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Our 2016 exhibition 'Wartime Advances, Peacetime Applications' is now open and will continue until the end of September on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.00 am to 4 pm.

Our special features this year are the 'Y' Service stations of Beaumanor and Forest Moor and the decryption at Bletchley Park. We are also continuing our commemorations of the First World War by marking Verdun, the Somme and Jutland.

We would welcome new Museum Guides. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us using this link.

Be Prepared!

When we were asked recently if we could host a group of about 30 scouts and their leaders from Edinburgh, we were delighted - but then started to worry how to hold the attention of these 10 - 14 year olds, with not a mobile phone or computer in sight! 

We solved the problem by rigging up a mock TV studio, involving the boys as interviewer, interviewee and controller. The whole group took turns on this and the 'programme' was relayed on the big screen upstairs, where the rest of the Troop took notes and prepared for their turn. The results were astonishing! We were amazed at the sophisticated knowledge, understanding and wit of these young people. Their comments included references to both current Scottish and American politics - perhaps areas too sensitive to be discussed here! 

We are soon to host another group of scouts - this time, the guys are working towards their Communications badge - so we look forward to helping and encouraging them! 

MSP Visit

At the end of March, we had a visit from Claire Baker MSP, Labour Regional Member for mid-Scotland & Fife. Claire, who lives locally, thoroughly enjoyed her visit! She was accompanied by Steve Scott of Museums Galleries Scotland.

L-R: Marion McLean (MoC Secretary); Prof. Tom Stevenson (MoC Chairman); Dorothy Brankin (MoC Event Organiser); Claire Baker MSP; Steve Scott (Museums Galleries Scotland); Andrew Starling (MoC Treasurer)

Doves of Peace

A pair of collared doves which have nested in among the weeping window poppy display at St Magnus Cathedral have been attracting the crowds themselves. The doves have set up home in the display itself and have built a nest - much to the delight of folk coming to see the display. But there's now some concern that the birds won't be able to hatch their chicks before the display has to be dismantled on June 12th.

Poppies: The Weeping Window, St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney

This is from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper.

The installation was originally at the Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and colonial forces of the First World War.

You may be aware that St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney is the first venue in Scotland to host this display which will remain in place until 12 June to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.  Prince Philip with Princess Anne and her husband will take part in the official centenary service on 31 May and Anne is returning on 5th June for another service at Marwick Head in Birsay to mark the centenary of the loss of HMS Hampshire with Lord Kitchener on 5 June 1916.

It is a lovely display in a superb setting.  The support scaffolding has been painted to match the red sandstone of the cathedral wall.  They have used one of the small windows high on the west gable from which the poppies cascade down and spread out northwards towards the cemetery gate over quite a large area.  







Evening Lectures:

Tuesday 21 June at 7.30 pm prompt
The Women Delivery Pilots of WW2
Roy Johnstone

Tuesday 12 July
Thanks to the Imperial War Museum, we are presenting the WW1 film Battle of the Somme.

Battle of the Somme was a pioneering battlefield documentary that was seen by huge audiences in the UK when it was released in August 1916, barely a month after the events it depicted. Cinema-goers hailed it as an opportunity to see the reality of the Western Front for the first time, and to share the experiences of the soldiers who were fighting there.

Final details to follow.

Goudie Lectures are very popular and pre-booking is essential and as always, will be treated on a 'First come, first served' basis.

To book a seat, please e-mail Dorothy at or tel. 01506 823424. Admission: £4 (members) and £5 (non-members).


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