KOSB Museum gets special status
The King's Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) Museum in Berwick Barracks has, along with the nine other military museums of the Association of Scottish Military Museums, been awarded a unique accolade by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, by receiving recognition as a Nationally Significant Collection.
The Recognition Scheme was established to ensure that Scotland’s most important collections are identified, cared for and promoted to wider audiences with access to special funding for improvements. The Association of Scottish Military Museums provides a mechanism for its member museums to cooperate in preserving and presenting this Nationally Significant Collection and is only the second organisation to have successfully made an application for recognition as a distributed collection, the first being the National Burns Collection.
Colonel Angus Loudon, president of the KOSB Association, said: “This award is of special significance to us, as it acknowledges our Scottish origins and identity – despite our regimental home having been quartered just over the border in Northumberland for the last 136 years!
“Through a display of uniforms, equipment and dioramas, our collection tells the thrilling story of the Regiment’s life, from its hasty formation in 1689 to defend Edinburgh, its contribution and sacrifice in the wars of Empire and two World Wars, right through to recent operations in Iraq and amalgamation in 2006. The Recognition Scheme assessors were very impressed by the collection’s scope and quality, singling out for special mention the works of art in the museum’s care and its well maintained and documented archives.”
The Association of Scottish Military Museums includes the museums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Scots, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, The Black Watch, The Highlanders (The Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection), The Gordon Highlanders, and the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
The museums, which cover the whole of Scotland and Berwick, collectively hold over 160,000 items, providing a permanent and tangible record of Scotland’s military past and present.
The KOSB museum is run as a charity and is situated in the Barracks at Berwick-upon- Tweed inside the English Heritage site. In winter time, the KOSB museum is open by request and is free of charge. For further information look on the website at www.kosb.co.uk/museum