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Forthcoming Historical Association (HA) events include its annual general meeting in London on April 5, a conference in Carlisle in July, and various tours. The HA has more than 60 branches, which run lectures, seminars and other events. HA, 59A Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH. Tel: 020 7735


Training provider Philip Allan Updates is running a student conference about the Nazi regime, on November 20 in London. The company also runs teacher workshops on: AQA A2 history - meeting the demands of the specification, February 10, London; OCR ASA2 history - review and overview, February 12, London; OCR ASA2 history - teaching the 16th-century options, March 19, York; ASA2 history - teaching the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance specification, July 4, York; and AQA AS history - meeting the demands of the specification, July 7, London. Conference bookings department, Philip Allan Updates, Market Place, Deddington, Oxfordshire OX15 OSE. Fee: pound;185. Tel: 01869

"School History on the Move: Changes in the Learning and Teaching of History in the Decade of Educational Reforms" is the theme of a conference taking place in Bologna, Castel San Pietro, from March 25 to 30. Organised by the European Standing Conference of History Teachers' Associations, the programme includes lectures on the changes that have taken place in Italy. Christine Counsell, who is deputy president of the HA, will talk about the UK experience. Residential conference fee: E600700 for members; E650750 for non-members. EUROCLIO Secretariat, Juliana van Stolberglaan 41, 2595 CA

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Year 7 and 8 students are invited to write a short story set in AD78 during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian for a Roman Historical Fiction writing competition sponsored by the publisher John Murray and the Historical Association. Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries children's historical fiction series, is on the judging panel and Year 7 students will themselves decide which are the best four entries. Closing date: January 24. Winners will receive pound;40 and an engraved paperweight. Their schools will receive pound;75 worth of books and a year's free HA subscription.TelFax: Dave Fraser, history adviser for Dorset, on 01305 250645

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