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  • World War One Replica Trench

    Sat, Jan. 19, 2019 11:00am — 3:00pm

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    Explore our First World War replica trench and learn about the day to day life of a soldier living on the front line. * * 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…
  • Museum Explorer's Club | Roads and bridges

    Sat, Jan. 26, 2019 1:30pm — 4:00pm

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    Explore the early history of The Black Watch as we discover how General George Wade opened up the Highlands with his famous network of roads.  Follow in Wade’s footsteps as we have a go at making our own bridges and roads to cross some tricky terrain. £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer’s polo shirt included) or free with Museum family annual pass| Ages 7-12 |... 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…
  • Museum Explorer’s Club | Medical Emergency

    Sat, Feb. 23, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Discover the day to day life of an army medic and learn how to care for your comrades. Explore the army medic’s first aid bag and get hands on with wound care and bandages whilst investigating how to treat the injuries of battle. £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer's polo shirt included) or free with Museum family annual pass | Ages 7-12 | Reservation... 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…
  • Lecture | Great Escapes: MI9 and Second World War Escapes

    Thu, Mar. 28, 2019 1:30pm — 2:30pm

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    David Robertson will tell us of the little known world on MI9 during WW2.  While many WW2 prisoner-of-war (PoW) escapes are well known, even famous, thanks in part to the success of books and films on the subject, little is known about the aids and assistance PoW’s were receiving from MI9, based in the UK.  MI9 was a branch of WW2 military intelligence responsible for assisting... Read more…
  • Museum Explorer’s Club | Tastes from the Trenches

    Sat, Mar. 30, 2019 1:30pm — 3:30pm

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    Explore the culinary delights, past and present, of a front line soldier. See how rations from years ago compare with those eaten by soldiers today and try some for yourself. We will then use our baking skills to make our very own trench cake to take home. £5 per child (drink, snack and Museum Explorer's polo shirt included) or free with Museum family annual pass |... Read more…
  • 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 | 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…
  • 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…