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UNTIL JULY 26: THE POWER OF THE POSTER

Social trends of the past 120 years from Toulouse-Lautrec to Saatchi amp; Saatchi are captured in this display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7, culled from its collection of more than 10,000 originals. Divided into three sections - Pleasure and Leisure; Protest and Propaganda; and Commerce and Communication - it includes works by Jules Cheret (the "founding father" of the poster), Jean Cocteau, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Alphonse Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. Related events include a free drop-in workshop, "Going graphic", where visitors can take photos in the museum with a digital image camera and, using a computer, make their own poster. The accompanying book costs pound;30. Details: 0171 938 8638.

APRIL 5-SEPTEMBER 6 - 40 YEARS OF PADDINGTON

Michael Bond's manuscript for the first Paddington novel, A Bear Called Paddington, and the original puppet used in the 70s animated television series are among exhibits at the London Toy and Model Museum, 2123 Craven Hill, London W2. Details: 0171 706 8000.

APRIL 9-AUGUST 31 - FERDINAND PORSCHE:DESIGN DYNASTY

Porsche may be best known for sports and racing cars but his contribution to vehicle design ranges from fire engines to amphibious cars and airship engines. This exhibition at the Design Museum, London SE1, includes his first car, the hub-driven electric Lohner-Porsche Chaise 1900, and rare prototypes, models and drawings of the world's favourite car, the Volkswagen Beetle. Details: 0171 378 6055.

APRIL 11-13 - A CELEBRATION OF EASTER: READINGS FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION

Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Fiona Shaw, Timothy West, Samantha Bond and other distinguished British actors will perform readings at St Giles' Church, Barbican Centre, London EC2, 3pm. Details: 0171 638 8891.

APRIL 12-13 - ARTISTS UNITE FOR WILDLIFE

David Shepherd, the well-known wildlife artist, and Rick Stein, the TV cook, are among the contributors to this fund-raising exhibition in aid of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust at Llanstephan House, Brecon, Powys, 11am-6pm. Details: 01597 823298.

APRIL 15-17 - TEACHER FAMILIARISATION DAYS

Teachers plus a partner are invited to Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey, from 2pm to check out its new education facility, The Discovery Centre, and other new attractions. The education service will be outlined, which includes free lectures and presentations and workbooks on maths, science and topics such as movement and camouflage. Special school group rates include two free tickets. Details: 01372 729560.

APRIL 16 - JAGUAR

Multimedia show at the Purcell Room, South Bank, London SE1 (2pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm) for children aged six upwards. It is based on Helen Cowcher's new picture book and is narrated by Nicola Davies, presenter of the BBC's Really Wild Show. Tickets: pound;5, pound;3.50 concessions. Details: 0171 960 4242.

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