Investigate handling objects and hear from experts through a range of First World War learning activities taking place at Next of Kin tour venues until May 2017.

Next of Kin handling collection to borrow

A box of original and replica First World War artefacts relating to the Next of Kin exhibition is available to borrow as it travels around the country. Alongside the handling objects are notes revealing their unique background stories and step-by-step guides for creative activities linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Next of Kin learning events

Above: P5 pupils from Girvan Primary school take part in a Next of Kin handling workshop

Learning events about the First World War are taking place in Next of Kin tour locations alongside the exhibition display. Please see the tour schedule to find out when the events programme is coming to your local museum.

Next of Kin events in Perth are taking place at two tour venues- Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Black Watch Castle & Museum. For more information see the programme below and visit and

Official opening of Next of Kin and Battle of the Somme film screening

Friday 11 November 2016, 5:30-9:30pm

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, £5 for film screening (booking required)

The Next of Kin exhibition officially opens on armistice day at Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Black Watch Castle & Museum with pipe and fiddle music, speeches and a reading of Perth Museum's recently acquired Jacobite poem. The launch is immediately followed by a ticketed screening of The Battle of the Somme film, originally seen by 20 million people in 2016. The film is narrated by military historian Andy Robertshaw.

The Making of War Horse

Saturday 12 November 2016, 2-3pm 

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, £5 (booking required), suitable for ages 14+

Find out the secrets behind Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse and how it was made, at this talk by historical advisor Andy Robertshaw.

School workshops

Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 November 2016 & Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 November 2016 

Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Black Watch Castle & Museum. For more information or to make a booking contact Rebecca Berger, Heritage Learning Officer, Culture PK: or 01738 477037

For two weeks only Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Black Watch Museum are offering joint workshops on the themes of active service, remembrance, nursing and the Home Front. School groups will spend half a day at Perth Museum & Art Gallery and half a day at Black Watch Museum.

Hands on History

Thursday 17 November 2016, 1:30-3:30pm

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Free (drop-in), suitable for all ages 

Visit Perth Museum & Art Gallery to see their First World War exhibitions and get your hands on some incredible objects from the period. See and handle items on the themes of childhood, sweethearts, active service and home life during the First World War.

Afternoon Tea with the Archive

Friday 18 November, Friday 16 December 2016, Friday 20 January 2017, 2-3pm 

The Black Watch Castle & Museum, £15 including afternoon tea (booking recommended)

Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea while listening to the treasures of the archive in the Museum’s Empire Gallery, which was once the drawing room of the Earls of Kinnoull. Listen to the narration of letters from our archive, all written by serving soldiers to their loved ones during times of conflict, and then explore related collections on display including the Next of Kin exhibition.

A Bloody Business: First World War Infantry Weapons

Thursday 24 November 2016, 6:30-7:45pm

Perth Museum & Art Gallery, £5 (booking required)

Join Mike Taylor to discover more about the modern and not-so-modern weapons carried by troops of both sides during the Great War. There will be the opportunity to see items from the collection of Perth Museum & Art Gallery not normally on display.

Christmas Crafts

Saturday 10 December 2016, 1-3:30pm

The Black Watch Castle & Museum, suggested donation £2 (drop-in)

On Christmas Day 1914 thousands of soldiers were away from home serving in the First World War, far away from their families, friends and loved ones. To make sure every soldier would get something for Christmas, Princess Margaret sent out gift tins filled with small presents for those who could not be at home for Christmas. Join The Black Watch Museum and make your own gift tin and Christmas card for loved ones.

My Son Tom

Saturday 7 January 2017, 1-2pm

The Black Watch Castle & Museum, suggested donation £3 (booking recommended)

For many who lost their loved ones in the First World War their grief was made worse by the fact that their remains could not be found. Join The Black Watch Museum archivist to discover the story of one man’s search to find out what happened to his son’s remains using original letters, documents and objects. This is an interactive talk for the whole family to learn more about Scottish families during the First World War.

Supported by

National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund  Scottish Government (1)

Part of

First World War Centenary led by the Imperial War Museum WW100 Scotland