UNTIL JUNE 6
Pictures from the South East Arts collection have been selected by local teachers for this exhibition at Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Kent, as part of the Whitstable Contemporary Arts Festival. Free admission. Details: Manda Gifford, 01227 276998.
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20
NIGHTINGALES: FROM POULTICES TO PRACTITIONER NURSES
One hundred years of nursing history remembered at the Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas's Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1. This exhibition documents how the Nightingale School changed nurse training, the disrupting effect of World War II, the formation of the National Health Service and the school's closure in 1996. Details: 0171 620 0374.
UNTIL NOVEMBER 14
150 YEARS OF THE STEAM TRAIN
To mark the arrival in Grimsby Town station 150 years ago of the first passenger-carrying steam train, North East Lincolnshire is organising a year of celebrations. Events will include: steam open days, exhibitions, classic car rallies, a Friends of Thomas the Tank Engine seaside weekend at Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway (June 20-21, pound;1.50 adults, 75p children), ghost train and a kids week, October 26-30. Details: Immingham Museum, 01469 577066.
MAY 19-SEPTEMBER 2
Prince Ranjitsinhji practising at the nets in Australia in 1897 and the world's first cricket film are among National Film and Television Archive clips going on the road, starting in Southampton and ending in Dublin. Cricket's "Golden Age" from before World War I to the 1950s is also documented. Each performance will be presented by cricket author David Frith. Details: 0171 957 8920.
OPENING MAY 21
THE CANON PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
Works by celebrated photographers including Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Bailey, Don McCullin and Helen Chadwick will be displayed in this new Victoria and Albert Museum gallery during a five-year programme. The first exhibition, an overview of the Vamp;A's collection of 300,000 photographs, runs until November. Images range from an 1839 daguerreotype of a view from Trafalgar Square to recent Prada fashion shots. Details: 0171 938 8407.
HANDS-ON HAMMER HORROR!
Create scary sound effects, bring vampires to life with bat mask-making or make Dracula puppets at free workshops for anyone over five at the Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, London SE1, 10am-6pm daily. Linked to the current Hammer exhibition, other activities include: set design (creating creepy castles and graveyards, tombs of the Egyptian Mummy and Frankenstein's laboratory), acting in a horror scene and seeing it played back on a TV screen. Details: 0171 401 2636.
MAY 25-28 A BEE IN MY BONNET Children aged five upwards can help save the Mad Hatter from ruin by following a one-hour performance trail linked to Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood's exhibition on "Alice: the Wonderland of Lewis Carroll". Free tickets are available half an hour before each performance (11am, 1pm, 3pm). Also on offer every weekend until June 21 are free drop-in Alice art corner workshops for children aged three upwards where they can make masks, strange flowers, paper hats and distorting mirrors. Details: 0181 980 2415.
CONSTRUCTION SKILLS TRAINING: A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE
NEW PROFESSIONALISM IN FURTHER EDUCATION
Free staff-student research seminars organised by the School of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at Greenwich University, Avery Hill Campus, 5-6.30pm (refreshments at 4.30pm). The first will be given by Linda Clarke, Westminster University, and the second by Dr Tony Ingold, Birmingham College. Details: Patrick Ainley, 0181 331 9755;e-mail: P.Ainley@Gre.ac.uk
CIRCUS ETHIOPIA: AN AFRICAN MARVEL
KRONOS FOR CHILDREN
Half-term events on the South Bank, London SE1. The first, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11.30am, combines acrobatics, dazzling juggling and African music. Tickets: pound;5 children and concessions, pound;7 full price. The second, in the Royal Festival Hall, 2.30pm, offers children aged seven upwards the chance to play with one of the world's great quartets. Every child will be given a musical instrument - a "drumpet" - to take home. Tickets: pound;5. Details: 0171 960 4242.