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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

1:45pm in Drake House, Wimbledon (Unless otherwise stated)

Friday, 9 February 2018
Lady of the Lamp - The Florence Nightingale Story, by Major (Ret'd) Paul Whittle.

Florence Nightingale has been listed among the ten most important women in history. The talk will cover the life of this remarkable lady, her achievements in the Crimean War of 1854-56, and her hugely significant contribution in the fields of nursing, hospital administration and design in the years that followed. Additionally, Paul Whittle, who has a keen interest in military history and is also an experienced travel lecturer, will talk about the Crimea today.

Friday, 13 April 2018
How to write your life story, by Jo Livingston.

Do you wish you had asked your parents more questions? Do you have a photo of a Great Aunt but know nothing about her thoughts, hopes, fears or experiences?
Jo Livingston will talk about how to commit a life story to paper for future generations. For some years Jo has been involved with a U3A group who are doing just that.
Looking back on the period that our lives cover, ways of accessing sources of information, writing and publishing it will all make for a fascinating talk.

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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
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