AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 2 THE PICTURE POSTCARD SHOW
This exhibition and sale at the New Royal Horticultural Hall, Greycoat and Elverton Streets, Westminster, London SW1, 11am onwards, is a must for anyone who enjoys the second most popular hobby after philately. Designs include: Edwardian personalities, period scenes, comic seaside cards, patriotic and sentimental embroidered First World War cards, and art nouveau. Most cards sell for between a few pence and Pounds 5. Admission including souvenir brochure: Pounds 2-Pounds 4, accompanied children free.
UNTIL OCTOBER 8 BEHIND THE NURSERY DOOR: GROWING UP IN A GREAT HOUSE
An exhibition about the generations of children that have grown up at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire and at other great houses. Exhibits include a large late-19th-century Noah's Ark made in Germany, which still contains 80 carved wooden animals, although Noah and his family have jumped ship. Plus clothes, child-size furniture, toys and memorabilia ranging from a splendid model theatre to a mahogany correction board intended to correct posture and deportment.
Details: 01780 52451.
UNTIL NOVEMBER 23 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VJ DAY IN DORSET
Events include: thanksgiving services, carnivals and gala parties in Poole, Christchurch and Weymouth, Victory fireworks display on Bournemouth Pier on August 18, and an anniversary concert on August 20 at Bryanston Arts Centre, Blandford. The programme culminates on November 23 with "Let the children sing for peace", a performance by primary pupils from Devon, France, Germany and Holland with the Band of the Devon and Dorset Regiment. Details in VJ Day desk newsletter, Dorset Tourism, 01202 221205.