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6th February 1998 at 00:00
Last chance to see the Dinosaur Roadshow which has now reached Stranraer Museum, its last stop before travelling back to homebase at Ulster Museums.

The roadshow, which will be there until March 14, has already been visited by many local primary schools and, according to curator John Pickin, they've received enquiries from schools up to 75 miles away. "Children love dinosaurs, and although this isn't a huge exhibition, it is very well presented with more than enough to keep them interested," he says.

"There's an excellent life-size cast of a megalosauras, a wide selection of amazingly detailed fossils, plus interactives, a worksheet we've devised ourselves, and some real dinosaur droppings which have been a great hit with the kids."

A sure sign of a popular show, he adds, is the high incidence of children returning to the museum with their parents after a class visit.

Schools from outside the immediate area might be able to combine the exhibition with a visit to the town's medieval castle (incorporating a Victorian prison) which, though closed in winter, can be opened by prior arrangement with the museums' education officer, if staff is available. Contact Stranraer Museum, tel: 01776 705088 * Next week TAG Theatre Company begins a tour of more than 40 schools in the Borders and Glasgow areas of a new, more interactive version of David Greig's Petra, aimed at Primary 6 and 7. Based on Balkan folk tales and recent events in Bosnia, the TAG performance uses story-telling, live music and humour to show what happens when politics exploits nationalist imagery and sentiments for its own ends. February 9-March 20. Some dates still available. Tel: 0141 552 4949.

* A roadshow about roads sounds decidedly unappealing, but an exhibition which examines the design, construction and effect of the Glasgow motorway network is pulling in the crowds at the city's Museum of Transport, where it will remain until March 1.

The story of the postwar plan to revive Glasgow's inner city area by knocking down tenements and replacing them with miles of Tarmac has been cleverly packaged in a mock-up of a motorway slip-road, complete with flashing overhead gantry, black top surface, white lines, cats eyes and real traffic sounds.

The show features film clips of pre-motorway 1950s Glasgow, remarkable photographs of road construction in the city centre and documentation of the building of Kingston Bridge, once the largest of its kind in the UK.

Videos show how computers help with present-day bridge design - and why the Tay Railway Bridge disaster occurred. Smaller children will delight in a Dinky Toy-type road construction site and a display of the wild animals which apparently flourish beside our urban motorways.

Visitors can see for themselves how drivers behave on the motorway, thanks to a working CCTV monitor, then have a shot at spying on other visitors at the museum with a sneaky "zoom and pan" camera.

Visit the exhibition between February 16 and March 1, and the addition of a road safety caravan will allow you to "check your reflexes with a brake reaction tester and teach your kids street sense with games and puzzles".

Further information on 0141 287 2720, and remember that Glasgow museums are closed on Tuesdays, apart from Kelvingrove.

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