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SEPTEMBER 13 THE VICTORIANS TO THE NEW ELIZABETHANS Opening of "spectacularly transformed" galleries at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2. Exhibits range from the pre-Raphaelites to the neo-Romantics, The Bront sisters to TS Eliot and Disraeli to Macmillan. Details: 0171 306 0055.

SEPTEMBER 14 CHRISTIAN SCHILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE Vernon Hale will give the 20th annual lecture at Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE1, 10.30am. Anyone interested in primary education welcome. Fee: Pounds 2.

SEPTEMBER 14-15 COLORES DE COLOMBIA Celebration of Colombian culture at the Barbican Centre, London EC2, with free foyer music by Colombian bands, dance displays on the lakeside terrace, films, drumming and dance workshops, craft stalls and food. For children, there are costume-making workshops to prepare for Sunday's Grand Carnival procession which includes "La Pinata", a giant globe filled with presents. The highlight is a world-first collaboration between the two great divas, Toto la Momposina and Celina Gonzalez, tickets Pounds 7.50-Pounds 13.50. Details: 0171 638 8891.

SEPTEMBER 15 FESTIVAL OF CULTURE Sample the music, food and dance of India, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and Zambia at Pestalozzi Children's Village, Sedlescombe, Battle, East Sussex, 11am-5pm. Music will be provided by the Gurkhas and there will be a children's amusement area. Admission: Pounds 2.50 adults, Pounds 1.50 childrenconcs. The village educates students from developing countries so that they can help their own communities when they return home. Details: Val Winslade, 01424 870444.

SEPTEMBER 18 A SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP Launch of a parent information video at the Harrington Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 7-9pm. Speaker: Dr I McKinlay, senior lecturer in child health, Manchester University. Produced for Lancashire Parent Partnership by Channel 10 Video Productions, the video is aimed at parentscarers of children with special needs and can be purchased at the launch for Pounds 10 (normally Pounds 20 with 25 per cent discount for Lancashire schools). Details: 01772 787551.

SEPTEMBER 21-28 NATIONAL ASTRONOMY WEEK Science and astronomy-related activities for children and adults will take place at the Old Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and at venues nationwide to mark the 150th anniversary of the discovery of Neptune which coincides with a total eclipse of the moon. The programme includes: "Discovering new planets", a lecture for 7 to 15-year-olds, September 21, 2pm; Flamsteed, a dramatic reconstruction about the first Astronomer Royal, September 22 and 28, noon, 1pm and 3pm; and the Greenwich Planetarium Show, September 22-24 and 26-28, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Details: 0181 858 4422 or 0181 293 9618 (recorded).

SEPTEMBER 27 1995 A-LEVEL GEOGRAPHY APPEAL The Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations will hear the appeal at the Great Western Hotel, London W2, 10am. Open to the public. Details: 0171 243 9245.

OCTOBER 23-24 THE BUSINESS SECURITY EXHIBITION In reaction to recent tragic events, schools have been forced to improve security measures, but how can they avoid turning into unworkable fortresses? Seminar sessions at this exhibition in the Business Design Centre, London N1, are free to anyone responsible for school security. Topics include: "Schools security: what are your options?" with Inspector Roger Linthwaite, crime prevention officer, Sussex Police, and two headteachers; CCTV; Internet and computer security; and dealing with workplace violence. The exhibition is supported by The Times. Details: Oakleigh Fischer, 0171 727 8400.

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