21 July 2021

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Closing date for course applications

If you can, please submit your membership application early – this will help the office staff tremendously rather than leaving it until the closing date of 13 August.

Sedgwick Museum tours – please email the Office to enrol

Douglas Palmer is offering members another small group tour (15 people) of the Sedgwick Museum as follows:

The Map that changed the World? Reading William Smith’s map

William Smith’s pioneering geological map of England, Wales and parts of Scotland was published in 1815. Almost entirely the single-handed effort of one man – William Smith, it depicts the outline distribution of then known geological strata in hand painted bands of colour across the country. Published in separate sheets, altogether it measures 6ft wide by 8ft 6in high. The Sedgwick Museum is fortunate in having an original copy, one of the very few that are on public display across the world.

The ‘tour’ considers how to read the map, especially for those with little or no previous geological knowledge and discusses how it was constructed and why it is so important.

There are two sessions to choose from:

Tuesday 17 August
a) 2.00 – 3.00pm
b) 3.00 – 4.00pm

The meeting point is the museum entrance steps. Please contact the Office to book a place, stating which session you would like. Please note that the museum’s Covid protocol requires us to pass on your contact details when places are booked.

Reminders – General


Membership payments to U3AC

Some members have encountered a problem when making a bank transfer to our account. We have been advised by our bank that the payee name should be: U3AC no2 account and not the one shown on the application form we have sent to you. We apologise for any convenience.

Premises update

The refurbishment of our premises is progressing on schedule. However, for the duration of the works, please be aware that the premises are closed to visitors, due to all the comings and goings and attendant mess. So please either post your membership renewal and course choices or do this online. A date for members to view the new premises has been arranged between 10 am and 2 pm on Friday 6th August, please note this is for the one date only. Thereafter the premises will be closed through the rest of August to allow the staff to process application forms and prepare for the Autumn term.

We are optimistic that when you see the made-over premises, you will agree that the wait was worthwhile!

Tim Ewbank, Chairman

Next year’s Programme of Courses

The Programme of Courses has been sent to all members. If you have any friends or family who would like to join U3AC, please let the Office have their name and postal address and we will send them a copy too.

Next academic year

The next academic year will start on Monday 11 October.

Reminders – Other


Environment group

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb.

If you would like to find out more about what you can do to make a difference, visit the Environment group webpage on the U3AC website to see PowerPoint presentations of this year’s and previous years’ seminars; articles and up-coming events. https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/xtra-groups/environment-group/

Other Organisations

U3AC is supporting other local organisations by listing their online activities on the Other Organisations page of our website https://www.u3ac.org.uk/social/other-organisations/