Steadfast! Commando At The Gordon Highlanders Museum

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Wed 08 Aug 2012
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Commando art on display in Aberdeen's finest museum - The Opening

The extended Commando team were asked to open the exhibition of Commando art on display at the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen. We've drawn together some of the photographs taken on the day to give you a flavour of the event.

Hope you enjoy them.

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At the entrance to the museum, Ian Kennedy's piper is there to lead you into the action.

 

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The "Press and Journal" corridor leads you towards the exhibition's main room along a timeline of Commando covers.

 

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At the end of the corridor in the Hamilton Room, actual size artwork rubs shoulders with some oversize prints of our covers.

 

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On the left is the very first Commando cover, 51 years old. All the covers in the Hamilton Room were desert themed to match the exhibiton items celebrating the Gordons' part in the Battle of El Alamein.

 

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Fact and fiction mix in the Hamilton Room's display cases.

 

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Commando mastheads and titles in an array of colours sit alongside foreign langauge versions of the stories while just along the case sit medals and photographs of real veterans.

 

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Two Commando veterans check out their past battles in the Hamilton Room's reading area. Gordon Livingstone and Ian Kennedy are two of the handful of men without whom Commando would not be what it is today.

 

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After a lively question and answer session, the team got out their pens to do some signing.

 

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The CO even managed some joined-up writing.

 

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The Museum's Education Officer gets some tips on drawing from Gordon Livingstone. (We think.)

 

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From the left: Grant Wood, Graphic Designer; Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor; Calum Laird, current Editor; Ian Kennedy, Artist; George Low, former Editor; Gordon Livingstone, Artist.

 

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Curator Jesper Ericsson and the CO chat as Ian Kennedy casts an expert eye over the timeline of framed covers.

 

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To end, here's THAT dagger, the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, rendered for Commando covers from 1961 onwards.

All photographs courtesy HE Semmens

 

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