30 June 2021
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle has reopened its doors to the public today (30 June 2021), after being officially opened by the Queen.
For the first time in almost three years, staff have opened the doors allowing a look at the new-look museum.
Home to a wealth of military treasures and artefacts, the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle brings the rich culture and heritage of this Highland regiments to life. The museum weaves a rich tapestry, connecting the Regiment to the local communities around Scotland from where its soldiers and their families came.
The renovation work was carried out with 'meticulous care' to protect, conserve and compliment the archaeology of the King’s Old Building which dates from the late 14th century and is believed to be one of the oldest structures still standing at Stirling Castle.
Work has included opening up the original vaults on the ground floor, creating a new floor to house museum displays and improved access via a new central stairway. The galleries have been created with storyboards and displays to show off the nationally-recognised collection of artefacts, silver and original artwork, together with audio-visual displays. Conservation standard display cases and eco-friendly lighting have been installed to meet modern museum standards.
A fascinating story
Richard Hickson, CEO of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, said: 'We approach an incredibly important achievement as we prepare to reopen our doors after almost three years of hard work.
'Setting itself against the broader history of Scotland, our museum tells a fascinating story covering significant periods in Scottish history. From the Highland Clearances and the industrialisation of West-Central Scotland to shipbuilding and engineering on Clydeside, we have brought to life the activities of the Regiment’s soldiers and their families, both in Scotland and across the globe.'
The museum operates as part of a partnership agreement with Historic Environment Scotland, who run Stirling Castle and have supported the refurbishment through grant funding and conservation work to help upgrade the site and visitor offer, as well as providing additional support in areas such as educational activities and on-site interpretation.
For more information, visit the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum website.
Report and image courtesy Historic Environment Scotland - image is copyright Alan Peebles.