Upcoming Events for Events https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/ Museum Explorer’s Club | The Sound of Music https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-the-sound-of-music/?date=2019-04-27 <p>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.</p> <p>£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</p> <p>Our Museum Explorer's Club take place on the last Saturday of each month. Look through our events listings to find out more.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:19:39 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-the-sound-of-music/?date=2019-04-27 Lecture | British Military Medals https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-british-military-medals/?date=2019-05-02 <p>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 consider the design and symbolism of medals, as well as their context and background.</p> <p>Fiona Connah is the Museum Assistant at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Having worked as a volunteer collections assistant for the museum since the redevelopment in 2013, Fiona became a member of staff in 2017. She has also worked at Perth Museum as part of the current collections’ review team. Fiona has a degree in Medieval History from the University of Glasgow and has recently returned there to study for an MSC in Museum Studies.</p> <p>Tickets £8 | £6 Friends \Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> <p> </p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:12:36 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-british-military-medals/?date=2019-05-02 Museum Explorer's Club | Heroic Highlanders https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-heroic-highlanders/?date=2019-05-25 <p class="Default">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.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:33:15 +0100 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-heroic-highlanders/?date=2019-05-25 Lecture | John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-john-churchill-first-duke-of-marlborough/?date=2019-05-30 <p>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 those great Captains drawing from them examples of Marlborough’s strategic, operational and tactical genius.  Charles’ visits to all four battlefields have helped him to better understand the subtleties of the ground that Marlborough was so well able to exploit.  He will touch on other related aspects of Marlborough’s style including personal example, coalition operations, logistics and sieges.  In his own words Charles says, “In the time available I can only give a flavour of this the first great Churchill, but hopefully it will be enough to encourage further reading.”</p> <p>Brigadier (Retd) Charles Grant OBE was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) in 1968.  Various appointments as a Major included Chief of Staff of a brigade in Northern Ireland where he was awarded the MBE for the latter.  He commanded the 3rd Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment and was awarded the OBE.  He was promoted to Brigadier and commanded of 51st Highland Brigade in Perth.  His last appointment in the Army was as the Director Land Warfare until June 2002 when he retired from the Army to take up the appointment of Chief Executive of the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. He retired from this post after five years in 2007 to pursue other interests.  He has had a number of books published on military history and wargaming and enjoys battlefield tours.  Brigadier Grant is a Vice President of Combat Stress (the Ex-Servicemen’s Mental Welfare Society) and a Trustee of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust. He is the historian for the 51st Highland Division website.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:54:18 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-john-churchill-first-duke-of-marlborough/?date=2019-05-30 Lecture | ‘Enlist, Bonnie Laddie!’: Songs of the Scottish Soldier Across the Centuries https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-enlist-bonnie-laddie-songs-of-the-scottish-soldier-across-the-centuries/?date=2019-06-12 <p>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.</p> <p>Dr Nicola Small is a professional historian and the Local History Officer for Perth and Kinross Council.  She has sung and performed in many shows and concerts over the years.  Syd House is a retired professional forester based in Perthshire.  He has sung and played guitar in a number of folk groups over the years.  Syd &amp; Nicola have performed together over a number of years, forming <a href="https://www.plaidsong.co.uk/about">PlaidSong</a> to showcase their shared love of history and music.’</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:59:09 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-enlist-bonnie-laddie-songs-of-the-scottish-soldier-across-the-centuries/?date=2019-06-12 Museum Explorer's Club | Codes and Communication https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-codes-and-communication/?date=2019-06-22 <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Century Gothic&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Century Gothic&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">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!  </span></span></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:39:14 +0100 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-codes-and-communication/?date=2019-06-22 Lecture | Sevastopol: Forgotten City of the First World War https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-sevastopol-forgotten-city-of-teh-first-world-war/?date=2019-06-26 <p>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.  If remembered at all, the siege of Sevastopol (1854-55) features in accounts of the Crimean War.  Yet Sevastopol also played an important role in both the First World War and the overlapping Russian Civil War.  Had it not been for the German bombardment of the port in October 1914 under an Ottoman flag, a deliberate provocation, it is doubtful whether Russia would have declared war on Turkey.  The result was the closure of the Dardanelles and the ensuing Allied Gallipoli operation to open them – resulting in a heroic but complete failure. </p> <p>German forces occupied Sevastopol in May 1918, but at the war’s end were required to withdraw under the terms of the Armistice of 11 November 1918.  British and French forces then arrived as much to prevent a Bolshevik takeover, so entering the Russian Civil War on the side of the losing White cause.  Securing the Black Sea Fleet and the associated port infrastructure was common to both the German and Entente interventions. Eventually the Bolsheviks won the war against the Whites in a final, bitterly contested, campaign on the Crimean peninsula. It ended in November 1920 with an evacuation protected by French and United States ships. By then the British government, and hence the Royal Navy, had withdrawn support to a lost cause.</p> <p>Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE retired from the Army in 2011. He is a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee, a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow of King’s College London. He is the President of the British Commission of Military History. His biography, Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General, was published to critical acclaim in 2010, and was awarded as the best military biography of the year by the United States Society for Military History in 2012. Mungo Melvin’s next major work, Sevastopol’s Wars: Crimea from Potemkin to Putin was published in early 2017.  He has also edited the British Army’s Battlefield Guide to the Western Front of the First World War.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Option 1</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:46:12 +0100 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-sevastopol-forgotten-city-of-teh-first-world-war/?date=2019-06-26 Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cost-of-unreadiness-the-black-watch-1919-1939/?date=2019-07-25 <p>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 assumption there would be no major war for ten years and it was extended annually until 1932. Equipment was not renewed and under the Geddes Axe of 1920 (named after Sir Auckland Geddes, chairman of the Committee on National Expenditure.) manpower levels were reduced to make further savings. Like the rest of the British Army, The Black Watch was not immune from any of these changes and would pay the price when it went to war again in September 1939.</p> <p>Trevor Royle is the author of several works of military history, his latest book being Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ext 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:05:00 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-cost-of-unreadiness-the-black-watch-1919-1939/?date=2019-07-25 Lecture | The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-experiences-of-black-watch-veterans-of-the-great-war/?date=2019-08-21 <p>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, who had served 1914-18.</p> <p>Dr Derek Patrick was awarded a PhD in Scottish History from the University of St Andrews in 2002. He has a longstanding interest in Scottish military history and is a founder member of the HLF-funded Great War Dundee Commemorative Project. He was one of three Scottish advisors working on the BBC’s Great War at Home initiative and has recently co-edited ‘Tayside at War’, the Abertay Historical Society’s 2018 publication. Derek has made several appearances on TV and radio and has written a number of articles in the local press covering the experiences of The Black Watch in the Great War. He is an associate member of The Black Watch Association.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences</p> <p>£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:17:35 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-experiences-of-black-watch-veterans-of-the-great-war/?date=2019-08-21