9 June 2021

New Items

Thursday Afternoon Chat on Zoom

Please note these sessions have now finished for the term.


Feedback on Wednesday Lectures and Norah Boyce lectures by Zoom

U3AC members were surveyed about the use of Zoom for Wednesday and Norah Boyce lectures. The key findings were:

  • About 2/3 found Zoom better
  • Under 20% preferred face-to-face (F2F) (of which around 5% wanted only F2F).
  • Members very much like the convenience of Zoom (no travel, good view, better audio, more organised Q&A). For those who didn’t favour Zoom, the main reason is that it lacks a social element.
  • Members’ preferred format for the future is “mostly online with some face-to-face” (F2F).


The Chairman and an adhoc committee of Officers have concluded that the best plan is to:

  • Hold around 75% of lectures over Zoom, and 25% F2F
  • Aim to use the F2F format for more interactive topics and possibly facilitate social interaction afterwards
  • Bring forward the start-time for NB lectures to 4.30pm. (Wednesday lectures to start as usual as 2.15pm.)

The committee also decided:

  • Zoom lecture recordings would be made available twice a term.
  • It is not yet practical to consider hybrid lectures (i.e. F2F lectures which can be joined by Zoom)


New course – please email the Office to enrol

Military History Circle: Summer Event 2021

Tutor: Harry Belsey

Day and Time: Wednesday 10.30 – 12.00

Venue: Zoom

Places: 45

Start Date: 14 July 2021

No of sessions: 6

This Summer the Military History Circle will present a selected number of presentations from its back catalogue. The course will be Zoom based with the presentations delivered by different members of the U3AC Military History Circle. Each session will comprise a major presentation of approximately 45 mins, with additional Q&A, plus a shorter postscript. The subject of the main presentations will be some aspect of historical conflict, the shorter postscript may be a personal experience or family history. Please view the programme on https://www.u3ac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Military-history-Summer-School-programme-21.pdf before applying for a place in the usual manner through the U3AC Office. New members are welcome, the only prerequisites are an enthusiasm for military history and an email address. The location is your own home.


Sedgwick Museum tours – please email the Office to enrol

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

‘Monsters of the Abyss’ found by Mary Anning along with other contemporary Jurassic fossils in the Sedgwick Museum collection.

Tuesday 29 June
a) 2.00 – 3.00pm
b) 3.00 – 4.00pm

Acanthostega and the early colonisation of the land.

Wednesday 14 July
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.


Thomas a Beckett and Nero – day sessions

Two of our members, Stephen Kern and Hilary Goy, are presenting a couple of day sessions to give some background to the current exhibitions at the British Museum:


Thursday 1 July: Thomas a Beckett

Saturday 24 July: Nero


These will either be on zoom or in person depending on Covid regulations. For further information please email Hilary Goy hilary.goy@gmail.com

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/