Micaela Edhager | Mon, 11 Feb 2019
February sees the opening of a new tourist attraction in Aberdeen. When The Gordon Highlanders Museum opened its doors for the new season on February 5th, it did it with a new experience: a replica First World War Trench. The idea for building a trench came about after a team from the Museum visited other museums around the country, with The Staffordshire Regimental Museum’s replica trench, in particular, catching the team’s attention. This visit led to a closer inspection of the trench and after working out the pros and cons of the Museum having its own trench, it was decided on a plan of action and after three years of planning and fundraising, The Gordon Highlanders Museum now has its own replica First World War trench. The building of the trench was made possible thanks to donations from Museum Galleries Scotland, an anonymous donor with ties to the Regiment and the Museum, and with the support of local residents and The Museum Advisory Board.
‘We wanted to create a more engaging and immersive experience [to understand what our ancestors] experienced on the front line in the trenches,’
The Museum’s idea for the trench is to encourage learning and understanding about the conditions the soldiers of the First World War fought in: ‘We wanted to create a more engaging and immersive experience to allow school children and our museum visitors the chance to understand what their grandfathers and great-grandfathers from the North-East of Scotland would have experienced on the front line in the trenches,’ says Mr Lewis Gibbon, the Museum’s Learning Officer.
The trench will be used together with a range of real and handling artifacts, to give an authentic feeling when learning about the First World War. Mr Gibbon also underlines the importance of sharing the stories, both now and for years to come, of the men and women who fought in this conflict since none of them are still alive to tell their stories themselves: ‘This trench will be a way for the Museum to share the stories and experiences of the Gordon Highlanders and aims to bring alive in a tangible way their history.’
The Gordon Highlanders Museum is situated on Viewfield Road in the old regimental headquarters, previously owned by the prominent 19th-century Aberdonian artist Sir George Reid, and is the first stop if you are following the Highland Tourist Route. Besides the opportunity to see a replica First World War trench, the Museum also gives you a chance to learn about the Gordon Highlanders Regiment’s 200-years’ old history, see the new 2019 exhibition titled 'Patrols and Parades - National Service Gordons 1948-1963' and pay a visit to the Duchess Jean's Tearoom for a bite to eat.
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Adult (Over 18) - £8.00
Child (16 & under) - £4.50.
Concession (16 & 17 yo/Senior Citizen/Student/ Former Gordon Highlanders - ID required) - £6.00.
Family - £16.00.