Volunteer Spotlight: Andy

by Andy Macaulay, archives volunteer

I applied to volunteer at the Museum after visiting with some class mates from the History department of the University of Dundee. As part of one of our modules, focusing on the Scottish soldier in Victorian Britain, we were given a tour of the museum and I was immediately fascinated by the history of this proud Regiment.

At the end of the tour, and after having been shown some amazing archival material, it was

Andy sorts through some archival material as he helps in the process of updating the documentation of the collection.

mentioned that the Museum was keen to attract volunteers. Almost immediately I decided it was something that I’d like to do – the thought of being able to work with and handle primary source material spanning the Regiment’s long history was something that I knew I would love. I was then invited in for a chat to talk about the opportunities on offer before meeting with Richard (Archive Assistant at the Castle) to discuss the possibility of working with him and Tommy (Archivist) in the archives department.

Since then I have had the pleasure of helping Richard in the archives and have been given the opportunity to assist in a variety of interesting tasks and at the same time I have learned much about the safe storing of precious archival material and other workings within the museum. Amongst other things I have been given the chance to write about some fascinating collections for the museum’s blog, have transcribed diaries from serving WW1 soldiers and have experienced the trials and tribulations of the museum redevelopment!!

The whole thing has been great fun and I have learnt a host of valuable things from volunteering at the museum. The staff are friendly, great fun and extremely helpful. All in all it has been a great opportunity and one which I am delighted to have taken!

A page from the Netley album, one of the objects from the collection that Andy has most enjoyed working on. The album is a rare first-hand account of the Boer War from the soldiers’ points of view, all recorded at Netley Hospital during the contributors’ recovery.

Interested in volunteering at The Black Watch Castle & Museum? Check out our Volunteer Open Day, happening in January 2013: https://blackwatchmuseum.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/open-day-volunteering-at-the-castle/

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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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