Poppy Partner, John Deuchars, talks about his experience.


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I first visited the Castle and Museum a few years ago when a friend and I came for coffee to the Copper Beech Café. I then came on my own, a few weeks later, and visited the Museum.

I found out about being a poppy volunteer while I was looking for work.  When I read the informationI became interested in becoming one.  I obtained an application form and became a Friend of the Black Watch Museum at the same time.

I do not have any connections myself to The Black Watch other than being Perth born and bred. However, I do have an interest in history both militarily and generally and being a volunteer in a museum was an opportunity not to miss.

As a fluent German speaker and a competent French speaker I enjoy taking the opportunity to practise these languages with German and French speakers when they arrive.  It also means I get to know a bit more about them.

I was doing a Poppy Partner shift at the car park when I heard the German accent.  I spoke to the couple in German.  When they came back out they asked me quite a few questions,  they perhaps felt their English was not quite good enough to ask what they wanted.  They asked a few things about Scotland’s history, about Scotland’s history, Edinburgh and places they could visit in Scotland.

John Deuchars | Poppy Partner


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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