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Historical Association members are invited to its annual conference on "The Voice of History", being held April 7-10 at York University. Speakers include: Lady Antonia Fraser CBE, on the value of biography and history, and Professor Edward Royle, York University, on Chartism. Visits to the city and surrounding area are included in the programme. Fee: pound;280 residential (covers accommodation in Alcuin College and all meals including annual dinner); pound;145 non-residential. Details: HA, 59A Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH. Tel: 020 7735 3901.

"Pride of Place" is the theme of the Geographical Association's annual conference and resources exhibition at Birmingham University, April 17-19. Speakers include: Keith Grimwade, chair of the Education Standing Committee, on "Geography and the New Agenda: Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Sustainable Development"; and John Westaway, principal subject officer, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, on changes to AS and A-level geography. Sub themes include: " A place in the sun: physical geography in the Tropics"; "Trading places" (global and local economies, twinning); and "Place and chips" (computing). Fee: pound;20, pound;10 members. Fieldwork visits cost pound;8-pound;15.50 extra. University accommodation available at pound;30-pound;50. Hotel accommodation bookable separately. Details: Sarah Clarke, GA, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF. Tel: 0114 296 0088.

Gain new ideas on environmental education at the free Earthwatch Millennium Conference being held at the University Examination Schools, Oxford, April 15-16. Building on the environmental charity' Millennium Fellowship Programme, speakers include Earthwatch scientists such as Don Eaton on "Brazil's rainforest wildlife", Dr Munir Virani on "Raptors of the Kenyan rift valley"; and Peter Corkeron on "Queensland Dolphins". On the Saturday evening, renowned conservationist, wildlife author and film-maker, Professor David Macdonald, is giving a free public lecture on "Kalahari meerkats to Oxford foxes - thinking globally and acting locally". Workshops include: education for sustainable development; and how to become an eco-school. Details: Lynne Roscrow, Earthwatch Institute, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HJ. Tel: 01865 311601.

The Christian Education Movement is running the following courses: "Quality collective worship in the primary school", April 5, Nottingham; "Learning from religions" (secondary), May 23, Alliance House, Caxton Street, London SW1; "Key stage 1 RE:problems and responsibilities", June 8, Leicester; "Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development: RE's leading contribution" (secondary), June 13, Birmingham; "Improving A-level religious studies", June 16, south Manchester, fee pound;45, pound;40 subscribers; "Improving effectiveness in RE" (primary, secondary, special), June 16-17, Leeds; Quality collective worship in the primary school, June 26, Alliance House, London SW1, fee pound;175, pound;157 subscribers; and "An A-Z of RE:active learning strategies" (secondary) in Leeds (June 27) and Wakefield (July 5). Fee: pound;100, pound;90 subscribers unless otherwise stated. April McIntyre, CEM, Royal Buildings, Victoria Street DE1 1GQ.

Tel: 01332 296655.


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