Robes oi the Realm, Royal Museum, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

As you read this, the sprightly young things about town are checking out the Royal Museum to pick up some 300 years worth oi outre iashion tips. Ede and Ravenscrott have been at the iorelront oi civic style since 1689 when William and Mary were kitted out in their glad rags. Since then a coronation hasn’t been a coronation without the Ede and Ravenscroit name above the washing instructions.

The exhibition, taking up just one room in Chambers Street, reminds you oi how eccentric human tradition can be. In rational terms these outiits are ridiculous. But that’s not the point. The display, concise and well put together, gives us a closer look at all manner oi ceremonial robes: regal, legal and clerical, academic and diplomatic. Then there are the crowns and the chains and even a small display on the various stages oi wig manufacture.

In one comer a large screen re-runs the July 1969 lnvestlture oi Prince Charles. lie kneels under the weight of his train, while his mum trips about in her high-cut 60s overcoat. Odd, but lascinatlng. Another video display runs us through a 35 loot long paper roll produced just after the coronation oi George IV in 1821 and depicting his lengthy procession. Royal souvenirs have clearly been around a lot longer than Chas and Di T-shlrts.

it your morals allow you to stand so close to all that ermine and sable, this comer oi the large museum gives a splendid insight into recent regal tradition. But do think twice beiore dressing up the same way on your next night out to Club Sandino. (Mark Fisher).

young Glasgow artists.

Stained Glass Gallery Permanent gallery of secular and religious stained glass which acknowledges Glasgow's impressive history in the field.

I POLLOK HOUSE 2060 Pollokshaws Road. Pollock Country Park. 6320274. Mon—Sat lOam-Spm. Sun 2-5pm. Cafe . Disabled

A rich 18th century house with wedding-cake plasterwork featuring a grand collection of Spanish paintings.

I RUTHERGLEN MUSEUM King Street. Rutherglen, 647 0837. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun 2—5pm.

A high street museum telling the story of Rutherglen with displays on weaving, painting. pottery and glass-making. The police station next door even lent some boots for display.


(adjacent 3') Springburn Railway Station). 557 1405. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4pm; Sun 2-5pm.

Sculpture at Springburn ‘Heritage and Hope Springburn 1989'. a bronze group by the Edinburgh artist Vincent Butleris standing proud in Atlas Square, and an exhibition describing its making is on show in the museum.

Glasgow Locomotive Builder to the World Until 27 April.

Cowlalrs Railway Works 1840-1966 Until 13 April.

Work: The Springburn Experience 1840-1988 From 15 April. A look at 140 years of working conditions and practices at Springburn focusing on trade unions. tools, women and the wars.

I SUMMERLEE HERITAGE TRUST West Canal Street. Coatbridge. (adjacent to Caotbridge Sunnyside Station). 0236 31261. Seven days 10am—5pm. Tearoom. One of the latest Scottish industrial museums which records and preserves the local history ofthe iron. steel and engineering industries.

I THE TENEMENT HOUSE 145 Buccleuch Street. 333 0183. Until 31 October. 2—5pm daily. Admission £1 . 10 adults. 10p children.

Built in 1892 when Garnethill was a superior residential district in Glasgow's west end. the tenement house is kitted out with all the luxuries of the day.


