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The Historical Association's annual meeting and Celebrating History weekend will be based at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool from April 16 to18.

There will be visits to explore Georgian Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool's Atlantic slave trade, Albert Dock, Pier Head and Ince Blundell Hall and the Mersey ferry. Professor Harry Dickinson will give a talk, "Charles James Fox in Caricature", and Professor Sir Ian Kershaw will share his expertise on Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Fee: pound;230 residential; pound;80 single supplement; pound;150 non-residential. Tel: 020 7735 3901. Email:

"Belonging to Europe - small nation, big issues", the annual professional training course run by Euroclio (European Standing Conference of History Teachers' Associations), will be held in Cardiff from March 29 to April 4.

Organised by the Association of History Teachers in Wales, it will explore the role history plays in socialising children; how far a state agenda and a national consensus about interpretation of the past should inform history in schools; teaching local history from the perspective of common European influences; and how the concept of interpretations is approached throughout Europe. A visit to the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagan's, will show how reconstructions of the past can be used to develop an understanding of national heritage. Peggy George, ESIS, G5, Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd, RCT, CF37 5YL.

Tel: 01443 845407

Lighthouse Professional Development is running a course on improving teaching and learning in KS4 history in Manchester, March 12; London, March 16 and June 30; Leeds, June 23; Bristol, July 8. Also planned is one on ASA2 history in Leeds, June 22; London, June 29; and Bristol, July 7. Fee per course: pound;175 plus VAT.

Tel: 0800 587 8880.

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