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* Celebrating history is the theme of the Historical Association's annual conference at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology from September 12 to 14. Contributors include Michael Gorman, history and geography adviser, Wiltshire; Christine Counsell, history education lecturer, Cambridge University; and Jamie Byrom, history adviser, Devon. Workshops will focus on history's role in raising achievement and developing literacy, and on using information technology. Fee: Pounds 130 per day. The Historical Association, 59A Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH, tel: 0171 735 3901.

* The Historical Association's third Teaching history 14-19 conference will be held on November 14 at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge. Update and methodology sessions include the Russian Revolution; European Reformation; 19th-century Britain; early modern Britain; raising achievement at GCSE; and using information technology. Details as above.

* The Imperial War Museum is marking the 80th anniversary of the Armistice with a programme of events including a conference on November 13 entitled 'The First World War: the aftermath' for sixth-form and college groups. It will focus on the war's social and political impact on Britain and the implications of the war and the Treaty of Versailles for Italy and Germany, including the rise of fascism in both countries. Speakers include Professor Donald Sassoon, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London; and Peter Simkins, Imperial War Museum historian. Documentary archive film will be shown. Fee: Pounds 7 (accompanying teachers free). Details: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, tel: 0171 416 5313.

* Want to plan a battlefield tour for key stage 3 and GCSE students? The Imperial War Museum is running a workshop for secondary teachers on October 6, looking at practical arrangements, how to interpret the site and cemeteries and how to use museum archives and galleries either for a preliminary visit or follow-up work. Fee: Pounds 20. Details as above.

* National training provider, Stands for Education, is running a course entitled 'How to implement target setting in the history classroom simply, efficiently and effectively' in Leeds (November 4), London (November 12), Birmingham (November 24) and London (December 3). Details: SFE, Maggs House, 78 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QX, tel: 0117 983 8800; e-mail: * Other SFE courses include: 'How to develop an effective history department,' aimed at experienced and aspiring heads of history, in Leeds (November 27), London (December 1), Birmingham (December 8) and London (December 10); and 'How to support special educational needs and English as an additional language pupils in the history classroom' in Manchester (November 4), London (November 10), Nottingham (November 12) and London (November 18). All courses cost Pounds 159 plus VAT including meals, tuition and course material. Details as above

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