The Scottish Maritime Museum was founded in 1981 by the West of Scotland Boat Association and has since created a large collection of shipbuilding and ship-repair tools and machinery. Until the arrival of the engine shop, there was nowhere to display the collection. Inside it all the main stages of shipbuilding will be demonstrated. Navigation equipment, harbour and lighthouse equipment will also be on display. The museum's extensive library of photographic records and archives from shipbuilding companies will be housed there as well.
The museum is open to the public annually from April until the end of October and this year the theme of the special exhibition - in other parts of the museum - is 'Messing About on the Water'. Visitors can board the museum's floating collection of vessels, including the harbour tug Garnock, the RAF Pinnace 1262 and the puffer Spartan. The next special event will be a Harbour Festival and Annual Raft Race on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.
Last year the museum rescued, and plans to restore, Carrick, the oldest clipper ship in the world, built in 1864 in Sunderland. Originally called The City of Adelaide, the boat traded between the British Isles and South Australia. After being sold many times, she ended her days as a floating club house of the RNVR Club, moored at Glasgow. For further information, contact the Scottish Maritime Museum, Laird Forge Buildings, Gottries Road, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8QE, telephone 0294 78283.
Photograph: Keith Gibson
Freightliners Farm, Islington, London, a charitable educational organisation celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is holding a jumble sale on Saturday 10 July, at 2pm. Produce made and grown on the farm will be for sale and money raised will go towards this year's pounds 18,000 shortfall in the farm's running costs. The farm's main funding comes from the London Borough of Islington but repairs, feed, veterinary and horticultural stock are paid for through fund-raising. The farm is seen as a working organisation rather than a zoo. It has a variety of animals - cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese - all free-range. The farm is open from Tuesdays to Sundays throughout the year.
Freightliners Farm, Sheringham Road, Islington, London N7 8PF, telephone 071-609 0467.
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