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A new exhibition charting the lives and discoveries of three of Britain's greatest explorers opens at the National Maritime Museum.(Preview on page 20, TES2) It focuses on Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook and Sir John Franklin. Blood looks at Drake's circumnavigation of the world and the defeat of the Spanish Armada; Sea considers Cook's Pacific voyages and charting of the ocean from New Zealand to the Artic; and Ice charts Franklin's epic Arctic expeditions and his final attempt to find the North West passage in 1845.

National Maritime Museum. Adults Pounds 5.50, concessions Pounds 4.50, children Pounds 3, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) Pounds 16. Details: 0181 858 4422 or 0181 293 9618.

February 3


The Northern Poetry Library is holding a symposium on poetry and film at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham. There will be a discussion followed by screenings of poetry on film, introduced by their directors or producers. The films include Blue Scars, made by students at Ashington High School with the poet Matthew Sweeney. Panel members at Verse on Screen will be Daisy Goodwin, producer of BBC's The Bookworm, Trevor Hearing, senior producer at Tyne Tees Television, W H Herbert, Scots poet and Northern Arts literary fellow, Chris Meade, director of the Poetry Society and Donny O'Rourke, former executive producer of BBC Scotland and now writing fellow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities.

Tickets: Pounds 6, students Pounds 4.

Details: Nicholas Baumfield, 01670 511156 or Queen's Hall Arts Centre, 01434 607272.

February 15 at 17.30


Royal Society Technology Lectures aim to present and generate discussion of topics directly related to the application of science and technology in industry or social science. The second comprehensive report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has involved hundreds of the world's scientists and technologists. The report, which is in the process of publication, discusses some of the basic questions; how certain are we about the science, can we identify the impact of climate change on the livelihood and activities of humans?

Details: The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y. Tel: 0171 839 5561 ext 2576 February 17

A-LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES (ISLAM) COURSES Limitations and Possibilities The Education Society is running this seminar for anyone involved in or interested in teaching Islamic Studies. Venue:The Muslim College, Ealing, London W5. Details: 0181 699 1887

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