History Group

March 2017 Newsletter

Mike Taylor’s talk on 10th February gave us a fascinating insight into “Three Women who made a Difference” during the French Revolution and was very well received.

On Friday 10th March, we shall have two related presentations:

Ron Jones will tell us about “The 1834 Poor Law and its antecendents”; and Chris O’Brien will open “A window on the 19th Century working class.”

Our Group outing this year will be on Thursday 8th June to Middleton Hall.

We shall be travelling by car. Please could group members who are interested ensure your names are on the list. We hope to collect a £5 deposit for everyone at the March meeting.

Judith

December 2016 Newsletter

The History group has had a successful year with interesting and varied speakers. On 17th June several members visited Upton Hall, the home of the British Horological Society, which hosts a splendid collection of clocks and watches from the earliest lantern clocks through wonderful grandfather clocks to amazing atomic clocks. Alan Middleton, the curator gave an inspiring talk introducing us to the history of clock making and some special exhibits like the speaking clock and Scott’s old alarm clock which woke him every two hours during the night in the Antarctic to walk about and have hot drinks to avoid freezing to death!

Ron

March 2016 Newsletter

After a break of a few months, the Group is active again with many of the former members continuing to attend. The new leadership team is Ron Jones, Georgina Lyons, Judith Foxon and Margaret Jones. Many members have offered themselves, or their spouses, to give talks so that our programme for this session relies on their contributions on a wide variety of topics.

In January, Brian Tuck introduced us to a remarkable man, Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, In February, Dennis Witcome explained how, some 50 years ago, he had used libraries and private collections of papers to gain information for his thesis on Charles II. Margaret Christopoulis then drew attention to the many sources now available on the internet, Study of primary sources can lead to the previously received wisdom being challenged. In ‘extra time’ there was a workshop in which methods of digitising paper illustrations and 35mm slides were demonstrated. We also hope to have a summer visit and are grateful to Catherine Tomlin and Cheryl Martin who are spearheading this new venture. Details will be released shortly. It will take another couple of months for our numbers to settle down. Meanwhile, we are still open to a few new members.

Ron

August 2015

Many of you will know, Jean, who has led this group since its inception, has decided to step down as leader of this group.  It is hoped that the group will recommence in the new year, but there will be no further meetings this year.

The History Group is now meeting in the Guild Room, CRMC.

June 2015 Newsletter

We continue to meet on the 2nd Friday each month in the CRMC Guild room at 10am.

Since March we have had some excellent talks from eminent speakers.

In March Mike Taylor gave a very enjoyable talk on the French Revolution and we were treated to a wonderful display of objects of the time.

In April Rami Seth gave a very well received talk on the role of Indian Soldiers in WW1

In May David Hutchinson made a very welcome return with a fascinating talk on the English Civil War.

Looking ahead to June 12th we welcome Margaret Christopoles with a talk on the life and times of a 19th century Actress.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com

March 2015 Newsletter

The History Group meets once a month on the second Friday of the month.10am Guild Room, C.R.M.C. The format of the meeting is we have prominent speakers covering a wide range of Historical Events. We are a very friendly Group and always welcome new members. There are many Historical anniversaries this year. To name a few, Waterloo 200 years, Magna Carta 800 years, Agincourt 600 years. Looking ahead we have a speaker on Waterloo in August. By the time this Newsletter appears, members will have heard a talk at Bromley House Library on King John and Magna Carta. The talk will be given by Dr. Clare Taylor. The Group have also been invited to Nottingham University on the 12th March to hear an excellent talk on Gallipoli. The future programme schedule is below

March 13th     Mike Taylor on The French Revolution
April 10th       Rami Seth on the Role of Indian Soldiers in World War I
May 8th          David Hutchinson on The English Civil War

It is a case of watch this space or the rolling notices at the open meeting, for a reminder when these talks take place. If you would like to receive any further information please email or ring me.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com

December 2014 Newsletter

The History Group meets monthly on the second Friday at 10am and talks take place in the Guild Room. We have an eminent speaker each month, mainly from Nottingham University, but also retired history teachers. They all have an extensive knowledge of their subject. We are mainly a non-participatory group, apart from looking and listening.

In September Keith Oseman gave a talk on WW1 to commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.

Professor Chris Wrigley returned in October to give a well-received talk on Lord Salisbury, a Conservative Prime Minister, who served three terms in office, and in November we welcomed back David Patterson with a talk on George Elliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, who was one of the foremost Victorian playwrights.

