‘To redevelop the Regimental Museum of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a premier visitor attraction within the world-class heritage site of Stirling Castle, as a lasting tribute to those who served in the Regiment and provide a focal point for activities of veterans and serving soldiers.’
£4 Million Redevelopment Project
Following Ministry of Defence cuts, the Museum needed to renew or face closure. An ambitious redevelopment project has been launched to enable the Museum to meet the expectation of today’s visitors and tell the stories of the soldiers of one of Scotland’s great Highland Regiments over the last 220 years.
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.
- An engaging interpretation which sets the Regiment’s story against the social history of Scotland, and meets the expectations of visitors, young and old from home and abroad
- Increased gallery space and improved access
- Improved opportunity for engagement with schools and community groups
- More outreach projects, such as loan displays and historical workshops, reaching right across the Regiment’s traditional recruiting grounds
- Spectacular and intimate venues for events
- Improved retail opportunities
- The highest conservation standards
- Digitised records of the collection and archives providing improved opportunities for access and research
This exciting project will transform the Regimental Museum. Its unique approach will appeal to visitors of all ages from all over the world and the new ‘Highlights Exhibition’, increased gallery space and easier access will improve the visitor experience.
The Museum will tell the story of a nation through the history of the Regiment and the accounts of the soldiers and their families, bringing the artefacts alive through the stories behind them. By looking at the conflicts of The Argylls on the global stage, as well as the impact of the Regiment on local communities, the Museum will engage visitors from far and wide. Our exhibits will focus on different themes such as sport, music and family life, as well as the military campaigns, appealing to a wide audience. There will be increased education and community engagement, both in the Museum, across Scotland and further afield through our digitisation programme.
As part of the Scottish Military Museums’ Collection, our collection of military artefacts, letters, artwork and silver and extensive archives, has recently been recognised as a ‘Nationally Significant’ collection by the Scottish Government. The redevelopment will allow greater access to the collection, through increased exhibition space and online access.
More space, more stories to tell
New galleries will include the following:
- Threshold Gallery: a ‘bridge’ between the Castle as a Royal Palace and then a military Garrison
- Highlights Exhibition: incorporating highlight exhibits from the Collection
- Regimental Associations & Affiliations: explores The Argyll’s Regimental spirit and how this extends to sister regiments and units such as The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, The Calgary Highlanders, The Royal Marines.
- The Scottish Dimension – Shaped by War: reinforces the connection between The Argylls and the local communities, exploring the links between the Regiment and the local area.
- Staying Alive: explores the dangers faced by The Argylls on and off the battlefield from wounds and disease and the changing nature of weapons and medical practice.
- Daily Life – At Home & Away: explores the life of Argyll soldiers and their families, away from the battlefield, including sport, recreation, music, religion, and Depot life in Stirling Castle.
- Battlefield Exploits – Sans Peur: highlights the warfighting exploits of The Argylls over time, with a focus on the human dimension of warfare.
- Perspectives of War: explores how our understanding of key conflicts has been influenced by culture, politics and the media and the power of imagery to shape how we see history.
- The Officers’ Mess: affords an insight to the proud and unique traditions of a Highland Regiment, with its long-standing Royal connections.
- Visible Store: offers a ‘behind the scenes’ feel.
- The Colours’ Room – Ne Obliviscaris: a space for reflection and commemoration, designed for use by education groups and events.
We need your help to fund the final stage!
Amazing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other donors has enabled the redevelopment to begin, but we still need to raise the balance of the funds to ensure that the Museum can reopen in June 2019, ready for the Summer season.