The monthly speaker meeting is our most high-profile activity. Every interest is catered for, be it Bronze Age Dartmoor, Satire in Art, the Future of Local Journalism, Plymouth under the Blitz or The Building of Exeter Cathedral – to name just a handful of recent 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 2020-21
Thursday 17th September – 10.30am on zoom
Our Place in Space – with Jo Richardson
Jo Richardson owns and runs Space Detectives which is a company based in the South West but teaches Space Science to schools across the UK. She is also one of the 10 European Space Educationalists based here in the UK and works on high profile education projects such as the “Tim Peake Primary Project” and “Mission X.” In 2018, she was part of the team that won the International Arthur C Clarke Award for Space Education Outreach and she is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Jo will take us on a journey into our own amazing neighbourhood in Space – The Solar System.
Thursday 15th October – 10.30am on zoom
From Druids to Drones – a History of Archaeology on Dartmoor with Andrew Thompson
This illustrated talk explores the history of archaeological investigation on the moor from the early 19th century to the present. It starts with antiquarians like Tavistock’s Mrs Bray, who saw prehistoric monuments as druidical sites, examines the pioneering work of the Victorian Dartmoor Exploration Committee and concludes with the application of modern techniques such as remote sensing and pilotless aircraft.
Andrew is a heritage consultant who has spoken to us on several occasions, most recently for us on the Trendle archaeological site in Tavistock.
Thursday 19th November – 10.30am on zoom
The Art and Artiface of Fleet Street – with Geri Parlby
Shock! Horror! Probe! Since the end of the 15th century, the term “Fleet Street” has been synonymous with newspaper journalism. This lecture looks at the ups and downs of this notorious “Street of Shame” via the art that illustrated its stories.
Having trained as a journalist on the Mirror Group scheme in Plymouth, Geri worked on several Fleet Street papers in the 1980s before going into entertainment PR.
Thursday 17th December – 10.30am on zoom
Lundy: a Landmark 50 years with Simon Dell
The past 50 years have seen major changes in the ownership and management of the island and this talk photographically charts those changes which have made the island what it is today – a vibrant, secure and well-known wildlife reserve and so much more.
Simon is well-known to us as a speaker. He is currently the Director and Co-ordinator of Moorland Guides, but his career was spent in the police force, including a spell on Lundy, and 17 years based in Tavistock.
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