Upcoming Events for Events https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/ Museum Explorer’s Club | Medical Emergency https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-medical-emergency/?date=2019-02-23 <p>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.</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> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Century Gothic&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"> </span></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:13:46 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-medical-emergency/?date=2019-02-23 Lecture | The Paris Peace Conference and the Making of a New World Order https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-paris-peace-conference-and-the-making-of-a-new-world-order/?date=2019-03-14 <p>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 focusing largely on self-determination for nation states. Germany lost 13% of her territory, with the Rhineland being demilitarised and coal from the Saar region exported to France. Payment of reparations by Germany, as compensation for damage, was fixed at £6.6 billion. This shocked and angered the German people who felt that they had been stabbed in the back.  They rounded on the politicians of the Weimar Republic leading to a rise in fascism which eventually saw Hitler’s Nazi Party come to power in Germany and Mussolini’s Fascist party in Italy. </p> <p>Professor Peter Jackson holds the Chair of Global Security at the University of Glasgow. A graduate of Carleton University, Ottowa, of the University of Calgary and of Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Aberystwyth and Strathclyde. In 2012 - 13 he was visiting professor at Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security, he has written numerous books and articles, his most recent book being, ‘Beyond the Balance of Power: France and the politics of National Security in the era of WW1’.</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, 14 Aug 2018 11:50:33 +0100 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-paris-peace-conference-and-the-making-of-a-new-world-order/?date=2019-03-14 Lecture | Great Escapes: MI9 and Second World War Escapes https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-great-escapes-mi9-and-second-world-war-escapes/?date=2019-03-28 <p>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 the escape and evasion of Allied PoW’s from occupied Europe.  While still operating within the remit of the Geneva Convention, MI9 successfully smuggled in contraband and intelligence to the PoW camps to help assist with breakout and then return of captured Allied PoW’s.  Finally, they interrogated all escapees on their return to the UK to gather both escape and military intelligence for wider distribution, thus helping to contribute to the Allied intelligence war effort.  MI9, and the role they played during WW2 has been largely marginalised since the end of the war with their files classified and little published as a consequence.  However, since the relatively recent declassification of its files, there is a growing interest in its work and its role in WW2 prisoner-of-war escapes.</p> <p> David Robertson is a PhD student in the Michael Howard War Studies department at Kings College, London. He was born and raised in Perth, before going on to study Modern History at Glasgow University. After graduation he moved to London, where he continued his studies for a Master’s Degree in Contemporary History and Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.  Upon its completion he moved to Kings College, London to start his PhD in 2016.  David first started studying MI9 for his Master’s thesis, which looked at the role of MI9 in Second World War  prisoner-of-war escapes. Limiting his study to just Allied escaping officers, David successfully proved the link between MI9 and the majority of successfully completed escapes, including The Great Escape, Colditz and the Wooden Horse, successfully debunking a number of escape myths along the way.</p> <p>£8 non-members | £6 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:49:20 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-great-escapes-mi9-and-second-world-war-escapes/?date=2019-03-28 Museum Explorer’s Club | Tastes from the Trenches https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-tastes-from-the-trenches/?date=2019-03-30 <p>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.</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> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:17:24 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/museum-explorers-club-tastes-from-the-trenches/?date=2019-03-30 Fundraising Dinner at the Castle https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/fundraising-dinner-at-the-castle/?date=2019-03-30 <p>Join us at the historic Balhousie Castle for an evening of fine dining and classical music performed by <strong>Kingdom String Quartet</strong>.<br>All profits raised from this evening with be used to support our charitable aims.</p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><strong>Fundraising Dinner Menu</strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;">Amuse Bouche</p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><strong>Starters</strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;">Ham, chicken, wild mushroom terrine, spring vegetable piccalilli, sourdough<br>Artichoke, orange and Scottish feta salad, kalamata olives and ciabatta crisp <strong>(v)</strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><strong>Main<br><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><br></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong>Rump of spring lamb, fondant potato, minted peas, baby carrots, jus<br>Pappardelle pasta, spring greens, pine nuts, wild garlic and white wine sauce, shaved vegetarian hard cheese (v)</p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><strong>Dessert</strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;">Scottish cheese plate | St Andrews farmhouse cheddar, Arran blue, chutney, oatcakes<br>Dark chocolate mousse, salted peanut brittle (v)</p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><strong>Coffee</strong></p> <p align="center" style="text-align: left;">Petit fours</p> <p style="text-align: left;">£49.50 per person | Arrival drinks 7.00pm | Dinner served 7.30pm | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 202</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:03:54 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/fundraising-dinner-at-the-castle/?date=2019-03-30 Lecture | The Military History of Food https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-military-history-of-food/?date=2019-04-17 <p>Professor Niall Barr will examine the role and importance of food throughout military history. In so doing, the presentation will explore the fundamental connection between food and war - which is often overlooked or taken for granted. Professor Barr will examine the different influences in the way that our food has shaped warfare throughout history from the problems of supply, and living off the land, to what has sustained soldiers over the centuries. The presentation will also consider the role of drink, particularly alcohol, in war as well as the grim story of the use of hunger as a weapon of war.</p> <p>Professor Niall Barr is Professor of Military History in the Defence Studies Department. Educated at the University of St Andrews, he has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He joined the Staff College in 2000, where he teaches on a wide range of military courses, including the Higher Command and Staff Course, and conducts numerous battlefield tours and staff rides.  His main research interest concerns the Anglo-American alliance in the Second World War, but he also has an enduring interest in the Scottish military tradition. His current research project concerns the role and importance of food in war.</p> <p>6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences<br>Tickets £10 | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:07:08 +0000 https://www.theblackwatch.co.uk/index.php/castle-and-museum/events/lecture-the-military-history-of-food/?date=2019-04-17 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 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 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