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Experience life as a 16th-century sailor, by spending the night on the Golden Hinde. This replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, moored in the London borough of Southwark, provides families and school groups with the opportunity to sample authentic discomfort in the Tudor manner. A visit to the ship can be combined with a tour of the area, including an opportunity to be a Victorian patient in the old operating theatre nearby or explore the decks of warship HMS Belfast. Booking and information: 08700 118700.

Face to face Learn how sculptors have looked at the human face from earliest times by examining tomb effigies, death masks and the work of artists such as Henry Moore, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin in About Face at the Croydon Clocktower. On October 12, children and adults can make metal heads and, during half-term, artist Lucy Dean will lead a workshop in which participants will make heads on sticks.

Other events in October and November include mask-making and constructing models from paper and wire. Booking and information: 020 8253 1027.

Stages of design Sheffield museums and galleries invite you and your students to investigate designing for performance, including costume, lighting and projection, with a chance to see the work of 125 contemporary British performance designers. 2D

3D offers interactive displays showing the process from sketch to costume designs, stage models, storyboards, props, masks and computer visualisations. Teachers can get a sneak preview (booking essential) at the Millennium Galleries on October 17. There will be Inset days, workshops and two conferences. For more information, tel: 0114 278 2655.

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