Quick march to the future Museum!

It’s all change at The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum as we have temporarily closed to start work on an exciting £4M redevelopment.

Please Help

This ambitious project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we have secured substantial funding from other supporters.

The pressure is on to raise the remaining funds to ensure the new Museum opens in June 2019 as a premier visitor attraction and a lasting tribute to those who served in the Regiment.

Will you support the Thin Red Line Appeal ?

The Story So Far

Under threat of closure following funding cuts, the Museum is embarking on a £4M renewal project. The project will ensure the Museum is sustainable for the future and meets the expectation of today’s visitors.

Uniquely among military museums, we are setting our story against the social history of Scotland, covering such aspects as the Highland Clearances, shipbuilding and the industrialisation of the Central Belt of Scotland. The Museum will continue to provide a focal point for activities of veterans and serving soldiers.

Major Redevelopment

Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other donors has enabled us to start work on this major redevelopment project, but we still need your help to raise the remaining funds and ensure we can welcome you to our new Museum in June 2019.

We want you to be part of this exciting journey so will keep you up to date here with news as the work progresses. We will also regularly be updating our Facebook and Twitter with images of how the work is progressing, so check there for the latest pictures.

October 2018: Your chance to own a piece of history!

Have you ever wanted a swinging six sporran, a Regimental drum or a military print? If so, this could be your lucky day! The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust and Regimental Trusts are holding an auction of surplus items.

The auction will take place on Friday 26 October at 1815 hrs at Stirling Castle.

PLEASE NOTE AMENDMENT TO CATALOGUE: Item #81 Dinner Menu Signed by Victoria Cross Recipients has been withdrawn.

For further information, please click on the items below:

Letter from Brigadier Bruce Russell








September 2018: Peeling back the years

The King’s Old Building

The King’s Old Building has seen many changes over the last 500 years and has now started its latest transformation as work progresses with the dismantling of galleries, making way for additional storage, and in preparation for buildings works. Clearing the Shop and 91/93 Gallery has allowed us to open up windows previously covered over to protect our objects, and expose parts of the King’s Old Building long since forgotten.

The building, which dates from c1496, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and an A-listed building, and has been altered on a regular basis over the centuries. Much has been changed but a surprising amount has survived from the earliest period. In our new displays we aim to piece together the building’s story in a meaningful way for visitors.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders connection with Stirling Castle dates back to 1794 when the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders were raised there. Stirling Castle was the Regimental Depot between 1873-1964, and remains the Regimental spiritual home. Since the 1980s the Museum has been housed in the King’s Old Building.

The new galleries provide the opportunity to incorporate the story of the Castle from a Stuart palace, to a Regimental depot to its current state. It is still possible to interpret many of the original features and understand how the building evolved from being a Royal residence. The King’s Old Building’s roof is considered original and project-related investigations have exposed the original floor levels, doors and windows. One of the main drivers for the project is the opening of the ground floor space to the public. This is where the majority of the historic fabric remains and will enable the visitor to follow the development of the Castle through its many phases of occupation.

Further trust funding success.

We are delighted to announce continuing success on the funding front this month. Particular thanks go to the Swire Charitable Trust for a further donation of £10,000 and the 51st Highland Division and Ross Bequest Trust. We would also like to thank Museums Galleries Scotland for their ongoing support.

Through their Skills for Success programme we are delighted to welcome Craig to the team, who joins us on a year’s learning placement.

Progress continues but we are still working hard to reach our target.





August 2018: The decant begins

The Collections Team of Rod MacKenzie and Alli Spark have been very busy since the second floor of the Museum was closed off to the public.

The WW2, Modern and Colours Room displays have now been removed, and the objects are heading off into storage while building work takes place. Some of our objects and pieces of artwork are also off to the conservators for some vital conservation work.

Due to their fragile nature, removing the Regimental Colours was one of the biggest challenges facing the Collections Team on this floor.

On the road

Although the Museum is closing for the redevelopment, our outreach programme will continue and items from the collection will be on display in other locations.

Rod has been involved in ‘My Boy Jack’, the latest installation at the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie which opens on Saturday 18th August at 2pm and runs to 20th September. This powerful and moving exhibition marks the conclusion of the centenary commemorations of The First World War and features various items from our collection.


July 2018: We're off!

 #HLFsupported We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded £973,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund thanks to money raised by #nationallottery players. 

Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:  “This award marks a key change for The Argyll & Sutherland Museum. It will be transformed from a traditional military museum to one which engages visitors in a modern and exciting way as they learn about life as a soldier over the past 200 years.

“Thanks to players of the National Lottery, current cramped conditions will be replaced with bright, contemporary displays. Better access will allow many more people to visit ensuring a brighter future for The Argyll and Sutherland Museum and its important collections.”

There is a huge amount of work to be done before the building work can commence – letting contracts, decanting the Collection and raising the remaining funds. The Museum will be closing  to the public on 31 August 2018 to enable the decant to start. We expect to reopen at the end of June 2019.

Read our Press Release 

This morning we visited Helensburgh for the opening of our WWI exhibition in partnership with Helensburgh Heritage Trust. It features objects from the Museum collection and contributions from the local community to highlight the impact of the war on the Helensburgh community.

The exhibition will be on display in the public space of the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre until the end of February 2019.
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A lot has changed in Stirling Castle since the Argyllshire Highlanders first arrived in 1794, so we've delved into our photo collection to bring you a series of images of the Argylls and Stirling Castle: #ThenandNow over the next few weeks.

Here's the Main Gate in 1903, and in 2018:
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Thanks to all in the West Calder Public Band for a fantatstic evening of music and memories - all to raise funds for the Thin Red Line Appeal to redevelop The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. Thanks to our own Pat Ponsonby for carrying the Colours.What a fantastic night last night was. The band had a brilliant time performing to such a receptive audience!
Congratulations to all our soloist from last night , especially Rory Murray on his first debut with the band!!
Thanks also go to our regular supporters from The British Legion:
Stephen Elliot for the excellent compare from last night.
Tony Hooman and his team for stunning Colour presentations.
Karen Elliot and team for the fantastic teas, coffee and cakes!!
Thanks also to guest conductor Lindsay McGregor for all his help too!!

Congratulations to our trophy winners!

Derek Burns - Presidents Trophy
Ben Farran - Director Of Musics Trophy
Maria Brett - Band Player of the Year!

All well deserving winners that do an abundance of work for the band.

Also a huge thank you to all our guests last night!!
Euan Evan Roberts Lindsay Mcgregor, Jolene Forrest, Davie Black, Jim Ballantyne, Neill McDonald , David McAuley, Colin Bache , Graeme Goldie , Harvey McGregor, Colin Dickson.

See You All at he next one!!
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Check out these forthcoming events. Have a great evening out and raise funds for the Appeal.

October 2018: Balaklava Concert: West Calder Public Band are holding a charity concert in aid of the Thin Red Line Appeal at West Kirk of Calder Church, West End, West Calder. For further information and tickets please contact Victoria Robb on 0782 499559 or at secretarywestcalderband@gmail.com

26 October 2018: Auction in the Museum: Evening auction of Argyll memorabilia to raise funds for the Thin Red Line Appeal. Further details, including timings and viewing dates, will follow.

16 March 2019: Sounds from Stirling Castle: A charity military concert held in the Great Hall, and hosted by Alasdair Hutton, the renowned voice of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. All profits will go towards The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Thin Red Line Appeal and veterans’ charity Erskine. Further details will follow.
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