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.
Special features this year include the 'Y' Service stations of Beaumanor and Forest Moor and the decryption at Bletchley Park. We are also commemorating the major battles and events of 1916:- Verdun, the Somme, Jutland and the sinking of HMS Hampshire, with the loss of Lord Kitchener.
We would welcome new Museum Guides. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us using this link.
Poppies: Weeping Window
Poppies: Weeping Window is now in place at The Black Watch Castle and Museum, Balhousie Castle, Perth and will remain there until 25 September.
The Black Watch was, of course, Fife's local infantry regiment, as well as that of Dundee, Angus and Perthshire. Throughout WW1 it saw extensive action in France and Belgium, as well as in Salonika, Mesopotamia and Palestine. Its various battalions saw service from the first battles of the Aisne and the Marne through to 'the advance to victory' in 1918. By the end of the War, nearly 9,000 men of the regiment had been killed and almost 20,000 wounded.
A number of activities related to the display are taking place at the same time. For details see www.theblackwatch.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Another group of Scouts was welcomed to the Museum on the evening of Thursday 26 May. 24 young people and their leaders from the 11th Fife (Burntisland) Scouts, who are working towards their Communicator Badge, came along to learn how communications technology has developed and advanced over the years. After a demonstration talk/slide show, they spent time discovering and trying out old methods of communication: from speaking tubes to semaphore flags and Morse keys.
Forthcoming Evening Lectures:
Our Lectures are becoming increasingly popular, seats are limited and pre-booking is essential. Bookings are allocated on a 'First come, first served' basis. To book a seat, please e-mail Dorothy at email@example.com or tel. 01506 823424
They follow a well-established format: people start to arrive about half an hour beforehand, have a coffee/chat and perhaps look round the exhibition and stores. Lectures start at 7.30 prompt, end with a short Q+A session and more light refreshments.
Wednesday 28 September at 7.30 pm
Joint Lecture with Lothians Radio Society
The Admiralty Research Station at Hawkcraig Point, Aberdour in WWI
Admission: Members £4 (Non-Members £5)
Tuesday 18 October at 7.30 pm
The Herschel Family
Admission: Members £4 (Non-Members £5)
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David Brown congratulates Roy Johnstone on his fascinating talk featuring Women Delivery Pilots of WW2. This was the highly-acclaimed amateur historian's third visit - and he'll be back!
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)