Group 32. Leader – Michael A’Bear

We look at a wide range of historical subjects world-wide and are currently studying the 19th and early 20th century. Members are encouraged to give a talk to the group on a subject, event or person once every two to three years.

The group meets fortnightly and we have a coffee break in order to build in that important aspect of U3A – socialising. In addition to our study of the 19th/20th century, we hold an annual debate just before Christmas, and in June, we invite members of the group who may not have a lot of experience of speaking in public to try out a short talk of  to up to twenty minutes with no restriction on what part of history they cover. This means that in a morning, members will listen to four vastly different talks from different speakers.

Contact Diana Butler –  edesa99999@gmail.com  703136
Chairman Michael A’Bear abear1@btinternet.com
Meets Monday, 10.00 – 12.00. Twice monthly.

2018  Sep 10, 24 Oct 8, 22 Nov 5, 19 Dec 3, 17
2019  Jan 14, 28  Feb 11, 25  Mar 11, 25  Apr 15  May 13  Jun 3, 17

Programme of Talks
The podcast links all go the same page, the latest talk is always top of the page listings.

Sept 10     How the West was lost –   Michael A’Bear

How the West was lost – podcast of talk

Sept  24     The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures. –   Richard Thomas

The Boer Wars

Oct 8     19th Century Exhibition Fever   –  Joanne Watson

Exhibition Fever podcast

A day at the Great Exhibition (V and A)

Oct 22    The strange death of Liberal England   – Robert Sykes

Podcast of Strange Death Talk

Nov 5     The White Rajahs of Sarawak   – Jenny Thorpe

White Rajah podcast

Nov 19     Kitchener –  Alan Bridgman

Kitchener podcast

Africa Theme Podcast of Foreign Legion and Three Rivers Talks

Dec 3      From Faraday to Ferranti   – Trevor Williams

Podcast Of Talk

Dec 17     Debate  My Historical dinner party 10 x 5 min talks

The year 1869…- a look at events in that year via podcast 


14 Jan.    This meeting was postponed.

28 Jan    The Austro-Hungarian Empire by Joe Huddleston (change of date )

Podcast link

11 Feb     Darwin and Evolution by Sam Osmond

Podcast link

The Sick Man of Europe and The Berlin Conference – Peter Duffy

Sickman Podcast

11 March       Short cuts round the world by Bruce Oelman

25 March      Victoria and Albert by Nigel Marriott

15 April         Marconi by Alan Freeland (change of date)

13 May           Spending a Penny  by Tim Davies

3 June           A review of British women artists to the mid 20th century      Diana Butler ( change of talk)

17 June           Short talks  4 x 20 minutes