Monthly Talks

Our Monthly Talks featuring an invited speaker are held on the second Thursday of the month at The Moravian Church, Priory Road, London N8 7HR

🕥 We start at 10.30 a.m. with u3a notices, followed by our invited speaker. We finish at 12 noon. Tea and coffee are available from 10 a.m. Members are requested to bring their own cup or mug
❑ Members are asked to arrive on time to avoid causing disruption to the meeting
♿ For step-free access entry is by the rear door to the hall. Take the path to the left side of the church from the street. Then could you, a companion of another member, notify the reception team that you are attending

❑ Unless otherwise stated the talks are not recorded
❑ Attendance numbers are limited

❑ Advance registration is required

👥 Members who would appreciate a personal welcome on arrival and company during the meeting should email Sarah Dearman via Sarah will then ensure that the volunteers taking names at the door refer these members to her on arrival. Reminders regarding the scheme will also be sent to registered participants a week or so before the talk

⚠ Members should not attend CEDu3a monthly talks if they or a close contact have recently been diagnosed with or shown any COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results or are self-isolating under Government guidance applicable at the time of the meeting for which they have registered

Our programme

Thursday 9 May 2024

❑ Bobbie Jacobson : Towards future pandemic prevention: learning from four decades on the public health frontline

We are delighted to welcome Dr Bobbie Jackson OBE FFPH MBBS BSc who spent her working life as a public health doctor and activist inside the NHS, academe and beyond. Her primary passion has been the prevention of ill-health and closing the health divide. As government faces widespread scrutiny of its mismanagement of the biggest public health emergency of our time, she has looked for deeper solutions beyond the narrow confines of infectious disease. Her talk will highlight how repeated neglect of social and racial disadvantage and prevention of our major killers, including tobacco and modern living have contributed to those who lived or died of Covid-19. She will give examples of how this neglect has been overcome in the prevention of AIDS/HIV. Drawing on her recently-published memoir, Against the Flow, she will recount some of the front line battles for prevention she has been immersed in for over four decades. Her stories show what really can be achieved when public health teams work hand in glove with local communities, going beyond research into the often untidy realms of turning evidence into action. She believes there are lessons to be learned from the art of working internationally on tobacco and on wider health issues with the diverse communities of London’s East End. Together they offer new insights into tackling the growing inequalities made visible by the pandemic

Dr Bobbie Jacobson created an international movement on smoking prevention for women in the 1980s. She was Director of Public Health in London’s East End in the 1990s and Director of the London Health Observatory from 2001 to 2013. She has written widely in the scientific and popular media, including two best-selling books on prevention . She was awarded an OBE for services to public health in 2005. Her latest book, Against the Flow : Pandemic lessons from inside the wider battles for prevention, was published in March 2024 and will be available at the talk

Thursday 13 June 2024

❑ Douglas Miller : Death and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Many of us will have seen the famous mummies housed in the British Museum, so we are delighted to welcome Douglas Miller, who regularly gives talks in the museum’s Egyptian Galleries. Douglas will discuss how and when the ancient Egyptians developed their cult of the afterlife and give an introduction to it. He will illustrate how the ancient Egyptians treated their dead in pre-dynastic times and the New Kingdom, using burial assemblages that are presently exhibited at the British Museum. He will also discuss the ancient Egyptian’s views on the afterlife and how an Egyptian of high standing from this period might have been prepared in order to enter the ‘Duat’ or Netherworld

Please note: Douglas’s talk will feature photographic images of human remains, and there will be discussion of how the bodies of ancient Egyptians were prepared for the afterlife. This will be done respectfully, but if you are offended by seeing human remains or hearing details of their preparation, this talk may not be for you

Douglas is a semi-retired dentist, specialising in the treatment of phobic and highly anxious patients, and lives and works in North London. He has held a life-long interest in archaeology, especially the culture and civilisation of ancient Egypt. He has
visited Egypt to tour most of the sites and has taken part in archaeological digs, both in Central London and Israel. Since cutting back on his professional work he has established ties with the British Museum in a voluntary capacity, which include his Friday evening talks … and before anyone asks, he has never pilfered any items from the Museum’s collection!

11 JulyJasper Jennings : Biting political Satire: cartoon etchings in late Georgian Britain
12 SeptemberAndrew Whitehead : A Devilish kind of courage: anarchists, aliens and the siege of Sidney Street
10 OctoberJohn Withington : The History of fireworks
14 NovemberEstelle Lovatt : How artists change art history
12 DecemberFood historian Pen Vogler, author of Scoff and most recently, Stuffed

Online talks

During the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic a series of virtual talks was held via Zoom

❑ Recordings of many of the talks listed below are available to members who email Please include your membership number in your request. A file will be send for download via the file-sharing service WeTransfer
❑ This file should be downloaded within seven days of receipt, after which it will not be accessible. Your timely action will save you sending another request and our CEDu3a volunteer of having to go through the rigmarole of sending you a replacement link
Mike Black : The seedy side of life
Ian Christie : Decadent London was where cinema was born : an online guided tour of the sites
Sandra Clark : Women and crime in early modern England
Martyn Crucefix : Exploring the refugee experience through poetry
Stella Dadzie : A Kick in the belly: women, slavery and resistance
Sheila Hayman : Senseless: is the artificial intelligent?
Fool’s Gold : Dark Light
Gordon Hutchinson : History of Alexandra Palace
Gaye Illsley : Lasting Power of Attorney
Jo Livingston : Living history : there’s a lot of it about
Bernard Lockett : The Heritage of Gilbert and Sullivan
Tess Lugo : From evil wind to modern Qi: A brief history of Chinese medicine
Michael Lumb : Understanding performance art
Huren Marsh : Reginald Uren’s remarkable journey
Vaughan Melzer : Fifty years of Chettle Court
Andrew-John Paterson : Organising your life
John Pearson : Blessed are the cheesemakers
Jack Price : The Future of brain repair: the prospects for successful stem cell therapy
Will Rathouse : The Archaeology of the Thames foreshore
Liz Sich : La zona grigia – complicity and compliance amongst rural women, 1943-1944
Janet Sutherland : Future housing
Peter Webb : Erotic art
Peter Webb : David Hockney as I have known him
Peter Webb : Hockney’s stage set designs
Peter Webb : My day With Dali
Peter Webb : Vincent van Gogh
Luisa Welch : The History of wine
Martin Wilkinson : How economic inequality damages minds, bodies and societies
Martin Wilkinson : Inequality : its effects on mental health and climate change, and what we can do about it
❑ Talks given to the the 1960s and 70s Group
David Hepworth : Overpaid, oversexed and over there
Sarah Shaw : Secret diary of a 1970s secretary