The monthly speaker meeting is our most high-profile activity. Every interest is catered for, be it Our Place in Space, Bronze Age Dartmoor, the Pre-History of Malta, the Future of Local Journalism, Plymouth under the Blitz or The Building of Exeter Cathedral – to name just a handful of past topics.
We welcome recommendations from our members, but are happy also to respond to offers from professional speakers. Our members can derive a lot of social and intellectual satisfaction from participating in the various interest-groups, but the monthly meeting is the forum which best demonstrates our commitment to the u3a principle of life-long learning.
Speaker Programme August – October 21
Thursday 16th September – 10.30am
Plymouth’s New Zealand connections with Clive Charlton
Clive explains Plymouth’s historical links with New Zealand including the Plymouth Company of New Zealand and its settlement of New Plymouth. Here about the Taranaki Wars, NZ troop arrivals in Plymouth in WW1 and the accident at Bere Ferrers Station in 1917 as well as individual connections – the Harris family, William Odgers and Charles Armitage Brown.
Thursday 21st October at 10.30am
The History of Coinage with Bryan Short
One of the great inventions of the Ancient Greeks, coins have been in use for over 2,500 years and adopted in every part of the world. This talk spans that entire history, highlighting important events and changes that had major effects on society. Warning: this includes some gory accounts of crime and punishment.
Thursday 18th November at 10.30am
The excavation of an extraordinary Bronze Age burial on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor with Jane Marchand
The excavation of a burial mound on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor in August 2011 revealed an unexpected intact burial deposit of Early Bronze Age date associated with an unparalleled range of artefacts. The cremated remains of a young person had been wrapped in a bear pelt and buried alongside many personal items. In addition the survival of many organic objects have provided insights into a range of materials which have not survived from this period elsewhere in southern Britain.
Jane guide us through this excavation, one of the highlights of her career.
Thursday 9th December at 10.30am
To be confirmed
Christmas Lunch arranged for 12.30 at The Bedford Hotel. Cost £25 per head. Contact Anne Leader for more information.
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