The Highlanders' Museum includes works depicting military scenes by a variety of artists and covering the period from 1778 to the present day.
Included are portraits of various senior officers and war scenes of the Seaforth Highlanders (72nd and 78th Regiments) and Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (79th Regiment). These regiments amalgamated in 1961 to form the Queen's Own Highlanders and a further amalgamation in 1994 saw the formation of The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).
The museum is currently located in the former Lieutenant Governor’s house and opened in 1965 as the Queen's Own Highlanders' Museum.
Some of the older paintings clearly show the caring nature of life in a Highland Regiment. A number of the First World War scenes vividly show the individual faces in the heat of battle and the horrors of war. Further additions will be considered if opportunities are presented.
Many of the artists have completed works for other regiments but nevertheless managed to epitomise the individuality of these famous units. A particularly striking example is the painting by Joseph Gray, of the 7th Camerons (TA Battalion) on Hill 70 at the Battle of Loos. The painting ‘A Day at Home’ by John Myles is a fine example of a returning Battalion (78th Highlanders) relaxing on the Forewall Battery at Edinburgh Castle.