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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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|