Category Archives: Artefacts and collections

Telling the story of Lance Corporal Morrison

When it comes to curating exhibitions we traditionally try to take a step back. Curators aim to describe a setting, tell a story using interesting and enlightening objects and ultimately remain objective. This always fails, of course. In every word … Continue reading

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The history of the T.O.S

To celebrate #NationalHatDay our archivist, Richard McKenzie talks to us shares with us the story of the T.O.S……. In military terms, the ToS (not to be confused with the TOS-1 which is a Russian rocket launcher) or Tam o’ Shanter, … Continue reading

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My Son Tom

‘My Son Tom’ whose title is inspired by that magnificently poignant poem by Rudyard Kipling ‘My Boy Jack’ all about his son, John Kipling, who was killed on the Western Front in 1915. With the talk, Richard McKenzie, will be … Continue reading

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Entitled Sketches: Memorised from Recollections of the Great War 1914-1918

As the First World War commemorations continue it seems that every week a new photograph or print surfaces from a dusty suitcase in a cluttered attic which originally belonged to grandad. Each one of these new discoveries helps us all … Continue reading

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Donald the Deer – Regimental Mascot

In celebration of #ArchiveAnimals we share with you a story from the depth of our archive. The story of Donald the Deer….. Donald the deer was with the Depot which awaited the Regiment when it went into Edinburgh Castle in … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Military Archivist: Or Why I have Learnt to Fear the Campbell’s

As the archivist for a military museum it is a truism that one quickly comes to dread certain surnames, loaded as they are with the baggage of failed searches. For the Black Watch it is the surname Campbell, or McLeod, … Continue reading

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Innovation in the Archive #ExploreArchives

The Black Watch Museum archive holds a considerable quantity of primary source material relating to the Battle of Loos, 24th September 1915. This event has significant resonance to both the regiment and the region, in particular to the City of … Continue reading

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