantastic family offerings this summer. From storytelling to hands-on activities, families will find something for all ages and interests at the Castle. For the first time this summer children can discover some of The Black Watch adventures and stories through a brand new Storytelling Tour. Offered on four different dates this summer, children will be encouraged to engage with the Black Watch collection through four stories linked to objects on displays.

Every Tuesday from 7 July – 11 August the Museum will host family handling and craft activities in the galleries. Take the unique opportunity to handle artefacts from the collection, learn about their history and enjoy a craft session linked to the displays and themes of the Museum.

From portraits to planes, soldiers to medal-making kids can have a go at an eclectic mix of craft ideas at the fun drop-in craft afternoons. These take place fortnightly, on a Saturday between 1-3pm between April and September.

This year the Castle and Museum will host their first ever annual summer festival on Saturday 5th September with fun for all the family, reenactors, music, crafts, tours, dressing up, face painting, cookery demonstrations and much more!

Learning and Audiences Officer Rebecca Berger said “We are thrilled to be offering new opportunities for families at the Museum this summer and excited to bring the fascinating story of The Black Watch to people of every age. There are so many fun and interesting ways to explore the history and heritage in museums!”

Join us this summer at the Castle and Museum.

Jun/09 - Black Watch Castle and Museum Teams Up with Perth Playhouse


Perth Playhouse and The Black Watch Castle and Museum are teaming up to celebrate a shared history and are inviting you to join them!

During the recent redevelopment of The Black Watch Museum, a Perth Playhouse programme from the summer of 1940 was discovered. At that time, Balhousie Castle was home to ladies of the Auxiliary Training Service (ATS). It is thought that the Playhouse programme must have slipped behind one of their desks during that summer many years ago and remained hidden through several changes in Castle occupancy until the Museum team discovered it in 2012.

On 1 August 1940, the Playhouse screened Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Alan Marshal. Now, 75 years on, Perth Playhouse will screen the same film, on 1 August 2015 at 6:00pm. The Museum will have the programme on display in the cafe throughout the summer this year. Stop by the Castle to have a look at what films were entertaining Perth residents in 1940, as well as what local businesses were advertising that summer.

To celebrate this history, throughout the month of August you can show your August cinema tickets to get 2-for-1 Museum admission, or show your August Museum tickets to get 2-for-1 cinema seats!

The Castle and Museum are also running a creative writing competition. Submit a short story about the person to whom the playbill might have belonged and how it came to be found nearly 70 years later in the turret wall by 30 June 2015. A team of judges will select three winners to receive a small prize and have their stories featured on our blog! Stories may be submitted in person at the Museum, by email to or by post.

All are welcome at the screening on 1 August; suggested donation for this event is £3 per person, with proceeds going to The Black Watch Museum. Tickets can be reserved at Perth Playhouse.

Jan/25 - Givenchy/Cuincy Memorial Service and Laying Up of Standards
At 1100 on Sunday 25 January 2015 The Black Watch Castle & Museum will host a special service to remember those Black Watch men who fell 100 years before and to Lay Up the Standards of the North Scotland Branch of the British Korean Veterans Association.

Oct/08 - Castle & Museum Awarded Five Stars
We are very proud to announce that The Black Watch Castle and Museum has gained a five star award from VisitScotland, the highest grading possible through their Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions.

Sep/09 - Museum earns Volunteer Friendly Award

 The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of its accomplishment in supporting, training, motivating and valuing its volunteer team.  The Castle and Museum are the 9th organisation in Perth and Kinross to have achieved the award. The award is to be presented to the Castle and Museum by Liz Grant, Provost of Perth and Kinross on Wednesday 3rd September at 2pm.  


Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator explains, “Providing a great volunteer journey is of paramount importance to us; we aim to ensure our volunteers enjoy their experience with us whilst assuring that the volunteer programme is effectively integrated with the aims and needs of the Museum. Undertaking the Volunteer Friendly Award meant that we had to look at our framework and practices to make certain they meet the quality standards required. Achieving the Award gives us the knowledge that we are providing a sound volunteering programme which reflects best practice in the sector.”  


Lidia Dye, Development Officer with Voluntary Action Perthshire states, “Working with The Black Watch Castle Museum through the process of achieving the Volunteer Friendly Award has given me the opportunity to find out about their work and how they work with volunteers.  I found it heartening to see how they look for ways to include volunteers in their work and make it as enjoyable and worthwhile experience as possible.  It was a pleasure working with them.”  

The Volunteer Friendly Award is a nationally recognised accolade developed by Dundee Volunteer Centre which rewards organisations who evidence that their volunteer management practice provides effective induction, training, development opportunities and ongoing support and recognition for their volunteers.



THE BLACK WATCH MUSEUM A charitable company registered in Scotland | Charity Number: SC005848
Company Number: SC410954 | VAT Number: 125 4637 20
Registered Office: Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR