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  • Classical Studies


    We shall continue to study Athens in the 5th Century B.C. and its influence on Western culture, using a comprehensive OU handbook, backed up by relevant material from art, literature and archaeology. Our understanding is deepened by reading Greek plays and theatre visits. Members may prepare short presentations or just participate in the lively discussions.

    Classical studies 300

    Contact :   Diana Atkinson

    Meetings :   Thursdays,   2nd & 4th,   2.00 - 4.00

  • Family History


    The aim is to help members extend their own family trees by developing family history research skills using a range of sources, both paper records and internet sites. Occasional visits to record offices.

    Family history 1 300

    Contact :   Jean Stirk

    Meetings :   Wednesdays,   4th,  10.00 - 12.00

  • History of Art


    The group discusses all areas of the history of art from the Classical period to Modernism.  Members choose the topics and the selection is stimulated by exhibitions or by their personal passions.  Each member is asked to introduce one subject each U3A year and to guide the group’s debate.  A wide range of projected images is employed to focus study.

    History of art 300

    Contact:        Lynn Mead

    Meetings:     Tuesday  4th      10.30 - 12.30

  • History of Transport


    The group covers all modes of transport but motoring is our main area of interest.  Members prepare one talk a year and last year examples included: Challenger Inquest, Morgan 4-wheel cars, London taxis, Diesel electric railways in Ceylon, History of Vauxhall, Rolls Royce car engines, History of tyres, Chevrolet Corvette, Ferguson tractors and Light Railways in Belgium.  We have 10 meetings per year & members prepare a talk yearly followed by a discussion.

    History of transport 300

    Contact :      Michael Harwood

    Meetings :   Thursdays,   3rd,   10.00 - 12.00

  • Industrial Heritage


    This group will look at our industrial heritage exploring areas of interest and its impact on social life and society today. The emphasis will be on the South East of England. Members can work individually or together to research topics of interest and where possible visits will be arranged to support the activity of the group. Topics studied last year were the rope making, coal mining and ship building in Kent, mills on the River Darenth, and precision engineering.

    Industrial heritage 300


    Contact :   Janet Jones

    Meetings :   Fridays,   3rd,   2 - 4

    Sue Christy’s Powerpoint presentation “Industries along the River Darenth”. 
    Click on the above link to download it

  • Industrial History


    This group covers topics drawn from all aspects of industrial archaeology and history.  Wherever appropriate and practicable there are visits to sites, normally in Kent or London.  Members work in pairs or singly to research and present the topics and to lead visits.  Interest rather than expertise is needed.

    Industrial history 300

    Contact :   Rob Weighill & Mike Forreste

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  2nd,  2.00 - 4.00

  • Local Studies & Visits


    Members of the group take it in turns, in pairs, to select a local village or town of interest.  They make a presentation to the others on the points of interest;  historical, architectural and the like, at a first meeting, and then lead the group on a visit to that location for the  second meeting the following month.

    Local studies & visits 300

    Contact :   Stephen Hale

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  4th,  alternately 2.00 - 4.00 and 10.00 - 4.00

  • London Studies 1


    This group started in September 2005. On a rota basis, we arrange visits to London and surrounding areas, including guided tours, on a bi-monthly basis. Coffee and lunch breaks are regarded as essential!  On occasions, we make up numbers for guided tours. Please give us your names if you can only commit to an occasional visit. The other month we meet locally to have details of the tours.

    London Studies 300

    Contact :   Diana Goymer

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  3rd,  2 pm

  • London Studies 2


    This is the 4th year of this group.  We have split into sub-groups of 2, 3 or 4 members, who select a subject, carry out research and present their findings at a house meeting.  This is followed one month later by a visit.

    London Studies 2 300

    Contact :   Mike Davies

    Meetings :   Mondays,  1st,  House Meeting,  10 am. followed the next month by an all-day visit.

  • Makers of History


    This is a small group of 8 members in Otford.  We take it in turn to give a short presentation of an historical character or event of the members choice, then open it up for discussion.

    The meetings always take place in my home in Otford, where there is plenty of parking

    Makers of history 300

    Contact :   Diana Arnaud

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,   2nd,   2.30 - 4.30

  • Medieval History


    This group looks at a range of topics in Europe during the medieval period. Subjects of interest are chosen by members for brief presentation and discussion. Topics covered recently include Medieval Medicine, Edward I and II, the Hundred Years War, the Wool Trade and the life and works of Chaucer.

    Medieval history 300

    Contact :   Linda Gilbert     or      Jennifer Ruffles

    Meetings :   Wednesday,  1st,  10.00 - 12.00

  • Military History


    This group, now in its 18th year, focuses on all forms of military conflict from the earliest times to wars within living memory.  Members choose a topic for individual research and spend a morning presenting it to the group.  Meetings normally take place between October and March.

    Military History 300

    Contact :   Nick White

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  fortnightly,  10.30 - 12.30

  • Peace & Conflict Studies


    The Peace and Conflict Group embraces a much wider area of interest than just military battles. As we have evolved we have recognised that the background to conflict has much wider consequences which embrace factors such as Politics, Sociology, Economics and Technology, and this leads to a wider view of the effects of conflict and how it shapes the world in which we live.
    Our studies to date have included a family connection to the Battle of Trafalgar, the complex background to the current Middle East conflict, Military Intelligence and its impact on technology. For the future will be exploring similar topics. New members welcome.

    Peace & conflict studies 300

    Contact :   Bob Ruffles

    Meetings :   Wednesdays,  2nd,  1.30 - 3.30

  • Taking An Age


    The group looks at all aspects of  history, with a special interest in the arts and literature of the period under study.  Members of the group take it in turns to give a presentation, usually PowerPoint, on as aspect of the period which interests them.  We also have an annual celebratory lunch with food representing the period under discussion.  We also make annual visits, sometimes abroad.  During the coming year we will be looking at the end of the Victorian era and moving on to the period up to 1914.


    Contact :   David Milman

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,   2nd & 4th,   2.00 - 4.30

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