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  • 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:        Peter Brignell or Lynn Mead

    Meetings:     Tuesday  4th      10.30 - 12.30


  • History of Transport


    The group covers all modes of transport on land, water and air. but motoring is our main area of interest.  Members prepare one talk a year and previous 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


  • History-Post Classical to Early Modern


    Formerly the Medieval  History Group. We look at all aspects of life, politics and science through the ages.  Each Member researches a topic and gives a presentation once a year. We also organise occasional visits.

    Medieval history 300

    Contact :   Linda Gilbert     or      Jennifer Ruffles

    Meetings :   Wednesday,  1st,  10.00 - 12.00

  • Industrial Heritage


    Industrial Heritage covers a wide range of Industrial Process and Traditional Industries ranging from past times until the present day. Subjects have ranged from Archery to Cricket Balls, from Trolley Buses to Funicular Railways and where the Gas holders at Otford went.

    Industrial heritage 300


    Contact :   David Gardner

    Meetings :   Fridays,   3rd,   2:00 - 4:00 pm

    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 Forrester

    Meetings :   Tuesdays,  2nd,  2.00 - 4.00


  • London Villages

    London Villages

    This New Group will study the London villages that form part of the current Greater London area

    At our first meeting we agreed to start our programme with Clerkenwell. Subjects for the future include Greenwich, Chelsea and Marylebone.

    Each group member will choose a subject (person, building, event/s) connected with the village and do a 15/20-minute presentation.  The programme for each village will begin with a scene setting talk from one member.
    Early reading has revealed some interesting Clerkenwell residents, including “Lady” Lewson, who was a bit of a Miss Havisham figure, the Duchess of Newcastle, known as “Mad Madge” and Thomas Bretton, the “musical small coalman”.  In 1798 there were 7000 watchmaking artisans working in the village and in 1715, for the sum of two shillings and sixpence, you could watch fights between men and dogs and women.  Clerkenwell was also home to a monastery and three prisons and was the setting for Oliver Twist.

    Contact: Beryl Mansell

    Meetings 3rd Thursday - 14:00 - 16:00


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  • 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   #

  • Researching 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.

    New Members Welcome. Please contact Jean Stirk via the link below

    Family history 1 300

    Contact :   Jean Stirk

    Meetings :   Wednesdays,   4th,  10.00 - 12.00

  • Taking an Age


    The group continues to explore periods of British history, including social, cultural and world affairs.  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. 


    Contact :   David Milman

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


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