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Atholl Country Life Museum are embarking on a new project to document the history of Home Guard, Blackwatch and more in Blair Atholl, Struan and Calvine.

A team of Atholl Country Life Museum volunteers have begun research for a new exhibition documenting and showcasing the fascinating heritage of the Home Guard, Scottish Horse and Royal Observer Corps in the Atholl area, and are welcoming anyone with memories of these organisations in Blair Atholl and the surrounding area to join in.

The brainchild of Museum Vice-chair Gentle Scrimgeour and volunteer Tony Dowson, it is hoped that the project will bring together memories of a topic that is as of yet seldom represented in the understanding of local history in the Blair Atholl area.

Found in the old Blair Atholl School building, the Atholl Country Life Museum is home to a recreation of the Trinafour Post Office, along with three galleries showcasing the rich social and working history of life in Blair Atholl and the surrounding glens. The Museum is operated by a small committee of local volunteers and trustees.
As part of the charity's latest venture delving into the area's heritage, the committee are appealing for memories and connections to the Home Guard, Scottish Horse and Royal Observer Corps in Blair Atholl, Struan and Calvine.

Whether readers’ relations were in the Home Guard in Blair Atholl or if they have memories of the Scottish Horse camp at Blair Castle, anyone who wishes to share their stories as part of the project are encouraged to contact the Museum.

Tony Dowson, project volunteer says, "I have always been interested in both military and local history. The aim of the project is to acquire anything of interest; information, photos, letters, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, badges and items of equipment."

Any artefacts and stories gathered will be brought together in presentations to be displayed at the Atholl Country Life Museum, concentrating on local people and their role and experiences in organisations such as the Home Guard, Scottish Horse and Blackwatch.

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