Museum to host talk on Sir Robert Watson-Watt

Pictured are, from left - : Brian Mitchell (Secretary), Donald McGilp, Stewart Hill (Chairman) and Steve Nicoll.

Pictured are, from left - : Brian Mitchell (Secretary), Donald McGilp, Stewart Hill (Chairman) and Steve Nicoll.

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An illustrated talk on Brechin’s most famous son, Sir Robert Watson-Watt, is to take place on Tuesday, April 23.

The talk, which is being organised by The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum starts at 2 p.m. and will be held in the museum. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided at the interval.

The illustrated talk coincides with an exhibition currently running at the Town House featuring Sir Watson-Watt’s life and work.

Sir Watson-Watt was born in 5 Union Street, Brechin, on the April 13, 1892, and was educated at Damacre School in Brechin and Brechin High School.

He graduated with a BSc in Engineering in 1912 from University College, Dundee, which was then part of the University of St Andrews.

Following graduation he was offered an assistantship by Professor William Peddie who excited his interest in radio waves.

His work during the Second World War provided the Royal Air Force with early warning radar that allowed the pilots to detect and intercept attacking German aircraft during the Battle of Britain.

This was a pivotal moment for Britain and Watson-Watt’s contribution was recognised in 1942 with a knighthood.

The exhibition, which features an exceptional display of images, documents and artefacts depicting the war-time defence system, runs until May 27. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays.