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Wed 25 & Thu 26 Nov, Wed 2 & Thu 3 Dec. 10am-4pm. £6 (£1.50/£4.50). Edinburgh Castle, info: 668 8830/8686. The Historic Scotland season continues with more performances of Iivin history, drama and comedy. Alba Adventure Company present A Redcoat So dier Of King George, with stories of life in the Castle in the aftermath of the Jacobite Uprising and A Scottish Clansman, who will describe the clothing and the


The Cancer Research Campaign Scotland Art Exhibition Until Sat 21 Nov. Tue—Fri l0.30am-—9pm; Sat 10.30am—5.30pm. Free. Adam House. Chambers Street. info: 343 I344. An eclectic collection of 2000 paintings will adorn the walls of Adam House to aid the funds of the Cancer Research Campaign. There is also a whole host ofjewellery and crafts for sale as the Campaign celebrates its 75th anniversaryChristmas Bazaar Sat 21 Nov. l0aiii-- 4pm. 50p (free for the under l2s). Walpole Hall. Chester Street. 225 6293. A chance to buy some Christmas presents. listen to live music in the Song School and contribute to the funds of eight Edinburgh-based groups such as the Waverley Singers. St Mary‘s Music School aiid Calliei'ata.

Heart Energy Mon 23 Nov. 7.30pm. £l0. Queen‘s l-lall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. The Life Foundation School of Therapeutics presents a night in which the art of successful and joyful living will be made plain to you by Dr Mansurh Patel and Elizabeth Rowan. Morningside Justice And Peace Group Wed 25 Nov 8; 2 Dec. l0.30ani. 50p. Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 l628/229 l()20. The group’s autumn season of talks on topics of local. national and global concern continues with Internet And The Information Sue/'er (Wed 25 Nov) followed by the final talk of the season. 'Iiir .‘lllt/ I’m-eriv (Wed 2 Dec).

Amnesty International Ceilidh Fri 27 Nov. 8piii—midnight. £6 (£4). St Brides Centre. Orwell Terrace. info: 557 2957. The Marwicks Ceilidh Band will be raising both roofs and consciousness while you can win prizes galore iii a huge raffle. including flight tickets.


Brass Rubbing Centre

Chalmers Close. Royal Mile. 556 4364. Mon—Sat l()ani-—5pm. Free. but there is a charge for making a rubbing. Housed in the apse of a Gothic church dating back to I460. the centre houses a selection of church brasses and ancient Pictisli replicas as well as lots ofcrayons at your disposal.

Camera Obscura

Castlehill (Royal Mile). 226 3709. Daily l0am-5p.n. £l.95—£3.95 (£2.50-£3.l5). Pick tip a pedestrian in your hand at this attraction. which gives visitors a real- time, 360’ image of the city. There is also ati exhibition devoted to holographs and photography on the lower lloors.

Deep-Sea World

North Queensferry. File. (H.383 4! I880. Mon-Fri l0am-5pni; Sat & Sun l0am-—6piii. £6. l 5 (£3.55. £4.25). Famous

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for its underwater tunnel. which brings visitors face-to-face with a huge collection of fish native to our coastlines. Deep-Sea World also houses an Amazonian rain forest display. a touch-pool and educational facilities. Expen staff are on hand to answer questions and. thanks to the latest communications technology. visitors can even talk to divers as they feed the animals in the aquarium.

Edinburgh Castle

225 9846. Daily 9.30am—5pm. £6

l .50-£4.50). Although much of the castle‘s medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks in the l9th century. continuing excavations aim to redress this. ()ther attractions include James lV's famous cannon. Mons Meg. lots of military silverware and. of course. The Stone Of Destiny. used to crown Scottish kings since time began.

Huntly House

142 Canongate. 529 4143. Mon—Sat l0am—5pm. Free. Packed with historic artefacts. this restored l6th century mansion tells the story of Edinburgh‘s past and its people and houses important collections of Edinburgh silver and glass. Scottish pottery and shop signs.

