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Kings Own Scottish Borderer's Museum

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Joanne M wrote a review Aug 2020
Aberdeen, United Kingdom41 contributions8 helpful votes
The museum has various items from history from the battalion from WW1 up to the point of amalgamation with The Royal Scots, there is also a lot of pictures and displays which offer information, the veterans are sometimes available to answer any questions you may have
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Rafal W wrote a review Oct 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom1,004 contributions29 helpful votes
Regimental Museum of Kings Own Scottish Borderers is located in one of the 18th century barracks built not so far from Windmill Bastion in north-east part of town. Here you can have a glimpse of over 300 years of regimental history. What makes this museum special is the way it tells the story. It takes you from one room to another. Each room represents different historical period and different aspects of soldier's life. And it's a sad history. There's not much glory in there, but a lot of hardships, boredom of daily routine of living in barracks and struggle of how to make ends meet. Behind the beautiful uniforms there's hidden history of diseases, decimation, drunkenness, bitterness, disappointment, desertion and... education. Because at some point, army realised that its officers need to know how to write and read. There's a history of being sent to every corner of the world, and if you were lucky enough to return, history of ending up on the street begging for food. Because that's what happened if you run out of luck and get seriously wounded. With such a low level of medical knowledge, amputation was sometimes the only way to fight back gangrene, therefore, crippled ex-soldier with missing leg or arm, begging on the street for food wasn't uncommon sight in those days. Even flesh wound could lead to serious complications if wasn't properly treated. There was of course place for bravery and courage as showcases full of medals confirms that. But there's always question remains about the the sense of it when you think about the costs. I'm aware that Kings Own Scottish Borderer's Museum isn't the biggest one, and its exposition is not the richest in the world but what's important for me, is the way the history was told. There's not many museums like this one. Personally, I've found it deeply moving.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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AJtheaceboss wrote a review Oct 2019
Fochabers, United Kingdom92 contributions13 helpful votes
Great little museum set within the garrison walls some great things on display some of the exhibits are a little dated though
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Date of experience: October 2019
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TabithaSturgess wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom42 contributions9 helpful votes
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We visited here on our way to Scotland We have driven past Berwick for years and never stopped by This time we did, the town is beautiful very quaint. We went to visit the king's own museum and we are glad we did. There is so much on display and so much history packed into the museum. We where fortunate that we knew someone who worked there and they showed us around and gave us a tour we learnt so much in such a short space of time. Definitely recommend a visit here
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Martin Bell wrote a review Apr 2019
Boroughbridge, United Kingdom681 contributions155 helpful votes
Visited the Garrison buildings and KOSB museum. I really enjoyed myself. Lots of history to absorb, have always been an amateur student of military history, loved soaking it all up I was perhaps saddened that for a Saturday on Easter weekend we were perhaps one of three couples over 2 hours in the entire place and couldn't help pondering how we bring this history to life for a new generation?? For example, Virtual Reality for the WW1 trenches or WWII command post rather than a dark room with sound effects?? Great heritage. Worth visiting. Needs a 2019 make over
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Date of experience: April 2019
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