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History Group visit Blists Hill Museum

16th May,2018 The History Group’s visit to Blists Hill Museum turned out to be an amazing day. Lots of us bought an enormous packet of fish and chips for our dinner cooked in proper dripping; I think we had forgotten what it tasted like but we hadn’t forgotten shops as they used to be when we went with our mums and grandmas. When banks, chemists, drapers, grocers, etc. used stirling (real money); made their own pills and medicines, packed sugar, sliced bacon, cut butter, and measured us for clothes. Just a few of us made it to the iron bridge before the workmen closed it for the day which was upsetting after articles in the English Heritage magazine and checks by telephone both of which said it would be open for us to view the ironwork.

20th June, 2018 A tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre. Would members who would like to come on this visit pay for the tour on June 13th. Meet at the bottom of Broadmarsh steps or escalator at 1.45 pm. Please note that sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.

After this visit the group will have the usual summer break, meeting again for the new season at Central Methodist Church on Wednesday 19th September, 2018, at 2.00 pm for a talk about Nottingham Cheese Riots.

Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time. To contact the group leader, Maureen Newton, please use the form below:-

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Blists Hill Museum – last minute seats

Two seats have suddenly become available for Blists Hill Museum next
Wednesday, 16th May, 2018.

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History Group at Cresswell Crags

An early meeting on 4th April, 2018, took the History Group to Cresswell Crags. I’m sure any member will say how marvellous it was. The talk was fantastic, well presented and illustrated. We learned about Neanderthal people living in the caves and even that all of us have some Neanderthal DNA. Even a shower could not spoil our walk to the caves where we were supplied with hard hats and attached lights. Our posture was tested as we moved into deeper caverns where we learned still more about the animals who lived there and the artwork done by the people. The cafe wasn’t bad either. The visit made us think that Cresswell Crags was really worth another trip sometime to see other caves and maybe different talks.

The next trip is to Blists Hill and Ironbridge on Wednesday 16th May, 2018. Meet on the Market Place for departure at 9 am. Any remaining monies to be paid at the U3A meeting on 9th May, please,

June 20th, 2018 is the date for Nottingham Caves. Meet at 1.45 pm. More details later.

July and August – No meeting

September – A talk by Peoples Histreh (This is not a spelling mistake) about Nottingham Cheese riots.

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History Group Update

Our meeting in March was a talk requested by members, from Peter Hammond, who gave a talk and presentation about Albert Ball who was a Great War pilot. We began by seeing Albert as a child with his family, siblings, where he lived and the schools he attended. He was a clever child who was a bit naughty, good at making things and hoped to become an engineer. He joined the army during the Great War but after learning to fly changed to the R.F.C. Eventually he was posted to France where before he died in 1917 he had the greatest number of ‘kills’ at the time and was posthumously granted the Victoria Cross for valour. All the letters sent home to his parents from his being a child to the time he died were presented by his family to Nottinghamshire Archives where they are saved for all future researchers. Peter showed copies of these letters which meant we were there with Albert from the time he was at school until he was telling his father of his experiences of flying, or of sorties over the battlefields. We learned of his romantic episodes as well. Albert was only 20 years old when he died so it made us feel for all the young men who died in the Great War.

May 16th Visit to Blists Hill Museum and Ironbridge Gorge.   Any money owing to be paid at the meeting on April 11th please. At present there are 3 vacant seats which means any U3A member can join us on the coach leaving Hucknall Market at 9am. Cost £25.

June 20th Visit for a tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre. Would members who would like to come on this visit include their names on a list in the interest group room.

Please note that for excursions sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.

Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time.

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History Programme

February 21  Members Meeting.
DATES IN HISTORY –  Would members choose a date in British history, research it and tell what they have found?  They might pick a date we all know such as 1066 (Battle of Hastings); 1952 (Elizabeth ll became Queen); 1854 Crimean War; or those a bit less common such as 1870 (Education Act); 1620 (Pilgrim Fathers sail to America).  There is plenty of history to discover; choose your own favourite date.
Please bring cash/cheques to pay for the Cresswell Crags visit.  £15 per person
March 21  A talk requested by members.  Peter Hammond is coming to give a talk and presentation about Albert Ball who was a Great War pilot.
April 4 Visit to Cresswell Crags which will include on site exhibition, a special one hour talk and a guided tour round the caves.  Coach leaves Hucknall Market at 11.30am
May 16 Visit to Blists Hill Museum and Ironbridge Gorge
June 20 Visit for a tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre.
Please note that for excursions sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.
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