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Schools Sessions at The Gordon Highlanders Museum

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If you are thinking of planning a school trip for your students, consider a visit to The Gordon Highlanders Museum.

Our museum based sessions are designed to be extremely hands-on and can aid students in their understanding of life during wartime, as well as providing them with insight into the experiences of military personnel. During our sessions students watch and listen to a short introductory film, are supported in writing and drawing in their own work booklets, visit interesting exhibits, and are able to touch or try on items from our handling collection. 

Our education room has recently been upgraded and now houses a fully integrated presentation screen and audio system. This room also includes hands-on features such as a periscope with imagery, a Morse code signal lamp, a wall adapted to look like the inside of a First World War trench and dugout, original uniforms for students to try on, a scale miniature of a trench system and so much more!

Your stay can be extended either by selecting extra time in the museum, or back at school simply by downloading our Free museum App to your tablets or smartphones. Snack and lunch breaks can be included upon request.

Our sessions are also very affordable, we charge a flat rate fee of £50 per class and based on your school’s proximity to the museum, we may be able to offer a travel grant. Our grants range in value up to a maximum of £200 and may be put towards helping your school cover the cost of transport to and from the museum. These grants have become possible following recent funding from The Friends of The Gordon Highlanders Museum, registered charity number SC031352.

If you are interested in the prospect of visiting the museum, or would like to find out more, please contact the Learning Manager, Alice Walton via email:, or via phone: 01224498926. 



Our Education Room

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Why not hire our award winning gardens during the summer for a private or corporate barbecue?

Please contact our Hospitality Manager, James Kennedy for further details

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The Gordon Highlanders Museum currently has no vacancies available.

Opening Times

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Museum Opening Hours 2016

Tuesday 3rd February - Saturday 26th November inc.

Monday............................. CLOSED

The Museum and Tea Room will be open Monday 26th September 10.00am - 4.30pm

Tuesday.............................10:00am - 4:30pm

Wednesday........................10:00am - 4:30pm

Thursday............................10:00am - 4:30pm

Friday.................................10:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday.............................10:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday ..............................CLOSED

Tea Room and Gardens - Admission free.


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Guided Tours

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Fancy a guided tour of our Museum and collections? Need assistance? Please don’t hesitate to ask at reception, or call 01224 311200 to pre-book.

During your visit, our trained volunteer guides are always on-hand to answer your questions about The Gordon Highlanders.

If you are interested in a particular period in history and wish to learn more, please ask for one of our tour guides.

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The Gordon Highlanders Museum is an independent, self-financed, museum governed by a charitable trust. If you would like to contribute to the preservation of this important collection and help us to maintain and develop our education and research services please make a donation - your support is greatly appreciated.

To assist us in benefiting from the Government's tax relief scheme please complete a gift aid form (see below).

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A Unique Environment for Entertaining

As the only 5 star visitor attraction in the city, The Gordon Highlanders Museum offers a unique, historic and beautiful setting for entertaining, fine dining and conferences.

Where else can you dine amongst regimental treasures, wander through 200 years of history and be treated with the highest level of customer service?

Whether you are entertaining clients, hosting a re-union or party, or holding a celebratory dinner or reception, the Gordon Highlanders Museum offers:

  • a truly exclusive environment for you and your guests
  • the finest Scottish cuisine, served with fine wines
  • Officers’ Mess service with regimental dress
  • corporate and private dining, with packages tailored to your needs

Please click on the short film below to see what we can offer.

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Private Dining  for Family Occasions 
Why not celebrate that special anniversary, birthday or engagement with a formal sit-down dinner?

Our main function suite, the Sir Jack Hayward Room features a dramatic arched window and a stunning collection of oil paintings, regimental silver and historic treasures, spanning over 200 years.

Our private dining package for families includes:

  •     Museum hire
  •     Sparkling wine or Sherry reception
  •     Tour of the Museum exhibition
  •     Traditional three course meal
  •     Wine (1⁄2 bottle house wine per person)
  •     Regimental silver displays
  •     Personalised menus and place names
  •     Coffee & mints
  •     Dram of Gordon Highlanders whisky

The Sir Jack Hayward Room can accommodate a minimum of 20 and maximum of 60 guests.

These vary dependent upon the type and numbers for your event. Please contact us for a more detailed quote.

All prices are subject to VAT.

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Wine and dine your clients or guests in the splendour of our Sir Jack Hayward Room, or in the intimacy of the Lakin Room.

Why not take a look at a selection of our special dinner packages on offer named after some of The Gordons’ most celebrated campaigns?  

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By clicking on the pay now button you will be redirected to Paypal in order to pay for your research enquiry. You do not have to have a paypal account in order to do this and rest assured that your details are safe and secure. 

Please note it is essential that you quote your research enquiry reference number in the "note to seller" or "add special instructions to seller" box in paypal when paying so we can release your information to you as quickly as possible and it is also necessary in order to match your fee to the correct enquiry.

Thank you.

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In order for the Volunteer Research Team to assist you, you should provide as much information about the subject of your enquiry. Where possible and as a minimum please give the soldiers full name, date of birth and approximate period of service and if possible his army number. Any other additional information beyond this you can provide will make it more likely that we can respond positively.

With respect to enquiries concerning other aspects of Regimental history, i.e. other than soldiers who served, please supply as much detail as possible, together with a contact e-mail address so we can contact you for additional information, if required.

Please note that although the Museum has a research library it does not hold service records for those who served with the Regiment. If you require these, it is therefore recommended that the following courses of action are taken before submitting an enquiry:

1) If you know the soldier concerned was killed in action contact the Commonwealth Graves Commission

2) If you know the soldier survived then you may consider contacting one of the following sources:

a) Soldiers who served prior to 1921:

The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Tel: 02088 763444

b) Soldiers who served from 1921 - 1994

Army Personnel Centre
Historic Disclosures
400 Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
G2 8EX.

Tel: 08456 009663

Please note these records may take up to 12 months to receive.

Please be aware that due to the volume of research enquiries it may take up to 10 weeks for your enquiry to be processed. We do aim to answer your enquiries as expeditiously as possible with the resources available to us at the time of your enquiry. In the event that we are unable to provide you with any information then if you have not been contacted within 10 weeks of submitting your enquiry, you can assume that we are unable to assist in this particular instance.

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Surrounded amidst history, romance and nostalgia, The Gordon Highlanders Museum offers tailor made weddings in a unique, exclusive and alluringly beautiful setting.

The treasures of this highly respected regiment are housed within the walls of a nineteenth century house which became the fitting home of Aberdeen’s greatest artist Sir George Reid. Sir George Reid renamed the building St Luke’s after the Patron Saint of Art. The unusual but elegant architecture of St Luke’s and the traditions and stories of the Gordon Highlanders, culminates in a stunning and memorable venue for your wedding.

Museum Staff

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