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Black Watch museum in Perth reopens

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Media captionA museum commemorating one of Scotland's most famous regiments re-opens this week following a major re-development.

A museum honouring the history of one of Scotland's most famous regiments is to open following a £3.5m redevelopment.

The Black Watch museum at Balhousie Castle in Perth closed its doors to the public last year.

It has been refurbished with the latest visual and interactive technology, and will have more space for displays and exhibitions.

The new museum was officially unveiled at a ceremony on Monday.

It will reopen to the public on Tuesday.

Image caption The museum closed its doors in August of last year

Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin, chairman of the Black Watch Museum Trust, said: "The project so dear to the hearts of so many in the Black Watch family and in the wider community began with the launch of a public appeal in 2008. We raised £3.5m.

"This was thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to support from the regimental family and to the very great generosity of many charitable trusts and individuals.

"This has enabled us to realise a long-standing dream to expand the premises, to provide new facilities for members of the regiment and for visitors and to provide a permanent home to the museum and archive collections."

The Black Watch has found itself on the front line of many of the biggest conflicts of the past 300 years, including both world wars and more recently Iraq and Afghanistan.

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