A tableau depicting a scene from the Battle of Culloden.

British Empire in 18th century

The centrepiece of this gallery is a tableau depicting a vicious scene from the Battle of Culloden of 1746 which was the last battle of the Stuart Rebellion. Close by a mini-cinema shows a film explaining the development of the linear warfare of the period.

Objects displayed in this section include a comprehensive display of military weapons illustrating the gradual introduction of pattern weapons. The introduction of patterns ensured standardisation throughout the military, in an age prior to mass-production.

One of the display cases is devoted to Scottish weapons of this period and includes such items as an early 17th century snaphaunce pistol as well as the more emblematic basket-hilted swords and targe.

Another display is devoted to the firearms and swords carried by civilians for self defence.