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The private and hidden territory of people's living rooms is the theme of a free exhibition at the Museum of St Albans, Hertfordshire. It looks at how one house has changed over 80 years, how people used to light, clean and heat their living rooms, and how they entertained themselves - from the piano of Victorian times to the television of today. Schools line: 0727 819341.

NOVEMBER 26 COUNCIL FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND ACADEMIC STANDARDS Meeting of CAFAS at 1.30pm in Room MB 307, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1. Details: Geraldine Thorpe, 081 986 3004.

DECEMBER 3 AND 4 STORYTELLING AND CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS Festive stories from the past for three to six-year-olds, 3-3.45pm, and children aged six upwards, 3.45-4.30pm, at Ragged School Museum, 46-48 Copperfield Road, London E3. On day two children aged six upwards will learn about the history of the Christmas cracker and make their own to take home. Free on a first come first served basis. Details: 081 980 6405.

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