The Museum currently holds approximately 650 objects in its collection and this figure will continue to rise as new objects are donated to us on a regular basis. The collection contains a wide variety of items which includes everything from uniforms, equipment and weapons to documents, artwork and insignia.
Items from the collection are currently displayed in the following locations:
- The Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS) gallery located in The Royal Scots Museum (Edinburgh Castle)
- Regimental Headquarters SCOTS (Edinburgh Castle) – Please note that this particular display cannot be accessed by the general public
- The Highlanders’ Museum (Fort George)
- The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum (Stirling Castle)
- The Black Watch Museum (Balhousie Castle, Perth)
- The King’s Own Scottish Borderers Museum (Berwick-upon-Tweed, England)
- Periodical displays in local council museums around Scotland
Additional SCOTS items can be viewed in many of the other antecedent regimental museums and it is our desire to supplement their displays in the future with objects from our collection.
The majority of the collection is held in storage until the Museum acquires its own dedicated building. The Regiment is currently working towards a plan which would hopefully see us in our own building within 10 years. A small selection of objects from the collection can be viewed below. Please click on an image if you would like a closer view and some information on the object in question.
Although serving and ex-members of the Regiment regularly donate material to us, there are still gaps in the collection and areas that we would like to improve on.
What items is the Museum currently looking for?
The Museum is interested in acquiring material that represents the full range of activities the Regiment has participated in since its formation on 28 March 2006. These items can relate to operational deployments, sporting events, ceremonial occasions and even just everyday life within the Regiment. Items with an interesting personal story attached are always highly desirable. As long as the item has a connection to The Royal Regiment of Scotland then we will have a potential interest in it. Do you have something you would like to donate but are not sure if we would be interested? Please get in touch with the curator to discuss it further. Particular areas of the collection that we are currently looking to strengthen are listed below.
Formation of the Regiment
We would be interested in acquiring any photographs, videos or objects that relate to the formation of the Regiment on 28 March 2006.
2006-2008 operational deployments
We would be very interested in items that relate to the following operational deployments:
- Any of the Northern Ireland/Operation BANNER deployments that members of the Regiment have participated in
- Any of the Iraq/Operation TELIC deployments that members of the Regiment have participated in
- Any of the Afghanistan (especially Operation HERRICK 4) deployments that members of the Regiment have participated in
Photographs and video
Although we have a lot of photographs and video in our digital archive we are always keen to add more, especially those that relate to individual soldiers and their experiences. Getting copies of your photos or videos to the Museum is a very simple and straightforward process. Just drop the curator an email or give him a phone call to discuss further.
At the moment the Museum has only a few examples of medals awarded to members of the Regiment but would like to have a more representative selection. If you know an ex-member of the Regiment who is now out of the Army and looking to find a good home for their medals please ask them to get in touch with us. Donating the medals to the Museum would be the ideal scenario but other options can be discussed with us privately.
Army Reservists & Regimental Military Band
We do not have many items relating to the Army Reserve Battalions and Regimental Military Band. This is something we would like to rectify so if you can help by donating photographs or objects then please get in touch.
What happens if you donate something to the Museum?
The process of donating an item to the Museum will involve you signing forms which will transfer legal ownership of the object from you to the Museum. Once this happens the Museum will then be responsible for caring for the object (according to national museum standards) and using it to help tell the story of the Regiment.
Would the Museum ever dispose of items that you donated?
We carefully consider every single object that is offered to us before accepting it for the collection so we are generally against the disposal of items. However, the Museum might consider the disposal of items in exceptional circumstances (i.e. the object’s condition has deterioriated to the point where it cannot be saved even with careful conservation). In that scenario we would take the following steps:
- Contact the original donor (or their next of kin) and attempt to return the object(s) to them
- Offer the object(s) to other museums
- Offer the object(s) to members of the Regimental family
- If none of the above options were successful our final consideration would be to dispose of the object(s) and if sold, to use any money raised to fund educational activities