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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).
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|