Upcoming Events

War Come Home – Temporary Exhibition @ The Highlanders' Museum
Jul 27 2019 – Feb 1 2020 all-day

This year’s temporary exhibition, The War Come Home, briefly explores the impact of the First World War on those soldiers who had returned home with disabilities due to War injuries, sickness or wounds.

You’ll find this exhibition on the ground floor of the Museum

Gala Dinner and Auction in Association with Caley Timber and Building Supplies @ Drumossie Hotel
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

With a Local TV Celebrity auctioneer, Live music and dancing, along with some wonderful money can’t buy auction lots, arrival drinks and a fantastic 3 course meal with wine our Gala Dinner and Charity Auction on the 11th October is promising to be fantastic night.

Patersons of Beauly: Reflections on Rifles, Love, Shinty and WW1 @ The Highlanders' Museum
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come join the Highlanders’ Museum for mulled wine, mince pies and an evening guest lecture entitled “The Patersons of Beauly: reflections on rifles, romance, shinty and WW1″

One of the most fascinating stories to emerge from researches on the impact World War 1 had on shinty-playing communities is to be told in the stunning setting of Fort George Regimental Chapel.

The presentation, on Friday 13 December, will be given jointly by Dr Margaret MacKay (formerly of the School of Scottish Studies) who has a personal family connection with the renowned shinty family of Patersons from Beauly and Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan (Academy of Sport at the University of Edinburgh), who has researched the impact of WW1 on shinty-playing communities. Also taking part will be Anny Mary Paterson of Beauly, a niece of the two players who lost their lives and daughter of William Paterson, a former President of the Camanachd Association and the world-renowned piper Duncan MacGillivray of Calrossie.

Dr MacKay said: “This presentation takes us into a Highland community one hundred years ago and uses family history and lore, medals, an autograph book, sporting activities, music, and military imperatives to illuminate a remarkable story of Scotland and Canada which resonates to this day.”

The tale of the Paterson family and the set of bagpipes which was returned from the Battle of Festubert (1915) is remarkable in many respects, from the loss of two Camanachd Cup winning brothers, their heroism in battle and the subsequent emergence of a romantic story which spans the Atlantic Ocean and a century of mystery and intrigue.

The Paterson pipes which were recovered from the Festubert Battlefield were returned there in 2018 on a very special visit and will be played once again by Duncan MacGillivray in the Fort George Chapel as a tribute to all the shinty-players who lost their lives, and a very special relationship which remained unverified for 100 years.

Hugh Dan MacLennan added: “This is a very special opportunity for all of us to complete the circle in many ways, taking the pipes back to a place where a great number of shinty players had some of their last experiences on the field of play before departing for other, more brutal battles. We are grateful to the Ogilby Trust and to Fort George for making this possible and I hope that as many people as possible will avail themselves of the opportunity to attend this special occasion.”

Burns Supper at the Highlanders’ Museum @ The Highlanders' Museum
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Collections and Conflicts – Facebook Live Event
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us as we venture into the world of digital engagement! The Highlanders’ Museum is delighted to announce that our first live online event will be taking place at 2pm on the 27th of May 2021.
Hosted by author, journalist and army reservist Mike Edwards, the event will introduce you to a selection of fascinating objects as our staff and volunteers take you on a virtual wander through the museum with an A to Z of artefacts from the collection. We will also fill you in on some of the exciting projects we have been working on throughout lockdown, including our medal carousel project and our project to recreate a virtual reality World War II POW camp (in partnership with CUPIDO, HIE and The University of St. Andrews).
We also have some wonderful guest speakers lined up who will be presenting live talks with themes covering sport and war, POW escapes, and jobs on the Home Front. Keep an eye on our social media pages over the next few weeks for more information.

To join this not to be missed event please click on the link below to book your space!

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