hand artefacts, arts and crafts, the museum timings to life the social and industrial ‘history of the north of Glasgow, illustrated by two permanent exhibitions Made In The North and Springburn Park, Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow, 553 2557. Mon-Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am-5pm. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden, priceless art works from the world’s six major religions, Dali’s Christ 0f Saint John Of The Cross and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures. See

Art listings, page 93 for temporary exhibitions.

The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, 339 0631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.50 (£2.95); family tickets £6.95-£9.95). Find out about Glasgow’s maritime heritage on-board the S.V. Glenlee, the only Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK. Visitors can explore the boat or talk to the crew, and there’s a range of children’s activities. On-shore, there is a restaurant in the restored Pumphouse as well as a permanent exhibition space. See Art listings, page 93 for temporary exhibitions.


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On a rainy Sunday afternoon, Glasgow’s Art Gallery and Museum provides an educational sanctuary. The building itself is an impressive sandstone creation, dating back to 1901 when it was the centrepiece of an international exhibition. Once inside you‘ll find a treasure trove of interesting artefacts, all of which are

The ground floor plays host to the museum exhibits, and with the number of wide-eyed children running around it's impossible not to get caught up in an atmosphere of discovery. There are displays of weaponry and armour (including a replica Storm Trooper from Star Wars), Egyptian archaeological finds and a natural history section complete with mandatory stuffed animals. Kelvingrove has a slightly old fashioned feel - some of the information panels are so dusty you'd think they'd been there since 1901 - but this only adds to its charm. With items as weird and wonderful as a helmet made from a dried out blowfish, who needs multi-media technology? That said, things do get interactive in the Design Machine exhibition (on until 9 Jan), which takes you through the design process in

Upstairs, the art galleries offer a more tranquil setting, with a fine selection of classical and realist pieces. Particularly helpful are the ’pick of the week' plaques which give further insight into specific artworks. Van Gogh's portrait of Glasgow art dealer Alexander Reid is one such example, as for many years it was considered to be a self portrait (must have been the ginger beard). Amidst the art is the Wee Beast/es section, truly terrifying for anyone with a fear of insects, particularly since the observation bee hive has real live bees crawling inside it. Presumably they're too small to stuff. This sense of surprise is what makes the Art Gallery and Museum so enjoyable. Just when you think you've got it sussed, it throws in a bizarre oddity to make you smile. Don't wait for a rainy day to pay it a

Added Extras Cafe, Gift Shop and Kelvingrove Park next door

How you get there A short walk from Kelvin Hall underground stop; buses 16, 62 and 64 take you there from the city centre, or cars coming from the east or west can get off the motonNay at Junction 18 then follow the plentiful signs.

When it's openIOam—Spm Mon—Thu & Sat; 1 1am-5pm Fri & Sun. I Art Gallery And Museum, Kelvingrove, Argyle Street, 287 2699.


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Why? To mark World AIDS Day, Edinburgh-based charity the Waverley Care Trust

has organised an evening of words and music with a selection of high-profile


Who'll be there Poet and playwright Liz Lochhead and TV presenter Sheena McDonald will both be giving readings, along with Alistair Darling MP, and

Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh.

And the music? The theme of the music and the readings is 'celebrating life’, and the Philomusica of Edinburgh, Caledonia Brass and Edinburgh University Singers will all be performing a selection of spirited melodies.

The message? Waverley Care aims to raise awareness of the issue while maintaining an upbeat attitude. The death rate from AIDS in Scotland has dramatically decreased, so this is a chance to join in the celebration.

Celebration Of Life, Sat 4 Dec. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 23 Palmerston Place. Tickets available on the door or from Waverley Care, 556

3959. cooking and wreath making along with . carol singers inside the specially FBStIVfiIS decorated house.

Edinburgh's Festival Of The Environment Tue 7-Wed 8 Dec, 10am—4pm. Free. ElCC, 150 Morrison Street, 300 3000. This two day exhibition and conference will focus on transport, energy, technology and sustainability. So go on down and find out what you can do to save the planet.

Edinburgh Swing Dance Society Film Festival Wed 8 Dec & Wed 15 Dec, 6.30pm; Sat 11 Dec, 1pm. Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, 228 2688. Festival ticket £7.50 (£4.50). The Edinburgh Swing Dance Society in co-operation with the Filmhouse presents a festival of films with swing. The 1943 classic Stormy Weather will be screened on Wed 8 Dec, and Doug Limon’s Swingers is shown on Wed 15 Dec. A special video screening of Lindyhopping is on Sat 11 Dec, featuring archive footage of the original J iving Lindy Hoppers. And if all this inspires you to have a go yourself, a swing dance at the Calton Centre follows the video (phone 556 6888 for details). Don’t forget your Khakis.


The Present Event Fri 3—Sun 5 Dec, 10am-5pm. £4.50. Hopetoun House, Shore Road, South Queensferry, 331 2451. As part of its 300th anniversary celebrations, Hopetoun House is hosting a festive fair of gifts, including hand- crafted items, jewellery, candles, clothing and food. To get you in the festive mood there will also be demonstrations of

3DIZD Craft & Design Fair Sat ll-Sun 12 Dec, 10.30am—4.30pm. £1.20 (80p—children free); Thu l6—Thu 23 Dec, 10.30am—5.30pm. 70p (SOp—children free). Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, 220 4349. If you’re looking for something a little different for your Christmas purchases, this craft fair should give you a few ideas.

Napier University Department Of Design Open Day Thu 9 Dec, 9.30am—6pm. Free. Napier University, Merehiston site, 10 Colinton Road, 444 2266. If you’re interested in studying design then this open day should answer all your questions. There’ll be staff and students on hand to impart a wealth of information, as well as tours of the studios and workshops and an exhibition of current projects. For further information call Mairi Taggart on 455 2678.


Moving Cities Thu 2 Dec, 5.15pm. Free. Lecture Theatre A, David Hume Tower, George Square, 650 3673/650 3674. Enric Miralles, architect of the new Scottish Parliament building and joint winner of the 1999 Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects gives a lecture entitled Moving Cities. The Ambassador of Spain will be present, so if you want to start moving in the right circles then pull up a chair in the front row.

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