I CAMERA OBSCURA Castlehill. 226 3709. Daily Nov—March Mon—Fri 9.30am—5pm; Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. April—Oct Mon—Fri 9.30am—6pm; Sat/Sun 10am—6pm. Adult £1.90. child & OAP 90p. Against today‘s technology there is still great charm in seeing a miniaturised moving image of the city bustling about its business. There is also a hologram exhibition. an explanation of pin-hole photography and a look at the planets. I BRASS RUBBING CENTRE Chalmers Close. off High Street. 556 4364. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Until 3 June there is a Brass Rubbing Festival taking place at the Centre where you can rub knights in shining armour. animals and celtic designs. I GLADSTONE'S LAND 447b Lawnmarket. 226 5856. Until 31 October. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Adults£1.60. children 80p. A 17th century merchant‘s house with a shop at street level, this NationalTrust property shows the Royal Mile as it might have been in its mercantile heyday. Best of all is a ceiling painted in 1620 in the master‘s boudoir. I MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 38 High Street. 225 2424. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. June-Sept 10am—6pm. Disabled access. Re-opened in 1986 this collection was begun by one man and now belongs to the thousands of children who visit each year. Once you‘ve picked out memories of your own childhood celebrate with a 10p play on the nickelodeon. I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Museums and You Until May. Looks at the work and role of museums in the community. Robes oi the Realm Until 25 June. Ede and Ravenscroft have been Robemakers and Tailors for 300 years and to celebrate the fact the Royal Museum mounts a display of ceremonial dress. Drawn lrom Britain Until 16 April. A Design Council exhibition. See Science Festival listings. History of Photography 8 April. Lectures at 11am. 1.30pm and 2.30pm. See Science Festival listings. I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange . Midlothian, 663 7519. Tue—Fri IOam—4.30pm; Sat & Sun noon-5pm. Devoted to the history of miningin Midlothian, built on a mining site.


Exhibitions iorm a major part of the Science Festival. Here we list, by title, onlythe exhibitions running in the course oithis issue of The List. Note that not all the exhibitions run throughout the period, so take care to check the dates. Venue numbers reierto the venue list and map on page 00. I Again the Sun: Poetry Related to Science Scottish Poetry Library (venue 31). Until 12 Apr. A literary exhibition with readings ofpoems with a scientific connection at lunchtime on the 6 and 8 April.

I Apollo to the Moon, and the Universe Beyond Royal Observatory. L'ntil end Oct. Mon—Fri l0am—4pm; Sat noon— 5pm. 20 years ago. man made his first giant leapot‘ planetaryexploration . . .'l‘hisexl1ibition commemorating the manned moon missions will be opened by the first American in space. Allan Shepard. See also (ieology in Action above and feature. I Art in Science The Shore (iallcry (venue


34). Until 20 May. Mon—Sat anm—Spm.

Closed Sun. Free. Paintings by Alistair ,

Buchanan ofthe locations ofscientific breakthoughs. including the workplaces of John Logic Baird and John Napier. Also on show are the results of the W.M. Gerrard and Sons sponsored children's art competition.

I Art in Scottish Industry The Scottish Gallery (venue 33). Until 3 May. Mon—Fri l0am—6pm; Sat 10am— 1pm. Closed Sun. Free. Exhibition of prints from 1770—1900 showing the development of communication in Scotland.

I Audiovisual Sculptures by Marie-Jo La Fontaine Fruitmarket Gallery (venue 10). 225 2383. Until 14 May. Mon—Sat l0am--5.30pm; Sun 1.30—5.30pm. Free. Exhibition by Antwerp born artist. Marie Jo Lafontaine. who has specialised since 1982 on spectacular video installations that focus on the contest of passions between men and women.

I Bioclimatic Architecture University of Edinburgh. Upper Library Old College (venue-11). Until 15 Apr. Exhibition examining different theories of building design and their relationship to humanity's desire for buildings that are both practical and reflect the occupants‘ status and lifestyle.


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The Fax has beeped and burbled its way into an oliice communications revolution, but how do these machines work?

The iirst step in sending a Fax is establishing a telephone link with another Fax machine. Once this has been done, the sending machine scans the page to be ‘iaxed’ with an image-sensing bar made up at more than 1000 individual light-sensitive detectors. This builds up an image at the page as a grid of about 2 million

black or white rectangles. This coded image at the page is transmitted to the receiving machine using two distinguishable sound tones to represent the black and white rectangles. The receiving machine interprets this signal as It arrives along the phone line, and builds up its own Image oi the taxed page. Finally the receiving machine prints out this image, llne byline, using heat sensitive paper and a print head that scans across the page applying heat to the parts that need to be black, leaving the white bits unheated.

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