Museum Of Childhood

42 High Street. 5294142. Mon-Sat l0am-—5pm. Free. Founded in I955. the museum has five public galleries with all manner of archive material and old toys relating to childhood through the ages. Also showing: Thank You For The Fund We [fat see Edinburgh Art listings. page 92.

Museum Of Scotland

Chambers Street. 247 42l9. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun noon—5pm. The new museum. which will house a thematically-arranged exploration of Scotland‘s history. opens to the public on Tue l Dec. See feature. page 22.

Newhaven Heritage Museum Newhaven Harbour. 55l 4l65. Daily noon—5pm. Free. Memorabilia and reconstructed scenes tell the story of Newhaven and its sea-going heritage. from its origins as a naval dockyard to its continued use as a fishing port.

The People's Story

Canongate Tolbooth. I63 Canongate. 529 4057. Mon—Sat l0am—5pm. Free. Situated in the (‘anongate Tolbootli. the sights. sounds and even smells of [Edinburgh folk from the 18th century onwards are faithfully reproduced.

Royal Museum Of Scotland

2 Chambers Street. 247 42 I9. Mon—Sal l0ani—-5pin: Sun noon—5pm: Tue l0am—8pm. £3—£5 (£l.50—£2.50). A l9th century museum housing international collections of natural history. geology. science. technology and the decorative arts. plus two permanent exhibitions: Art & Industry and The Ivy Wu Gallery. Also


showing: Chinese Lacquer. Photographic [)i'splav. Jewellery Moves and Making Weaves The Basketnialter A rt see Edinburgh Art listings. page 92.

Royal Observatory Visitor Centre Blackford Hill. 668 8405. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm: Sun noon—5pm. £2.50

l .50). This attraction is a mine of information on the heavens. from the latest interactive CD-Roms on space and astronomy to the obsei'valory's ongoing work in Hawaii and Australia. Public star-gazing sessions take place every Friday night from October to March.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

354 Castlehill. The Royal Mile. 220 ()44 1. Daily 9.30am—4.30pm. £4.95 (£2.50—£3.50). Take a romp through the traditions and history of yer national drink at this fully interactive attraction. Highlights include a lesson from a ghost iiiaster-blender. a barrel-car ride through whisky history and a well-stocked bar in which to test your newly-acquired expertise.

Scottish Telecom World Of Communications

Saltire Court. l0 Cambridge Street. 473 3939. Tue—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. This fully interactive exhibition looks at the history of communication featuring everything from Morse Code and old style telephones to computerised displays.

Writers Museum

Lady Stair‘s House. Lady Stair's Close. 529 490l. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. A treasure-house of items relating to three of Scotland's most famous writers: Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Also showing: Travels With A Donkey —- see Edinburgh Art listings. page 92.


St Andrew’s Week Wed 25-Mon 30 Nov. Various venues. St Andrews. info: 0l334 47202 I. The very best of Scottish culture is celebrated with a host of activities and performers. including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (below). Donald Dewar giving the St Andrew‘s Day address. author Ian Rankin talking about his creation Inspector Rebtis while Scotland's Larder will give you an insight into the country's cuisine. Craft Fayre Fri 27 Nov. 7pm. Bowfield Country Club. Howwood. Ayrshire. info: ()l505 503779. An annual fayre with proceeds going to Ayr Hospice. The stalls will be selling chocolate. salt dough. jewellery. wrought iron. flowers. interior design gifts and baubles for the tree. Conservation Day Sat 28 Nov. l0am—3.30pm. Chatelherault Country Park. Carlisle Road. Hamilton. info: 0|698 426213. Give the Countryside Ranger a hand in clearing the small conifers which threaten the lovely bluebell wood. Tools. training and lunch are all provided. Advance booking is advised.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra play at various venues on St Andrew's Week, Wed ZS-Mon 30

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