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The talks are usually on Fridays at 1:45 pm in the large hall at:
Drake House, St George’s Road, SW19 4ED. The admission charge is £1 and refreshments will be served before the talk begins.

Visitors who might think of joining the U3A are welcome. List of all Talks 2010 Onwards

At these monthly meetings we make time for announcements about events of interest to members. The announcements are kept short, but attending the meetings can be a useful way of keeping in touch. Also U3A information and application forms for U3A events are made available.

Suggestions for speakers or topics are welcome. Talks Coordinator contact details (Merton U3A Members only).

We also Get Together for coffee, tea, cakes and a chat once a month, either in Drake House or in someone's home or a local cafe.

Forthcoming FRIDAY TALKS

Friday 11 October 2019 at 2pm

Those Magnificent Women in Their Flying Machines: A talk by Squadron Leader Jim Barnes RAF Ret'd, who is an aviation historian. There can be no doubt that women have made a big impact on aviation. Jim Barnes looks at the way women made world news in the story of flying - not only through their achievements in the air, but also in engineering. In his talk, Jim also gives his views on the mysterious disappearances of celebrated pioneers, Amy Johnson, whose plane crashed in the Thames in 1941, and Amelia Earhart, last seen in New Guinea in 1937.

Friday 8 November 2019 at 2pm

Don't Sneeze at the Microphone: A talk by Wilf Lower. Growing up in a family providing "pro digs" for music hall and variety performers, it was hardly surprising Wilf acquired an intimate knowledge of show business. A century ago popular entertainment meant a night at the Music Hall, then along came radio and later television - and popular entertainment changed for ever. During the 1970s and 1980s Wilf worked for BBC TV and was responsible for the scenery and props of many great shows - the making of which often proved astonishing and hilarious.

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List of all Talks 2010 Onwards

Many speakers are recommended by the membership & the intention of this list is to prompt further suggestions. Please contact the Talks Organiser (contact details on the Committee page) if you would like to make a recommendation.

2010 January Steam to Mandalay Paul Whittle
  March Florentine Paintings in the Renaissance Katy Brown
  May Medicins Sans Frontieres Liz Crawford
  June Passports, Assassins,Traitors & Spies Martin Lloyd
  July Inns of Court, London Ian Bevan
  September 18th Century Dublin Peter Ticher
  October Complementary Therapies:How effective & safe are they? Maria Lis-Balchin
  November Women I have Married Dick Selby
2011 January Classical Islamic Art Alan Kirwan
  March The Trials of Henry Hatch Peter Maggs
  May The Morello Letters: the birth & life of a bestseller Duncan McNair
  June The Wandle Trust Erica Evans
  July Matisse Barrie Garnham
  September The Orange Tree Theatre Sam Walters
  October Holding the Last Enemies at Bay: UK Age-related research Mary Sinfield
  November The Lost Rivers of London Roger Squires
2012 January STOP PRESS: the romance & reality of journalism James Brewer
  February The Bloomsberries Malka Baker
  March The Life & Voice of Kathleen Ferrier Christopher Fifield
  May Treasures of the Tower Garry Wykes
  June A Solo Walk across Africa Fran Sandham
  July Max Ernst Barrie Garnham
  September Daguerre to Digital: A short history of photography Stuart Michaels
  October A History of Parliament & Black Rod Richard Skelton
  November Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective Steve Roberts
2013 January Work of the RSPCA Lorraine MacDiarmid
  February The Maya Heritage Chloe Sayer
  March The Musical Theatre of Gilbert & Sullivan Bernard Lockett
  May Out of the Blue John Naylor
  June Mary Wollstonecraft was not alone Jenny Kelsey
  July My Art On My Sleeves Jack Wood
  October The Hidden Wonders of Korea Matthew Jackson
  October Rationing  
  November The History of the English Pub Alan Greenwood
2014 January Wandle Wildlife Derek Coleman
  February The Arts in Eighteenth century Spain Paul Pickering
  March Here is the News ----& other happenings Hilary Osborn
  May Was the Congo ever a Garden of Eden? Veronica Cecil
  June Politicians & their Claptrap Alice Herron
  July Magritte Barrie Garnham
  September Confessions of an Archaeologist: 'Help! I have Lost my mummy' Dr.Helen Wickstead
  October Measuring Colour Andrew Hanson
  November 'Facing the World'; Face blindness, also known as Prosopagnosia Jo Livingston
2015 January What happens when the oil runs out? Prof. Chris Rhodes
  February Richmond at Home and at War: Local Stories and their International Links  
  April Towards a Folk Flora Roy Vickery
  May The Green Man: The carvings and the debate Robert Stephenson
  June Mitcham: Village and Suburb Keith Penny and Dr Tony Scott of Merton Historical Society
  July Women in Prison, Prejudice and Policy Richard Warren
  September Getting the best from your retirement  
  October Evolution of the Argentine tango dance and music since the early 20th century  
  November You the Jury Barrister Peter Thompson
2016 January Charles Dickens, Conjurer: the Playbills of Victorian Showmen Ian Keable
  February Growing Up In London Peter Cox
  April Beanstalk Kate Loynes
  May How cotton became King Jennifer Wearden
  July Old Mitcham - Images from the Tom Francis photographic collection Sarah Gould
  October A policeman's lot- can be an interesting one Neil Sadler
  November Royal Christmas Siobhan Clarke
  January Odd Corners Of London Jo Livingston
  February Decorative Arts of Ballet Patricia Minchinson
  May The Golden Age of Caricature: Rude Britannia Ian Hayward
  June Pioneers of Pottery Roger Mead
  July A River's Tale: Finds from the Thames Foreshaw Bob Wells
  September Sketches in the Life of John Clare Robert Hayes
  October The Pre-Raphaelites & the Impressionists Colin Lomas
  November Gongoozling for Beginners Neil Sadler
  January Secrets of Britain's Largest Painted Ceiling Mike Hart
  February Lady of the Lamp - The Florence Nightingale Story Major (Ret'd) Paul Whittle
  April How to write your life story Jo Livingston
  May Women, the Vote, and the War to End all Wars Carol Harris
  June The Life of a Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Fryer
  July Lavender, Mitcham and Beyond Alison Cousins
  September King Edward II and the She Wolf James Dickinson
  October Here is the news and other happenings Hilary Osborn
  November Expecting the unexpected - public health in WW1 and WW2 Carol Harris
  January English Cheeses Rosemary Horton
  February The Archaeology of the Thames Foreshore Will Rathouse
  April Women in Mathematics June Barrow-Green
  May Ira and George Gershwin Howard Slater
  June Garden Birds by Sight and Sound John Lawrence
  July A Century of Deception: Hoaxes in the 18th Century Ian Keable
  September Big Brother Is Watching You - 100 Years of GCHQ Jonathan Fryer
  October Those Magnificent Women in Their Flying Machines Jim Barnes
  November Don't Sneeze at the Microphone Wilf Lower
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