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The Friends of The Black Watch Castle & Museum is pleased to support the temporary exhibition programme at the recently reopened Black Watch Castle & Museum. The Friends will support up to three exhibitions each year, including touring exhibitions and displays of artefacts and archival material from the Museum’s reserve collections.
Leanor Blackhall, Friends Secretary states, “The aim of the Friends organisation is to support the Museum to maintain the legacy of The Black Watch. We have over 360 Friends who have committed their support in achieving this aim. We are delighted to be in a position to fund these exhibitions and plan to do many more joint projects with the Museum in the future.”
Kathryn Howell, Museum Chief Executive explains, “These exhibitions allow us to showcase artefacts and give a voice to the many stories that are hidden in the Museum’s reserve collections. They provide fresh material and insight for our visitors whilst displaying the varying facets of The Black Watch’s story. We are extremely grateful to the Friends for this financial support which enables us to keep producing the quality of exhibitions that you see here today.”
Since opening, the Museum has staged two exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition, The Sword and the Pencil, featured a very special selection of photographs, watercolors, and sketchbooks from the reserve collections. The current exhibition, entitled, Muskets, Khukris, and Broadswords, showcases some of the most interesting examples of firearms and bladed weapons in the Museum collection. The forthcoming exhibition, The Artist in the Archive, will be unveiled in May and will launch the Museum’s First World War Commemorations. This exhibition aims to make the Museum’s First World War archived collections accessible to a wider audience by bring the archive material to life using a series of artworks created by Glasgow based artist Robin Leishman.
To find out more about the Friends and how to join visit click here
Tour dates and times are as follow:
Wednesday 26th February 11am
Wednesday 5th March 2pm
Wednesday 12th March 11am
Wednesday 19th March 2pm
Wednesday 26th March 11am
Wednesday 2nd April 2pm
Wednesday 9th April 11am
Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer and Friends Coordinator explains, "We have been delighted at the success of this offer with many of the scheduled dates being fully booked. The high level of interest has prompted us to extend the offer until the 9th April. We hope to welcome many more visitors onto the tours and to share in the iconic story that is The Black Watch.
Bill Macpherson, one of the volunteers who are taking the guided tours explains, The Museum is so much more than just a collection of artefacts. It is the story about those who have served us through thick and thin over more than 270 years. It is a privilege to share that with more visitors whether or not they have a direct connection with the Regiment.
The regular admission to the Museum for an adult visitor is £7.50.
To make a booking, please contact:
T: 01738 638152
The Black Watch Castle and Museum is delighted to see their youngest volunteer, Mark Rimmer receive his first Saltire Award which evidences 50 hours of volunteering. Mark joined the volunteer team following the Museum redevelopment in 2013; he shares his time between two volunteer roles; Front of House and Cafe Assistant. When available, Mark also chooses to volunteer at Museum events, the most recent of which was the Burns Supper in January. Mark is now on his way to achieving his 100 hours Saltire Award.
Leanor Blackhall, Volunteer coordinator explains, Mark is an asset to our volunteer team and we are delighted to be able to acknowledge his commitment to the Castle and Museum. While we do have an internal Reward and Recognition Scheme for our volunteers it is great to be able to officially recognise Marks contribution through a National scheme such as the Saltire Awards.
Mark Rimmer says, I feel as though I am able to give back something to the service men and women who served in the Black Watch Regiment. I also feel my confidence has grown tremendously due to my volunteering role Front of House and as Cafe Assistant.
The Saltire Awards are designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations. Supported by the Scottish Government the awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements provided by local and national voluntary agencies.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities available at the Castle and Museum click here or contact the Volunteer and Friends Coordinator on 01738 638152
Jan/08 - Discounted Museum admission including tour
Throughout January and February, The Black Watch Castle and Museum will be offering half price admission including a tour given by one of their new volunteer tour guides.
Dec/19 - Artist in the Archive
In September 2013 The Black Watch Castle and Museum embarked on an exciting project to bring their First World War archive to life. The project is entitled Artist in the Archive and is supported by a grant from Museums Galleries Scotland. The project will launch the First World War centenary commemorations at the Museum with an exhibition and accompanying events.