History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2pm – 4pm-ish. This is all virus permitting because our next meeting is on January 12th when we are hoping John Tedstone will come to update us on the Hucknall High Street project but he is on jury duty at the time so that is a bit iffy. However we will have a members High Street project – see me??? If anyone can come a little earlier to help set up tables that would be great.

In December Keiran came to tell us all about the Bennerley Viaduct – brilliant. A member requested we ask him to take us on a ‘walk about’ on the viaduct next year and he agreed. Watch this space for dates and times. Thank you to those members who said they enjoyed our mini buffet – those few words made my trawl around Morrisons worth the effort.

I thought, as we have lots of new members now, I should explain how the History Group payments work as you come through the door. Speakers are usually charging at least £50 for a booking now and the room hire has to be paid. £2 per person usually covers both these payments plus the refreshments. If we have a members meeting (as in January when neither John nor I claim payment because we are U3A members) the charge is usually just £1 per person. I try to make sure we have a variety of topics to suit different history based subjects but if you have heard a speaker you think suitable please let me know; especially ones who speak about the history of other countries.

A full list of meeting dates for the group with details of speakers and visits is available below and copies can be picked up at meetings.

Bye for now, Maureen

January 19th – We are hoping John Tedstone will come to tell us about the U3A High Street project but he has been called for jury service. It does depend on him being needed on the day but there is also a members’ Hucknall High Street project.
February 16th 2022 Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about ‘When the Balloon went up’. (He says it is a fascinating story.)
March 16th Peter Godley from the Nottingham Historical & Archaeology Society is coming to tell us about ‘Archaeology in Nottingham’. Images, maps, etc on slides and artefacts from some of the digs will be on show.
April 20th Visit to Cromford mill. We will have a guided tour of the buildings. Plus the Arkwright Experience. Leave Hucknall 12noon. Leave Cromford 4.30. Arrive Hucknall 5.30pm(ish) Cost £16.
May 18th Stephen Flinders is coming to tell us about ‘My Kind of Paris’. He says it is: What you may or may not know about Paris and what Paris has to do with Nottingham born dancer Dorothy Frettingham.
June 15th Much delayed visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30: Leave Doddington 4pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 (ish) Cost £20 Price cut to the bone.
No meeting July or August – Holidays
September 21st Denis Hill is coming to talk about Victorian Housing Conditions which is a century or so before most of the bureaucracy and health and safety rules came into being. It would cover the lifetimes of our great grandparents.
October 19th Visit to Derby Museum and Art Gallery. We will have a talk about Joseph Wright of Derby (Famous artist) then a self guided tour of the museum. Leave Hucknall 1pm. Leave Derby 5pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.45pm(ish) Cost £10
November 16th Trevor Lee is coming to talk to us. He usually provides us with mind pictures of entertainers; sometimes even their voices. Lots of reminiscing at this meeting.

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