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The Historical Association's annual conference, Doing History, at Sheffield Hallam University on May 14 and 15 will feature workshops, talks and visits, and aims to cater for all education practitioners, as well as general enthusiasts.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Justin Champion from Royal Holloway, University of London who has been involved in several TV and radio shows about British history, including the Channel 4 drama documentary The Great Plague, and the ITV documentary series Kings and Queens.

Cutting-edge, 3-D digital images of historic Rosslyn Chapel have been produced as part of a project developed by Historic Scotland and the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art, to survey and interpret heritage structures. The chapel, a Category A-listed building dating back to 1446, gained worldwide fame from the publication of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code in 2004, followed by the film in 2006.

Terrestrial laser scanning, in combination with other digital technologies, is an effective method of documenting an object, building or landscape with great precision.

The information not only offers an accurate record of the chapel's current condition, but also critical dimensional information in the ongoing restoration process, which would normally take a surveyor over a year to complete.

For schools following the Edexcel history exam schemes, Mark Battye, the board's history subject adviser, is now posting regular updates on Twitter. His tweets include links to schemes of work, tips on useful books and the latest news on resources. To follow him, go to @Edexcel_History.

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