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  • There But Not There Installation

    Aug. 11 - Nov. 11, 2018 9:30am — 4:30pm

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    To conclude our centenary programme The Black Watch Castle and Museum will be hosting a There But Not There silhouette installation from 11th August until 11th November 2018. This project will be linked to the There But Not There[] national initiative to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made during the First World War. Our display will feature a 6ft outdoor Tommy sculpture with 13 silhouettes placed throughout... Read more…
  • Lecture | Formation of The Royal Air Force and its first century

    Tue, Sep. 11, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    *Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series* To mark the first 100 years of The Royal Air Force Dr. Alastair Noble of the RAF’s Air Historical Branch will talk about the transition from the Royal Flying Corps to The Royal Air Force and the first century of this new defensive force.  He will also look at how air defence has developed over the last... Read more…
  • Lecture | ‘Op SHADER’ – The Red Hackle in Iraq 2018

    Fri, Sep. 14, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland deployed on Op SHADER 6 in January 2018 as part of the UK's contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve. Given three principal tasks of defending a 4000 man coalition airbase; training the Iraqi Border Guard Force and military construction, they were also tasked on arrival with closing UK involvement in the airbase in order to realign UK... Read more…
  • Lecture | Field Marshal Douglas Haig

    Wed, Oct. 10, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The leadership of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig has long divided opinion. During the First World War he commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 to the end of the war. The Revd Dr David Coulter will explore how religion influenced the thinking of Douglas Haig who was a committed Christian. At one time Haig wrote in his diary, ‘helped by... Read more…
  • Lecture | 1918: The End Game

    Thu, Nov. 15, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    It is widely believed that in Spring 1918 the German Army came close to defeating the British Army in France and Flanders. Dr Mike Taylor will explore how the Allies recovered to find the winning formula that brought the war to an end in November and what was the price of Victory? Dr Mike Taylor is an experienced museum professional, researcher and historian of the First World War.... Read more…
  • Lecture | Base Details: Surveying the Literature of the First World War

    Wed, Dec. 5, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath, I’d live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death.      (Siegfried Sassoon, ‘Base Details’, March 1917) Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Base details’ is a short, witty poem that succinctly encapsulates the spirit of First World War poetry: it offers trenchant criticism of the conduct of the war, and exposes the generational... Read more…
  • Lecture | Mud, Blood and Bandages: The Royal Army Medical Corp on the Western Front, 1914-18

    Wed, Dec. 12, 2018 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    In this lunch time lecture historian Andy Robertshaw will look at how the medical services coped with the conditions of the Western Front and treated and evacuated the wounded. What role did women play in this process? Was it just 'luck' that kept you alive? Were there any medical advances and what is the medical legacy today of the Great War? Historian, broadcaster and educator, Andy Robertshaw can make the... Read more…
  • Lecture | In Their Own Words

    Wed, Jan. 9, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month awakens special emotions. No other day in the year is like it. Even a century on, it is marked in ever-greater solemnity with red poppies, tolling bells and somber remembrance.  One hundred years on, the men who could talk about the 1918 Armistice are gone. There are no survivors. Only the words they wrote allow... Read more…
  • Lecture | How to trace a Soldier

    Tue, Jan. 22, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    This is an introductory talk designed to help those who know little about how to trace their military ancestors and would like to find out more. It will focus upon the last 150 years but will also mention the preceding centuries and how to pursue information from those different eras. As well as highlighting major research resources it shall also share anecdotes about the rewards, perils... Read more…
  • Lecture | The First Battle of the Atlantic

    Wed, Feb. 6, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The First World War at sea lasted from the moment the first shot was fired until the last. Though a much focus was on the great battle of Jutland, more important was the struggle between German submarines and the Royal Navy over control of the Atlantic. This first Battle of the Atlantic represented the one battle that the Allies had to win if they were to triumph. It involved... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Paris Peace Conference and the Making of a New World Order

    Thu, Mar. 14, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The Paris Peace Conference came at the end of what was seen at the time as the war to end all wars. It was dictated largely by Lloyd George (UK), Clemenceau (France), Woodrow Wilson (USA) and Vittoria Orlando (Italy). Germany was not permitted to take part but was required to sign the agreement.Some of the outcomes saw the League of Nations being founded from Wilson’s Fourteen Points... Read more…