The Highlanders' Museum, Fort George

The Highlanders' Museum, Fort George
Fort George
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The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection
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The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artefacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The museum is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh.

The Highlanders are the descendants of four famous Scottish Regiments originally raised from the Clans and communities of the Highlands and Islands in the late 1700’s. The Highlanders Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, (4 SCOTS), today incorporates the world-famous names of the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons). The Museum represents all these famous Regiments except for The Gordon Highlanders who have their own museum in Aberdeen.
The museum includes items from the Lovat Scouts and Liverpool Scottish as well as our Allied Regiments from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Gurkhas.

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Opening hours

Summer (7 days) 1st April - 30th September 9.30am - 5.30pm

Winter (7 days) 1st October - 31st March 10.00am - 4.00pm

Admission charges

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Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals

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Female Fiddler

The Cranston Fiddle

  • 16 May 2015 7-9:30pm

The Cranston Fiddle is based on a true story about an ordinary family, torn apart by the First World War. Of seven brothers, four were killed in action and a fifth, Willie Cranston, returned home badly disfigured and missing some fingers. Despite his injuries, Willie continued to play and find comfort in his fiddle.
The Cranston Fiddle is a multi-media musical combining a slideshow of images and footage from the period with live violin performances. The music will consist of traditional tunes such as 'Bonnie Lass o Fyvie' and 'Mairi’s Wedding' which would have been played by Willie, around the time of the conflict. We are thrilled to announce that we'll also be showcasing some brand new compositions written especially for the show. This is a moving tribute to a man and his music and we are honoured to be able to use the original violin owned by Willie Cranston during the performance.
Prior to the show, you are invited to gather in our Officer's Mess for some nibbles and refreshments before entering the beautiful and atmospheric Chapel to enjoy the show.

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