What's On at the Museum in 2017?!
The Gordon Highlanders Museum has a full programme of events throughout the year, and there is always something for everyone!
2017 is an extremely exciting year for the Museum, not least because the Museum will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on the 7th April.
We are looking forward to many events to celebrate this most auspicious of anniversaries, throughout the year, but we will be launching the anniversary celebrations on Saturday 8th April with a Free Entry Day to the Museum along with loads of things to see and do.
But it doesn’t stop there! Our brand new exhibitions for 2017 are ‘Citizen Soldiers: Volunteers of the North East’ and ‘Snaffles: Making his mark on the Gordon’s’.
Britain has not always had a regular professional army. Cities and towns were responsible for their own defence and every man was expected to be able to use a weapon and to turn out when his community was threatened. These very first Citizen Soldiers were not paid and Aberdeen and the North East was no exception.
Charlie Johnson Payne (1884 – 1967) aka Snaffles. Snaffles’ art is distinctive, combining wit, warm-heartedness and attention to detail. In his day he was well-known for his prints, mainly of equestrian or military scenes. He was friends with several Gordon’s officers and produced many works of art for The Regiment and for the men who served in it.
These exhibitions will be on display from Tuesday 31st January through to, and including, Saturday 25th November.
Saturday 29th July sees an extremely special event in the life of the Gordon Highlanders. A large parade in Buckie, Aberdeenshire is to be held, commemorating the 19 Gordon Highlander recipients of the Victoria Cross, won during their 200 years of service to the British Army.
Other notable events for 2017 include a talk and valuation day from Bonham’s, the Auctioneers, in March, Kids Easter and summer activities, our incredible Festival of Museums event “Circa” in May and our very own spooky ‘Night at the Museum’ in October coinciding with Halloween.
Along with the firm favourites of Pumpkin Carving (October) and the Christmas Fayre and Santa’s Grotto (December) with our Volunteer Recruitment Days and many talks throughout the year, 2017 is going to be a bumper year and we hope you will be able to join us to celebrate and enjoy it with us.
Keep checking back here to see new events added to the programme.