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The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

As some of you will know during 2021 & 2022, I have been hosting a range of webinars on behalf of Lanarkshire Family History Society & on seeing that the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum housed within the grounds of Stirling Castle had just opened following a £4 Million refurbishment I thought it would be nice to have them along for one of Lanarkshire’s Monthly Events to chat about their transformation project & amazing collection.

If you missed out on their presentation you can still catch it on YouTube

It had been sometime since I last visited the Museum & on hearing of their recent transformation, I just had to pay them a visit to check out the amazing new refurbishment.

The Museum holds a wealth of military artefacts & brings to life the rich heritage of one of Scotland’s Greatest Regiments.

My immediate impression was that the new layout flowed much better than the old one & although there are lot of new interactive displays & display boards to be seen the building & rooms have still not lost their original charm.

The museum is set over various levels which take you through the Regiments history from its early beginnings right up to the present day.

With thousands of objects & artefacts on view the visitor can learn a lot about the life of the soldiers & the battles they took part in.

The amount of information on offer is amazing with something to interest those of all ages, there are even activities to inspire the children too.

The museum also offers tailored hands-on workshops for Groups or Schools & should you wish to explore the museum with members of the the museum team to learn about the Regiment history during a particular period e.g., World War 1 or World War 2 for a project or to just to gain a bit more knowledge on a subject then this can be prearranged too.

If a group are unable to visit the museum, then handling boxes can be borrowed for free, these give groups the chance to not only learn more about the history of the Argylls but to get hands on with some of the objects relevant to that time period. Boxes include Victorian Soldier, World War 1, World War 2 on the Front & World War 2 Home Front.

Did you know that the Museum is also open to hire! How amazing would it be to rent the space for your event or meeting?

As with most museums they also welcome object donations in relation to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, although it is worth remembering that they have limited space so I would advise you get in touch with them beforehand to discuss.

Entry to the Museum is Free with the cost of your Stirling Castle ticket, however it is worth mentioning that the Museum do rely on donations which are most welcome.

Another way of helping this amazing museum to continue what they do is to become a ‘Museum Guardian’, by supporting the museum on an annual membership basis you are invited to events, historical lectures & talks, get free admission to Stirling Castle & the Museum & the chance to be involved in the research & conservation programs undertaken by the museum. You also obtain a regular newsletter & updates.

If you have some spare time on your hands then you might want to think about volunteering for the Museum by either assisting in the Museum itself, getting out amongst the public to tell the story of the Argylls or by fundraising. What better way to share your passion & with tailored work experience programs on offer too there is something for everyone.

Did you know that there is also an Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association?

There are a variety of branches in Scotland & you can find out more on their website.

I would also highly recommend their Blog which has lots of interesting Articles on the Regiment History, how to research those who served & highlights items from their collection.

If family history is your thing & you had an Ancestor or Relative who served with the Argylls then the Museum offer a research service. Their archive holds a wealth of documents, books & photographs relating to the history & men of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders, 93rd Sutherland Highlanders & the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. It includes nominal rolls, personal diaries, enlistment books & letters, Battalion histories, magazines & war diaries. You can find out what is available & details of the donation/fee for this research via their website.

The Museum also run regular events so keep an eye on the website for details.

No visit to a museum would be complete without a visit to the gift shop & there was a lot on offer from tartan & Military items & books, stationery & kids pocket money toys.

I took some images whilst there, why not check out my slideshow to see some of the amazing artefacts they hold.

However, I must stress that seeing some of these interesting artefacts is much better in person, you won’t be disappointed!!


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