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Brief guide to what's on at museums this session

The Stirling Story Until June 30 Smith Art Gallery amp; Museum, Stirling Tel 01786 471917

A National Lottery-funded exhibition tracing the history of Stirling from pre-historic times to the present day, divided into bite-size segments. The Second World War area features a nurse's trunk from that period, filled with necessities such as spare uniforms, warm vests, make-up and alcohol. Children's corner with worksheets and dressing-up box.

Tracking Dinosaurs January 8-April 21 Here's Lookin' at You, Kid January 8 for a year Perth Museum amp; Art Gallery Tel 01738 632488

Two great exhibitions for children. The first is a travelling production from the Museum of Wales about dinosaurs and their footprints. Among other features, there is a skeleton, a specially-made model of a flying reptile with a three-metre wing span, a build-it-yourself brontosaurus puzzle, plus worksheets and a dinosaur footprint tracing activity.

Here's Lookin' at You, Kid contrasts the lives of Victorian children with those now. Children have a chance to examine old photographs, dress up in old-fashioned clothes, play with traditional toys and listen to Scottish nursery rhymes.

Unburied Treasure January 20-February 28 The Unknown Cathedral April 1 until September Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall Tel 01856 873191


Orkney has been the scene of a lot of archaeological activity in recent years. This exhibition gives a chance to make sense of some of the finds. Artefacts include whale tooth beads discovered in a Neolithic tomb. The experts think that two whale bone objects shaped like very small cricket bats might have been the tools of early Iron Age weavers.

Following this exhibition is one on Kirkwall's magnificant St Magnus Cathedral, entitled The Unknown Cathedral.

Walking with Dinosurs January 27-April 29 Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University Tel 0141 330 4221,

The BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs exhibition, based on the television series, is having its only Scottish showing at the Hunterian Museum. It features all manner of dinosaur bones, life-size models, fossils and the chance to take part in a simulated excavation. A full education programme has been planned. Admission charge of pound;30 for school groups of up to 33 children.

Ancient Egypt: Digging for Dreams March 16-September 30 The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Tel 0141 287 2747

Following the success of the tigers exhibition, The Burrell puts on another show with schools' appeal, featuring ancient Egyptian toys, garments, mummified heads, coffins and other objects from the collection of the Petrie Museum in London. The exhibition is free for school groups and is supported by a full programme of education workshops.

Tutankhamun's Wardrobe March 31-July 1 Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Tel 0131 247 4206

Replicas of clothing found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, including loincloths, tunics, leopard skins, gloves, socks and footwear. The show, which will also feature original excavation photographs, explores the themes of the discovery of the tomb and the colour and symbolism in royal clothing.

Awesome Insects April 7-September 2 Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Tel 0131 247 4206

An exhibition that aims to prove how interesting and exciting insects are to study. It will dispel many of the myths that surround insects and will explore where they live and why we need to know about them.

Using a hands-on approach, visitors will be invited to learn how to identify various types of creepy-crawlies, discover them hidden in The Garden and delve into the Dung Heap.

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