A word from our volunteer of the year, Gordon Allan

Sir Alistair Irwin presenting Gordon with his Volunteer of the Year award in December 2014.

Sir Alistair Irwin presenting Gordon with his Volunteer of the Year award in December 2014.

My name is Gordon and I have been a volunteer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum since it reopened in 2013.   Prior to this I joined the Royal Navy at 15 years old and travelled the world for nine years.   I then spent 25 years in the Fire Brigade.

I began my time as a Volunteer as a Museum Greeter; that is welcoming visitors to the Castle and Museum.   Meeting people from all over the world is a great way of spending a day in a lovely environment. After several months of learning about the history of The Black Watch I became a Tour Guide and now show everyone from school children to Rotary Clubs around the Museum, as well as visitors from all corners of the world.

We have an Education Room where school and youth groups learn about The Black Watch through various workshops. We use artefacts, archive material and uniforms to engage children and young adults with the legacy of the Regiment.

There are so many opportunities in so many ways to be a volunteer and you certainly do not have to have been in the Services or indeed The Black Watch.

I regard the volunteers as a big family – we are a team and because we enjoy what we do we are a great one!

We even had a Reward and Recognition night (a bit like the Oscars but without the red carpet!).   All the volunteers got together and a great night was had by all. The night culminated in the Volunteer of the Year Award and modesty prevents me from naming the winner!

Volunteering can be suited to your availability so why don’t you come along on the 20th March and find out all about joining the team. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and I guarantee there is a place for you! Added bonus, a FREE tour of this Museum by our Volunteer of the Year. How lucky are you?!


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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2 Responses to A word from our volunteer of the year, Gordon Allan

  1. Turriff38 says:

    Congratulations to Gordon on doing a fantastic job, as Volunteer of the Year. You deserve a medal, and hopefully you are fully appreciated. Obviously, you have had a wonderful careers in the Royal Navy and Fire Sevice. Well done! Kind regards, Peter Barclay.

    • Thanks for reading Peter, we will pass on your congrats to Gordon! We can assure he is very much appreciated, along with the whole volunteer family who are so generous with their time and skills.

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