We are not historians, just interested in history. So many problems in the world today have their roots in the deep past. The group is co-operative, in that members each read about a subject – a person, a theme like the silk roads, science, a country – and then present what they’ve learnt to the group. It may be 5 minutes, or an hour. The research is fun, and experience from other U3As shows that members, however inexperienced, talk with ease in a small, friendly group.
We’ve decided to start looking at the first centuries AD: topics include refugees, slavery, North and South American civilizations, South African nomads, Japan, Germans, Celts, the Silk Roads, and the early Church. Then we will leap forward to the 18th century!
The photos are of Krito, mourning the death of her mother, Timarista (c.410 BC); poor King Harold (1066); and Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner (1792-1892).