Royal Visit Re-Opens Inverness Attraction

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Fort George, near Inverness to carry out the official re-opening of the Highlanders’ Museum

THE INVERNESS area played host to royalty yesterday as HRH The Duke of Edinburgh carried out the official re-opening of The Highlander’s Museum at historic Fort George.

The museum, which is home to the largest regimental collection outside of London and is a popular attraction for visitors to the Inverness area, was closed for renovation in September 2011 and has since undergone a £2.9 million transformation.

Popular Inverness Attraction Home to History and Heritage

Home to artefacts related to the history  and heritage of the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) and the Lovat Scouts, the museum’s exhibits chart more than 240 years of regimental history, illustrating the crucial role that Highlanders have played in conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the “War on Terror”.

Pieces on display in the former Lieutenant Governor’s house include colours carried at the Battle of Waterloo and the regimental uniform of King Edward VIII.

The work was funded by donations from a campaign launched by actor Hugh Grant (whose father served at Fort George during his army career) with contributors including the European Regional Development Fund, The Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, the Scottish Government (through the Historic Scotland grants programme) the Inverness Common Good Fund, Highland Council and  Bord na Gaidhlig to name but a few.

Fort George Houses “Highly Regarded” Military Museum

Head of business growth at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (who  also supported the renovation appeal) Nicola Ewing, said, “HIE is delighted at the reopening of The Highlanders’ Museum. One of the most highly regarded military museums in the UK, the link with the local community is clear with a history dating back centuries.

The fundraising campaign has sparked the imagination, with support coming from across the country and beyond. We would like to congratulate everyone involved in transforming the museum into a major, state of the art attraction which will have significant impacts benefiting the local economy and the wider tourism sector.”

The museum will be open to the public again from Friday, March 29 and will be open seven days a week throughout the summer season – just one of the great educational things to do when you visit Inverness this year and in the approaching year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

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