Heather’s Show Scotland adventure: Part 1 – Perth

As the bank holiday weekend was Show Scotland time, I decided to try and get out and about to a few events. My adventure began on Friday lunchtime, when I caught the train to Perth. After dropping my bag at the B &B, I headed back into the town centre to visit the Fergusson Gallery. I’d never been there before in spite of many previous visits to Perth. Let me say that it was worth the wait. It’s a wee gem of a gallery, situated in the former Perth Waterworks building. This circular building works brilliantly as a gallery space, and houses art works and objects celebrating the lives of the Scottish Colourist J D Fergusson and his lifelong partner, Margaret Morris. As part of Perth and Kinross Council’s Heritage Service, it’s one of the Recognised collections. I think my favourite object was a painting by Margaret Morris of one of her friends. The current temporary exhibition is about Margaret Morris Movement, a style of dance still practiced today, 100 years after it was devised. This type of dance was the theme of the Fergusson Gallery’s Show Scotland event taking place on Saturday, and after wishing the staff good luck with the event I headed back out into the sunshine.

That evening I went along to the Black Watch Museum for their Show Scotland event. This was a guided tour of the museum, led by one of the museum volunteers. There’s something very exciting about being in a museum when it is closed. Although I’d visited before I really enjoyed having a tour because you get to hear stories which really bring the objects to life. Our guide did a great job and was very knowledgeable about the collection. I think that my favourite items were the regiment’s colours which had been carried at the battle of Waterloo in the Napoleonic room and the various cerermonial swords in the Wavell room. There was so much to see that the time flew by and before we knew it, it was time for a glass of wine with the staff. We were given the chance to hear about the future plans for the museum, with funds being raised by the Black Watch Heritage Appeal. After thanking our hosts for their hospitality, it was time for us visitors to head home.

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