Looking ahead, our future programme is very exciting. On December 12th we will be with the Local History Group and holding our Christmas Social. There will be lots of goodies and Professor Richard Gaunt, an outstanding speaker, will be telling us all about Christmas Caricatures. Professor Maggie Walsh will be talking about American Women, Cars, and The Question of Equality on January 9th and we will have the welcome return of Dave Darby with a talk on the Life And Works of Sir John Gielgud.

Everyone is welcome. Do come along and join us.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com

September 2014 Newsletter

Since the last newsletter we have again had some excellent talks.

In June we welcomed the very entertaining Dave Darby with his talk on the life of Noel Coward (Mad about the Boy). Dave uses a flip chart with his own very amusing caricatures of the stars.

In July we had a very informative talk by Ron Jones on the Great Exhibition otherwise known as the Crystal Palace. In 1851 this exhibition was visited by thousands of people, which made it a great success.

In August Norman Davis gave a talk on the Battle of Bosworth. We were taken right into the battle with vivid descriptions of the tumultuous day when Richard III was defeated and killed by Henry Tudor’s Army on Bosworth Field.

Forthcoming Meetings
Friday September 12th 10am A talk by Keith Osema on WW1, to commemorate the Centenary of the Great War.
Friday October 10th 10am A talk by John Smart on the History of Rolls Royce.
Friday November 14th 10am. A talk by David Patterson on the life of George Elliot. Author and Historian.

Many thanks to all of the people who have given up their time to produce such excellent presentations.

New Members are always welcome to come along and give us a try, if you are not sure then do give me a ring.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com

June 2014 Newsletter

Hello all you Historians, newsletter time again. Since March we have had three excellent sessions. Our March meeting was taken by David Pattison, who took us through the amazing life of Martin Luther King. In April we were treated to a talk by Professor Chris Wrigley on Benjamin Disraeli and at our May meeting Professor Margaret Welsh gave us a fascinating insight into the Californian Gold Rush. Most of our Presentations are PowerPoint, and we have to thank Alan Windsor for his help with the “technology”. We are all looking forward to our next three talks.

Forthcoming Meetings
June 13th Dave Darby, Entertainer gives a talk on Noel Coward ‘Mad about the Boy’ July 11th Ron Jones on The Great Exhibition
August 8th Norman Davis on The Battle of Bosworth.

New Members are always welcome to come along and give us a try, if you are not sure then do give me a ring.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com

March 2014 Newsletter

The History group have enjoyed a most successful year in 2013. We have again been fortunate to have had excellent speakers at our monthly meetings.

In December we had the return of Norman Davis who enthralled us with his talk on Rourke’s Drift. The battle in 1879 was fought and successfully defended by 150 British Colonial troops. The British garrison was attacked by 3000 – 4000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders.

In January the speaker was Brian Tuck, who gave us an illuminating talk on Michael Faraday and the Royal Institution. Michael Faraday was an English Scientist who contributed to the fields of Electromagnetism.

Finally in February we had the return of David Hutchison. The talk was entitled The Medieval Era English Towns 1150 to 1450. This was an excellent talk and enjoyed by all..

Forthcoming Meetings
Friday 14th March. David Pattison on Martin Luther King
Friday 11th April. Chris Wrigley on Benjamin Disraeli
Friday 9th May. Margaret Walsh on The Californian Gold Rush.

New Members are always welcome to come along and give us a try, if you are not sure then do give me a ring.

Jean Tel 9222238 email jean.evans1940@btinternet.com 

December 2013 Newsletter

Membership of the group continues to grow and we have been privileged to have some interesting speakers over the year.  In September Dennis Whitcombe gave us an illuminating account of his research on Charles II, the King who ascended the throne after the restoration of the Monarchy. In October Dr Jonathan Kwan gave a Talk on Psycho-analysing Viennese Culture, Sigmund Freud and Modernism 1890-1914. In November, Dave Darby returned with a wonderful talk on the History of Pantomime.  We heard about the great stars of yesterday, with Dave giving impersonations of the personalities of the day.

Forthcoming Meetings
Friday December 13th Norman Davis on Rourke’s Drift plus Christmas Social. Small contributions of food please.
Friday January 10th Brian Tuck on Michael Faraday and the Royal Institution
Friday March 14th David Pattison on Martin Luther King

We meet on the 2nd Friday of the month 10 am in the Guild room. Everyone Welcome.

Jean

September 2013 Newsletter

Membership of the group continues to grow and we have been privileged to have some very interesting speakers. In May we welcomed Dave Darby, a great entertainer, who spoke on the History of Music Hall.

In June Dr Carol Mallia spoke on the History of Raleigh Cycles, and in July Breda Cooper gave a very interesting talk entitled Richard III – Saint or Sinner, and a lively debate ensued. August brought Professor Richard Gaunt who gave a brilliant talk on the rise and fall of Sir Robert Peel.

