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17th March 2000 at 00:00
The lives of the residents and staff of the Hanover Housing Association span the 20th century. They have put together an anthology, Tale of the Century, which juxtaposes meditations, memories, brief anecdotes and family-album photographs in an effective and evocative chronology.

This is life recalled by "ordinary" people with some extraordinary stories. We go from maypole dancing before 1914 to a teenage guitarist in 1999. We encounter zeppelins, gas masks (pictured), inter-war holidays, India's partition, a Kenyan leopard, pop artist Larry Rivers and disaster at a Lancashire fairground. Primary and secondary pupils will enjoy the teacher-free narratives. Tale of the Century (42pp) costs pound;3.95 (pound;2.95 for schools; audiotape available at same price). Hanover Housing Association, Hanover House, 1 Bridge Close, Staines TW18 4TB Tel: 01784 446 000 Website: www.hanover.org.uk Even editors and politicians need to be informed about Europe. Ordnance Survey's new wall map offers many incentives to understand how the continent works.

It is large (1300mm by 960mm), bright and clear. It combines physical relief with political boundaries, so that the setting of Kosovo or Chechnya among mountains can be quickly seen.

It also includes major roads, airports and railways, so tht holidays can be anticipated or trade routes traced.

There is a smaller inset map showing the relation of EU countries to their neighbours, and a marginal band giving capital cities, currencies, population figures and land area - much more informative than partisan editorials or speeches. Map of Europe costs pound;5.95 (in tube) or pound;14.95 (encapsulated) from bookshops and map shops. Website: www.ordsvy.gov.uk Any reflective teacher knows that education doesn't have to occur in schools to be valuable. Education Extra has issued a report on 17 partnerships developed by museums and galleries with pupils of primary and secondary age.

Some designed a website about alternative energy systems; some brought the sagas to life by meeting 'Vikings' at the Jorvik Centre. Others learned digital camera skills by promoting their own view of their neighbourhood.

The report deals with the planning necessary for a successful project, the experiences which make it memorable for participants, and the lasting impact itmight have - not just on pupils but on the institutions themselves.

Report Alive with Learning available free from Education Extra, 17 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL. Tel: 020 8709 9900. E-mail: info@educationextra.org.uk Website: www.educationextra.org.uk


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