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Army museum's 1.2m refurbishment
Gordon Highlanders Museum
Curator Sarah Malone believes the 1.2m has been well spent
A famous Scottish army museum has re-opened after winning a 1.2m refurbishment battle.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen has undergone a major makeover which includes interactive displays.

Two years of fundraising resulted in 500,000 being donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In 1994, the famous regiment was amalgamated to become part of the Highlanders. Prince Charles was its last colonel-in-chief.

'Emotional reaction'

The 1.2m project fund has enabled the museum to overhaul its main display areas, improve education facilities and employ new staff.

Attractions include three-dimensional images and a bunker showing real footage of life in the trenches.

Gordon Highlanders Museum
The long history of the regiment is marked in new displays

There are also listening posts featuring the memories of veterans, also providing aid to the visually impaired.

About 650,000 of the 1.2m cost was spent on the main gallery area alone.

Museum curator Sarah Malone told the BBC Scotland news website: "We believe there is nothing like this in Scotland.

"We have been able to bring out the archives which will get a more emotional reaction.

"There are testimonies from veterans which can be listened to, virtual photo albums and handling areas."

'Underpin heritage'

Ian Lakin, chairman of the museum, said: "The completion of the 1.2m development has been a culmination of three years of planning and fund-raising by a dedicated group of volunteers and professional staff.

Gordon Highlanders Museum
Museum staff hope the new look will appeal to all ages

"They have worked tirelessly to have the project finished on time for the opening of the new season.

"The objective of the investment was to raise the standard of the Gordon Highlanders Museum to the highest level possible by incorporating new multi-media interactive techniques.

"It will appeal to all age groups and underpin the heritage of the world-famous regiment for future generations to come."

The Gordon Highlanders, raised in 1794, was the local regiment of the north east of Scotland.




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