The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, is presenting an exhibition of Kuba textiles which will feature early and recent examples, as well as a collection made by Wilfred Thesiger's father when he was British consul from 1907 to 1909 in Azerbaijan. In 1910, the arrival of Kuba textiles in Europe was an important factor in recognition of the aesthetic qualities of African art by such artists as Matisse. The exhibition runs until April 29 (museum closed April 13, 14). Contact: Kate White, Pitt Rivers Museum, (Tel: 0865 09, fax 0843).


The Durham Branch of the Historical Association has organised a sixth-form conference at the University of Durham from 10am on March 28, which will feature the following: Professor Batho (Durham) "The Enigma of Mary Queen of Scots"; Professor Cohn (Warwick) "The Spanish Armada in its European Context". Contact: Professor Batho. Tel: 0191 374 3498.


New College, Oxford has organised a European colloquium on education on April 5-8. Themes include: the role of the state in education, the need for diversity and the relationship between education and ecology. Speakers are: Crispin Tickell, Richard Pring, David Hargreaves, Robert Peterkin, Andreas Suchantke and Rudolf Mees. Details and booking form: European Forum for Freedom in Education, 96 Carlingcott, Nr.Bath, BA2 8AW. Tel/fax: 01761 433733.


The Oral History and Religion Society at the University of the West of England, Bristol has organised a conference on April 21-23. Topics will include: British Buddhists and religious educators; Changing attitudes to Catholic priests in Newfoundland; The celestial empire: British Protestant missionaries in China; Memories of Baha'is 1930-1990; Mediating the world through Krishna; The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church under Soviet rule; Turkish women and Islam. Contact: Brenda Corti, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, Colchester, C04 3SQ. Tel: 01206 873333/ fax 01206 873410.


A conference on "Alternative Futures and Popular Protests" has been organised to explore the interaction between popular movements and the ideas that animate their leaders and supporters which contribute to shaping their fates.

The conference will be held on April 4 - 6 at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Speakers include: Lawrence Goodwyn, Bert Klandermans and David Montgomery. Contact: Christine Davies, Humanities Faculty. Tel: 0161 247 1766/fax 0161 247 6321.

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