A replica First World War trench aimed at teaching people about the horrors of conflict has had its official opening.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum wants to give an insight into the battlefield living conditions which would have been faced by the soldiers fighting in what became known as the Great War.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the trench was held at the popular facility in front of invited guests, including Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans Graeme Dey MSP.
The wooden replica has been named the Moffat Trench after Lt. Col. Francis Moffat.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) medal for his action at the Battle of Ypres with the 8th/10th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders on August 30 1917.
His daughter, Dr Margaret Moffat, who was a volunteer at the museum for many years, was on hand to cut the ribbon and declare the trench open.
The museum also marked the opening of its temporary exhibit of national service in the Gordon Highlanders from 1948-1963.
During the event Mr Dey presented a gift to the museum of a 100-year-old book, which featured accounts of conflict faced by the Gordon Highlanders during the Great War.
Brian Snelling, chief executive of the museum, said: “We are very pleased the trench has been officially opened.
“It has been a fantastic effort from the staff and volunteers at the museum.
“Dr Moffat has been a great supporter of the trench since day one.
“It was only fitting that we called it after her father. It is wonderful that she was here to open it as she hasn’t been able to visit in a couple of years and it was great to show her it.
“The trench is one of the things we are putting in place to make sure the museum has a sustainable future.
“We have already seen a few school classes come in and the kids get to wear WWI uniforms, and we feel it is part of the experience.”
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The trench includes a dugout, firing step, regimental aid post, observation post and no man’s land. Ruth Duncan, curator at the museum, said the idea first came about in 2015.
She said: “It is a wonderful feeling seeing the trench come together after all this time.
“For a relatively small space we have crammed a lot of the key sections of a trench system in so we can promote learning about them.
“It has been wonderful to see the schools coming round and it has been heartening to see the reaction from the visitors to the trench.
“You don’t have to go too far back through people’s family’s trees to find a connection to the Gordon Highlanders.
“The idea is people and children can learn from history of what conflict is like and hopefully they don’t have go through it themselves.”
Mr Dey said: “The trench will be a remarkable addition to what the museum has to offer.
“When kids come here as part of school parties, they will come back with their parents and this will all help cement the future of the museum, which is incredibly important to the north-east.
“People have only ever seen a trench on film or in a photograph and it does really bring home what it must have been like.”