NEPAL: A WORLD OF ITS OWN
The British Museum, London WC1, is contributing towards "Visit Nepal Year 1998" with an exhibition on the traditional art and life of the Kathmandu valley. On display are Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, painted manuscripts (among them an 18th-century narrative scroll), and British Library Oldfield watercolours of the valley before 20th-century growth and urbanisation. Details: 0171 323 85118854.
MAY AND JUNE
MAKE A SPLASH
To celebrate the International Year of the Ocean, Worldwide Fund for Nature is offering free marine-themed teaching resources to schools taking part in a sponsored swim to save our sharks, particularly the basking shark. A poster and factsheet will be sent upon registration and a free copy of Ocean Challenge (key stage 2) upon receipt of sponsorship money. Schools raising pound;500 or more will also receive the Our World, Our Water multimedia pack (key stage 23). Register now on 01483 426269.
Get sponsored to take your pet for a walk or organise a pet day at your school in aid of Macmillan Miles, which aims to raise pound;1 million to help the UK's estimated 1 million people living with cancer. If you don't have a furry friend, other fundraising ideas could include going for a fancy dress walk, knitting a mile or eating a mile of spaghetti. Macmillan Miles is supported by Next. Details: 01372 807000.
Highlights of this inaugural festival celebrating Kent's being "a great place to live and work" include the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Herbal Bed at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, and Fightback, a touring community play. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales will be performed at Richborough Roman Fort, Sandwich, and at Walmer Castle (also the venues for "Life in a Roman town" and "Life below stairs" sessions for all ages). Plus rural activities,street theatre, dance and theatre workshops and sports. Details: 01622 694045.
APPEAL: 1997 AS-LEVEL FURTHER MATHEMATICS
The Independent Appeals Authority for School Examinations will hear this appeal at Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London W11, 10am. Open to the public. Details: 0171 243 9245.
HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL
Film season with a game, set and match theme (including School for Scoundrels starring Terry-Thomas) at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, London SE1. The highlight will be an evening of archive footage on May 12, featuring tennis stars from the 1910s to the 1950s. Tickets: pound;6, pound;4.50 concessions (members get pound;1 off). Details: 0171 928 3232.
MAY 15-16 AND JUNE 26-27
MATHEMATICS AND GENDER: THE NATURE OF MATHS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
Exeter University course led by Dr Paul Ernest which can go towards an Exeter MEd. Fee: pound;195. Details: E Henderson, 01392 264838; e-mail: E.Henderson@ex.ac.uk MAY 16-22
ADULT LEARNERS' WEEK
The usual open days and award ceremonies at colleges and adult education organisations across the UK are augmented this year by a Learning at Work Day, May 21. Ideas and information available from ALW co-ordinators, the National Institute for Continuing Education (0116 204 4200). The Campaign for Learning (Royal Society of Arts) is running a free conference on May 21 at Kensington Town Hall, London SW7, where leading industrialists will examine why they are committed to learning at work and the winners of NIACE's New Learning Opportunities Awards will be announced. Details: Michelle Wake, 0171 930 5115.
HAVE A GO!
More than 50 special events, including painting, photography, joinery, music and pond-dipping, are being run at the National Trust's historic properties for Adult Learners' Week. Details of these and other events run throughout the year for adult learners available from: 0181 315 1111 or on Website: http:www.nt-education.org MAY 16-24
This year's themes, to be celebrated by museums throughout the UK, are: celebrating museums in the community, conservation and hidden treasures. Special events range from "Sheffield Museums Unwrapped" to Edinburgh's "Around the world in five museums" and many charging museums will offer free admission. A guide listing participating museums is available for pound;2 from: PO Box 9995, London SW1W OBZ. Further information from museums, tourist information centres or Website: www.museumsweek.co.uk MAY 17
WINNIE THE POOH DAY
At the Bull in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Richard Medrington's puppets will celebrate Eeyore's Birthday at noon, show that Tiggers don't Climb Trees at 3pm and return to A A Milne's attic to revisit the audience's childhood in Now We Are Very Old at 8pm. The first two performances are suitable for Pooh lovers of all ages, the third for older children and adults. Tickets: pound;3.25 daytime shows; pound;6, pound;4 evening shows; pound;9 all three. Details: 0181 449 0048.
A TASTE OF THE ORIENT
The BI MA Dance Company is offering workshops in Essex schools, based on movements from their latest work, Chinese Takeaway, to meet curriculum needs at all key stages. The company's work blends contemporary Western and traditional Chinese dance styles and uses elements as diverse as Tai Chi and Chinese opera. Workshops are supported by a teachers' resource pack. Fee: pound;275 (five hours) or around pound;120 plus travel costs (two-and-a-half hours). Participants can get discounts on tickets for Chinese Takeaway being performed at Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford on May 20. Workshop bookings: essexdance, 01245 346036. Tickets: 01245 606505.