Summer exhibitions in brief

18th June 2004 at 01:00
Scotland's Dream Team

Iona Gallery, Kingussie

July 3-31

tel 01540 661307 A series of 12 specially commissioned portraits of celebrated Scottish football players from the past 100 years makes up Scotland's Dream Team.

Billy McNeill, Jim Baxter, Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish feature in an ideal national squad headed, of course, by I well, you'll just have to go along and find out.

The Iona Gallery is part of the terrific Highland Folk Museum complex in Kingussie, which features a traditional thatched black house with a smoky peat fire and no chimney, and is a short walk from the train station.

One Hundred Years of Tennis

People's Palace, Glasgow until August 19

tel 0141 554 0223

Costumes, photographs, trophies and memorabilia are used to chart the development of tennis in the west of Scotland. It is a centenary celebration not only of the game but also of people and places associated with it.

A programme of events accompanies the exhibition.

Life at Sea Aberdeen Maritime Museum

until July 17

tel 01224 337700

The museum in Ship Row is always worth a visit, if only for the spectacular views of the harbour from the picture windows. Now it is the launch venue for Life at Sea, a touring show of exhibits drawn from 13 of the UK's leading maritime institutions.

The artefacts include a well-worn table knife which belonged to a member of Sir John Franklin's lost 1845 Arctic expedition and was found in a boat, along with several skeletons, by a search party in 1857. There is a selection of ordinary tobacco tins which were beautifully decorated with nautical scenes by sailors to relieve the tedium of a long voyage.

They also carved chess sets from whale's teeth, scratched pictures on walrus tusks and made model ships from turkey bones.

A programme of talks and family events accompanies the show.

Fish and Ships

Stranraer Museum

July 17-September 18

tel 01776 705088

Original maps, plans, paintings, historic photographs and a wonderful collection of objects are used to tell the story of shipping, sailing and fishing in the Solway and the Rhinns of Galloway. The exhibition provides a chance to find out more about shipwrecks, forgotten ports and fisheries and the local boat building trade.

On the Beach, Under the Sea

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

until August 23

tel 0141 287 0500

This interactive exhibition has been created especially for children aged six and under, offering opportunites for storytelling, role-play, dressing-up and tactile play in unusual environments to learn about natural history.

It features a beach hut for storytelling, a camouflage tunnel, a shell investigation station and a video entitled Shells Alive which is shown from inside a treasure chest.

Wild and Wonderful

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

until December 24

tel 01738 632488

There are several exhibitions at Perth Museum this summer that will appeal to the whole family, particularly this one. It lets visitors discover the wild and wonderful places and species that exist in Perthshire.

The show highlights conservation work being carried out the the region to protect habitats which are essential to the quality of life for plants, animals and humans.

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