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Conferences and courses

"Digging up people" is the theme of The National Army Museum's Battlefield Archaeology Conference at Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3, on July 24-25. Lectures will explore developments in the methods used to unearth evidence from the battlefield, which can give an insight into the weapons used and the soldiers who fought. Tickets cost pound;25 for one day, or pound;45 for two.

Tel: 020 7730 0717 ext. 2228


"The Duke of Marlborough and the Battle of Blenheim" is the title of a study day at the National Army Museum on July 3. It will trace the progress of the Blenheim campaign, placing it in the context of the 11-year War of the Spanish Succession. Tickets cost pound;18.

Tel: 020 7730 0717 ext. 2228


The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1, is running a course on July 9 for key stage 2 and 3 teachers called: "Teaching the Home Front 1939-45". Topics will include evacuation, the Blitz and rationing. A variety of teaching approaches will be explored, such as drama, role-play, and the use of artefacts. Course members will work in the galleries and participate in the Blitz Experience. The fee is pound;30 including lunch.

Tel: 020 7416 53135444

Also at the Imperial War Museum is an event on July 20 to mark the 60th anniversary of the failed German attempt to assassinate Hitler. The programme of films and talks is aimed at teachers and ASA2 students. The fee is pound;25 (pound;10 for students).

Tel: 020 7416 5439

Stands for Education is running courses on creating an inclusive history classroom in London, July 6 or 14, Leeds, July 7, Manchester, July 13. It will look at raising standards. The fee is pound;225 plus VAT.

Tel: 0117 311 5253

Lighthouse Professional Development is running the following courses:

"Brain-based learning in ASA2 history", Leeds, June 22, London, June 29 and Bristol, July 7; and "Improving teaching and learning in key stage 4 history", Leeds, June 23, London, June 30, Bristol, July 8. The fee is pound;175 plus VAT.

Tel: 0800 587 8880


Up to 2,500 castles, museums, theatres, military sites, private houses and factories will open to the public free of charge for English Heritage's annual Heritage Open Days, on September 10-13. Talks, walks, concerts and hands-on activities for families are also on offer.

Property openings include Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, which is designed in the style of a Greek Necropolis, and Victoria Baths in Manchester.

Details will be in Tourist Information Centres from mid-August and, from mid-July, at:

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