Decant Week

by Leanor Blackhall, Commercial Assistant at The Black Watch Castle & Museum

I had always thought  I was pretty much clued up on what we had on display within our collection, however the decant experience reminded me never to be certain of anything!

The map board. Notice the little wheels for rolling the next section of paper into view.

I came across a number of smaller and fascinating artefacts that I hadn’t noticed before. One of these was the a hand drawn map of a land area in France on old graph paper with a matching leather satchel. It is poignant to reflect that this was used during the First World War by a solider to navigate his way across the terrain. It is  refreshing to be reminded of our ability to find our way around the world before sat nav!

Another surprise was a collection of postcards, some of which depicted the humour of the time and some of which gave memorable images of soldiers in wartime. Reading the short letters on the back was moving and is a reminder of those affected by the separation of loved ones during the war.

I have to say, I knew that there would be a lot of work involved in packing up, moving and storing the collection but I was taken aback just how much work was put into organising the process of this. So well done to the Museum team for organising and executing the move and special thanks to all the volunteers who helped, without whose time, we would still be packing boxes!!

The map board with its leather case.


About blackwatchmuseum

The Museum of The Black Watch offers an insight into one of the British Army's if not the world's most famous fighting units. Scotland's Black Watch is an elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries.
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