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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 December at 2.00pm - Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard: 1840-1950
Dr James Taylor will talk about artist-drawn postcards that were the most popular art form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II. They entertained, inspired, instructed, motivated, persuaded and lifted-up the spirits. Discover the popular themes and styles by the masters of the medium such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Donald McGill and Fred Spurgin; and the reasons why their popularity waned with the British public.
Dr Taylor MA (Hons) FRSA studied at the Universities of St. Andrews, Manchester and Sussex. He is a former specialist in Victorian paintings at Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers; a curator of paintings, drawings and prints and contributor to various exhibitions and galleries at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; and from 1999 an independent author, award-winning lecturer and exhibition organiser.
This Zoom meeting will be open from 1.45 p.m. To register for this talk please click here.

Friday, 15 January at 2.00pm - A Tudor Christmas (musical)
This will be played by Hexacordia. More details later.

Saturday, 19 January at 10.30am - Lasting Power of Attorney
The speaker is Gaye Illsley. More details later.

Friday, 12 February at 2.00pm - Mars: Delirium, Delight and Disasters
The speaker is David Southwood. More details later.

Friday, 24 March 11.30am, AGM- Dark Light (musical)
This will be played by Carole and Steve Robson. More details later.

Friday, 9 April at 2.00pm - Secrets of Hampton Court (The story of 2 palaces)
The speaker is Siobhan Clarke. More details later.

Friday, 14 May at 2.00pm - Secrets and Stories: Paula Rego at Tate Britain
The speaker is Colin Wiggins. More details later.

Other Speakers Needed!
It doesn’t look as though our face-to-face talks at Drake House will be resuming for quite a while. If anyone else feels they would be prepared to present an illustrated talk on any topic of interest to members (or know of someone else who would be prepared to do so) using Zoom, please contact Jon Sheppard at

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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.

  January Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital Carol Harris
  February The Art of Love Colin Wiggens
  April The Plight of the Bumblebee Dr Nikki Gammans
  June Marvellous Marylebone Alan Blower
  July Art Of Trickery: How Magicians are seen in Paintings, Prints & Cartoons Ian Keable
  September London’s Rock 'n' Roll History Tim Barron
  November Gongoozling for Beginners Neil Sadler
  December Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard: 1840-1950 James Taylor
  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
  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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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