Roll of Honour

292641 Pte Alexander HOSIE 7th Bn. 19/05/1917
2747 Pte John JOHNSTON 1st Bn. 19/05/1917
265475 Pte Donald KIRK 6th Bn. 19/05/1917
266654 Pte James Walter SPEEDY 6th Bn. 19/05/1917
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Roll of Honour

S/6985 Pte Andrew CLARK 8th Bn. 18/05/1917
S/11511 Pte William HOOD 1st Bn. 18/05/1917
267772 Pte John Walter REID 6th Bn. 18/05/1917
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201193 Pte Ebenezer BURGESS 4th Bn. 17/05/1917
265756 Pte David COLLINS 6th Bn. 17/05/1917
266793 Pte James CONWAY 6th Bn. 17/05/1917
7930 L Cpl William CRINEAN 9th Bn. 17/05/1917
S/17822 Pte Andrew DUNCAN 9th Bn. 17/05/1917
267750 Pte Samuel KING 6th Bn. 17/05/1917
268295 Pte James SHERRIFF 6th Bn. formerly 6609 Scot. Horse. 17/05/1917
265880 Pte Alexander THOMSON 6th Bn. 17/05/1917
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2nd Lieut Martin DUNN 5th Bn. (T.). 16/05/1917
S/16499 Pte James BROWN latterly S/41014 6th Bn. The Sea. High. 16/05/1917
265450 Pte Peter DAVIDSON 6th Bn. 16/05/1917
S/18569 Pte Henry DINGWALL latterly S/41018 6th Bn. The Seaforth Highrs. 16/05/1917
267881 Pte John GORDON 6th Bn. 16/05/1917
268366 Pte Alexander HOPKINS 6th Bn. formerly 7202, Scottish Horse. 16/05/1917
S/15818 Pte Bernard HOSIE latterly S/41032, 6th Bn. The Seaforth Highlanders. 16/05/1917
241069 Pte John LENNOX 7th Bn. 16/05/1917
S/17072 Pte Thomas OSWALD latterly S/41028 6th Bn. The Seaforth Highlanders. 16/05/1917
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Auditing The Black Watch Museum Archive for research, learning and legacy.


Heather Roberts, archive consultant during her time in The Black Watch Museum archive

I’m Heather Roberts, a professional archive consultant. This May, I had the privilege and pleasure of getting up close and personal with the archive at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. I was asked to undertake an audit of the archive to help guide the management of the collection and development of the service. Ever wonder what that entails? For a brief adventure in archiving, read on…..

The Black Watch Museum archive holds an amazing collection. Not only is the actual material so interesting (metres and metres of photographs, ledgers, letters, pictures, sketchbooks, etc.), but the story it tells is fascinating. Stories of soldiers and their journeys throughout the decades, of how battalions were managed and what their work meant. The Black Watch has a world famous reputation and its history is a compelling story to share.

However, sometimes it becomes difficult to tell that story, when the archives which contain it get a little jumbled. Over a series of rehousing projects, where the archive was either moved from one room to another or rearranged on its shelves, the collection became mixed together. So, in order to make the most of the collection as an asset, time needed to be spent with the records to figure out where things were and how best to manage them in the future.

That’s what I did for a week this May. As a part of a larger programme of development for the archives service, I spent a good few days crawling around (quite literally, there are photographs to prove this!) and looking at all the records in the archive. I noted down their catalogue numbers and any anomalies, as well as their locations in the strong room. Notes on ways to develop and improve archive service and collection management were also shared. This information then enables the heritage professionals at the museum to not only know where things are, but to make the best use of the collection as a resource for research, learning and legacy.

The archive materials are in fine condition; it’s a jewel in the museum’s collection. I can’t wait to see what changes will be made to better preserve and utilise this wonderful cornucopia of military and Scottish heritage.

What do you think of the archive? Have you used it before?
#BWMArchive #Visitbwmuseum

Heather Roberts is currently archivist for The Royal Northern College of Music and owner of HerArchivist: Archive and Heritage Consultancy.

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Roll of Honour

S/18221 Pte John FENTON latterly S/41016 6th Bn. The Seaforth Highlanders. 14/05/1917
1781 Pte Allan GIBBON latterly 23313 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). 14/05/1917
201084 Pte Alexander TAYLOR 4/5th Bn. 14/05/1917
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Roll of Honour

2062 Cpl Edward McWALTER 10th Bn. 13/05/1917
291606 Pte William YOUNG 7th Bn. 13/05/1917
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