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  • Museum Explorer’s Club | The Sound of Music

    Sat, Apr. 27, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Playing songs from home helped to raise soldier’s spirits when they were in lands far away. Let’s get our recorders out and learn how to play traditional tunes like Heilan Laddie and Highland Cradle Song. £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer's polo shirt included) or free with Museum family annual pass | Ages 7-12 | Reservation required | 01738 638152 Our Museum Explorer's Club take... Read more…
  • Lecture | British Military Medals

    Thu, May. 2, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    Many military medals have a personal and emotional significance to the people they were awarded to and to their families. Using and handling medals from the Museum collection, Fiona Connah will give a brief introduction to British Military medals, particularly those awarded to Black Watch soldiers. Beginning at the turn of the 18th century, the talk will focus on both service medals and decorations. This talk will... Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Heroic Highlanders

    Sat, May. 25, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Join us as we find out about the early days of The Black Watch. Then, let’s get creative as we make our own basket-hilted broadswords and learn the battle moves of a highlander warrior. Read more…
  • Lecture | John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough

    Thu, May. 30, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    When picking a list of the great Captains of History, John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, will surely feature in most people’s top ten.  In his talk Charles Grant will briefly cover Marlborough’s early years before concentrating on the four battles that made Marlborough famous; Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.  He will use these big battles to illustrate why he believes Marlborough should rank as one of... Read more…
  • Lecture | ‘Enlist, Bonnie Laddie!’: Songs of the Scottish Soldier Across the Centuries

    Wed, Jun. 12, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    The Scots have long soldiered for money, adventure, a just cause, or national emergency. Out of that has come a rich heritage of music and song by, about, or for soldiers.  Many of the songs have a fascinating history to them.  Through narration, music and song, PlaidSong will tell of the story behind a selection of songs from across the ages. Dr Nicola Small is a... Read more…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Codes and Communication

    Sat, Jun. 22, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Discover how The Black Watch communicated on the battle field from 1745 to the present day. Crack codes, send messages and get crafty as we create a Museum Explorer's Battle Flag!  Read more…
  • Lecture | Sevastopol: Forgotten City of the First World War

    Wed, Jun. 26, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Major General Mungo Melvin, author of Sevastopol’s Wars; Crimea from Potemkin to Putin, will reveal this largely forgotten episode of world history, which continues to have many echoes today.  The Black Sea port and naval base of Sevastopol came briefly into the international news in early 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.  The longstanding historical significance of the place, however, was rarely highlighted in this reportage. ... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939

    Thu, Jul. 25, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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    Trevor Royle will give a lecture on The Black Watch from 1919 to 1939.  As had happened throughout Britain’s history the conclusion of hostilities in November 1918 brought a rapid reduction in defence expenditure. Following the post-war election, won by the Liberals, David Lloyd George’s government introduced a Ten Year Rule to govern defence spending. Under this legislation expenditure on the armed forces was planned on the... Read more…
  • Lecture | The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War

    Wed, Aug. 21, 2019 6:30am — 8:00am

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    Dr Derek Patrick will explore the experiences of demobilised Black Watch soldiers in the years immediately after the end of the Great War.  Discussing what could be a difficult period of readjustment to civilian life, often exacerbated by disability, unemployment and accompanying financial pressures, the lecture will consider the important role of regimental and other service associations in providing support for those, and the families of those,... Read more…