Forthcoming meetings.
September 13th, Dennis Whitcombe speaks on Charles 11 – Patriot or Plotter.
October 11th Doctor Kwan talks on Viennese Culture 1890 to 1910.
November 8th, Dave Darby returns with a talk on the History of Pantomime.
December 13th, A talk on Rourke’s Drift from Norman Davies followed by the Christmas Social.
These summaries do not do justice to the presentations and talks we have heard over the last few months, so do come along and experience for yourself. New Members are always welcome.

Jean

June 2013 Newsletter

The History group continues to meet on the second Friday of the month, at10am in the Guild room. We have enjoyed very interesting talks over the Spring, from Professor Chris Wrigley on Churchill in March, and Stephen Lamont from Nottingham University gave a talk in April on Pre. History of the Conservative Party. At the time of going into print we have a talk by History Teacher Norman Davis giving a talk on Rorkes Drift, made famous by the film Zulu. On Friday 12th June we will have a talk by Doctor Carol Mahill about the History of Raleigh Cycles, and n July 12th we have Dave Darby a local speaker and entertainer whose subject will be on the History of the Music Hall.

If any of these speakers’ topics sound like something you would be interested in, do come along on Friday morning and give us a go. We are a very friendly group. New members are always welcome.

Jean

March 2013 Newsletter

The history group continues to flourish due to the enthusiasm of its members and their positive contributions. Over the winter months we have met as usual on the 2nd Friday of the month 10 am. In the Wesley room. On each occasion we have enjoyed some very interesting talks. In November we had great fun with the famous figures from history in the hot air balloon. Our December meet was Cheese and Wine with Christmas quiz. January was a very interesting talk by David on the American Revolution.

We have excellent talks planned for the coming months. February 8th a talk on Scottish independence, late 13th century. Our March meeting March 8th brings a welcome return of Professor Chris Wrigley with a talk on Churchill.

Please join us. Everyone welcome.

Jean

December 2012 Newsletter

The History group continues to flourish due to the enthusiasm of its members and their positive contributions. Since the last report we have experienced several excellent talks. We are meeting on December 14th for our Christmas cheese and wine, plus a Christmas Quiz. In the New Year we have a welcome return of Professor Chris Wrigley, with a talk on Winston Churchill. Other topics for the New Year, The American Revolution, and the late 13th century Scottish War of Independence. Everyone welcome. Please join us Second Friday in the Month at 10am in the Wesley room at the CRMC. Everyone is welcome, so please join us. See you then.

Jean

September 2012 Newsletter

Over the past 3 months we have had an impressive array of talks.

We began with Chris Wrigley, Professor of History at Nottingham University, who gave us a wonderful insight into the political life of David Lloyd George. In July we had an enjoyable discussion on villains of the past. The August meeting was speaker Nicky, who gave us an excellent knowledge and understanding of how History is taught in schools today.
The group meets at C.R.M.C. on the second Friday of the month at 10am. Everyone is welcome, so please join us.

Jean

June 2012 Newsletter

The group goes from strength to strength. Our April talk was led by Sydney, who took us through the formation of railways in the18th and 19 century. It was an enjoyable talk illustrated with images of a bygone age. We also had a jolly history quiz. Our talk in May was given by Norman, a fascinating travel through Tudor England, when Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen. Our speaker on June 8th, 10am, in the Wesley room, will be Chris Wrigley, Professor of History at Nottingham University. The talk will be on David Lloyd George. Do join us. Everyone welcome.

Jean

March 2012 Newsletter

The group is thriving and enjoying a variety of talks. We all enjoyed the cheese and wine at the December Meeting. In January and February, we explored members’ personal heroes of the 18th and 19th century. The March meeting will be an interesting talk on Law and Order in the 18th and 19th Century. We will be able to compare justice then, and up to the present day.
We take an historical journey at every meeting. Going through all the eras from before the Romans until the 20th century. If you would like to join our lively group we meet on the 2nd Friday of the month at 10am in the Wesley room at the CRMC. You are very welcome.

Jean, March 2012

December 2011 Newsletter

Come and join the U3A History Group. We had a very interesting talk this month by Cath and Ron. We have been covering the 18th and 19th century, including monarchy and public health. Future topics will be, My Hero, Law and Order and social aspects in the 19th century.

We hope as winter nights begin to close in, you will consider joining us in December and the New Year.

There was no meeting in November, but we will commence again on Friday December 9th at 10am. Wesley room at Chilwell Road Methodist Church. This talk will be followed by cheese and wine, (non-alcoholic). If you have an interest in History, do come and join us.

Jean, December 2012