22nd August 2008 at 01:00
A highly topical exhibition that should appeal to primary and secondary schools has opened at Stranraer Museum. All About Food - From Production to Plate explores the story of food in Wigtownshire, south-west Scotland, from prehistoric times to today.

From early times, Wigtownshire has been a "land of plenty", and this exhibition looks at the production, preparation and consumption of food from the area. Among the wide range of historic objects on show are a giant vat for salting meat, a pig-killing bench and a 1930s paraffin cooker, as well as a massive piece of timber once thought to be an ancient canoe but now believed to be a Bronze Age cooking trough.

Visitors can listen to the reminiscences of a Stranraer butcher, among a number of recently made oral history recordings, and take part in a create-your-own-virtual-sandwich activity.

The food exhibition, which runs until September 22, is just one of many events taking place during Dumfries and Galloway's GaelForce 2008 season. Tomorrow afternoon, musicians Richard and Vivien Jones, well known for their schools programmes at Edinburgh Castle, will be at the CatStrand arts centre in New Galloway with a family-friendly demonstration of renaissance music and instruments.

Kinetic sculptures, juggling machines and other pieces of moving art feature in Down with Gravity, an exhibition on the work of David Williams at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries until September 20. Williams, now based in Wigtownshire, designed fairground rides after leaving art school and later was a lecturer in props and special effects.

Kirkcudbright's football team gets an exhibition all to itself at the town's Stewartry Museum until October 4. St Cuthbert's Wanderers FC charts the history of the club using photographs, medals, match programmes and other memorabilia.



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