Monthly Meetings

Unless otherwise stated the monthly meetings will take place at the Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9TA. Doors open at 10.00 a.m for tea and coffee. Talks begin at 10.45 a.m.

Coming up …

Thursday 14 March 2019

Sandra Clark : Singing witches, authenticity and innovation: Macbeth on the Victorian Stage
Macbeth was one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in the nineteenth century, and all the major actors, including Samuel Phelps, William Macready, Sir Henry Irving, Helen Faucit and Ellen Terry, tried their hand in the main roles. Productions were characterised by music and spectacle, including large numbers of singing witches. One of Shakespeare’s shortest plays often took more than three hours to perform. This talk will consider the range and variety of the productions and the innovations some performers introduced.
CE&DU3A member Sandra Clark taught early modern literature including Shakespeare for many years at Birkbeck, University of London. She has written a number of books and articles on the literature of the period, the most recent being Shakespeare and Domestic Life: A Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Thursday 11 April 2019

Something unusual for our monthly meetings, to set us up and get us in good voice for our very first Annual General Meeting, which will follow this event, we are delighted to welcome from Durham an acoustic duo, Carol and Steve Robson, who are Fool’s Gold.

They are big favourites at U3As around the country and we are delighted that they are bringing their show Stormy Stories and Tragic Tales to North London. A Fool’s Gold show is rooted in music, but is much more than just a concert performance. They use live music, story and projected visuals to reveal the stories behind the songs, the histories and mysteries, tragedies and romances that gave rise to original and very well known songs, and of course there is plenty of audience participation. Their musical style is folk-based, without being trad and they are multi-instrumentalists, featuring guitars, flute, whistles, bass and ukelele in their performances.

Thursday 9 May 2019

John Hinshelwood : Crouch End and District: a photographic record from 1860 – 1920


An intriguing glimpse back in time to see how our area looked between 100 and 150 years ago. The Hornsey Historical Society acquired a collection of prints assembled by the North Middlesex Photographic Society in 2001. John Hinshelwood catalogued the collection and created a digital database of the prints, several of which were included in the National Photographic Record Association’s collection now held by the V&A Museum. This talk will outline the work of the local Photographic Society in recording local landmarks for the photographic record & survey of England’s buildings, monuments and customs of historic interest made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
John Hinshelwood, Curator and Archivist of the Hornsey Historical Society from 1998 – 2005, gained an MA in Metropolitan and Regional History in 2007 and now spends his time researching and writing on aspects of local history. He is also convenor of the U3A local history groups. He has published several local history books, in particular with Janet Owen A Vision of Middlesex, the HHS 40th anniversary publication of photographs of the North Middlesex Photographic Society.

Thursday 13 June 2019

Jayne Forbes : A Solo Traveller’s Tales


Many of us are cautious about travelling alone, but CE&DU3A member Jayne Forbes is something of an expert, having crossed the Sahara, trekked the Himalayas, swum the Amazon and just accompanied by a backpack and a good map. Jayne will share her experiences, which include dining out on tarantulas in Cambodia and crossing a minefield in Western Sahara. She has travelled throughout India, China, the Middle East, Europe and South and North America. Just about everywhere except Antarctica. There have been funny and challenging moments; dodging bandits and happy coincidences to share with us. Jayne will be just back from 3 months in Africa and we are lucky to catch her and share her expertise and experiences before she heads off again. You will never fear travelling alone again!

Thursday 11 July 2019

Roger Hamilton : Climate Change – Where Are We Now

World’s largest wind farm at Walney, Cumbria

What is the science behind climate change and why is it vital we bring our emissions not just down, but to net zero as soon as we can? Roger Hamilton will explain why renewable energy generation alone will not be enough to do this despite the huge advances already made. How can the UK as a developed country try to address the problem? It is the one country we can influence, and after all, we kick-started climate change with our dark, satanic mills. Although we have achieved much in recent years, progress has now begun to stall. What further steps need to be taken for us to be consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, considering the sectors of energy, transport, industry, heating and agriculture? How can we envision a future without fossil fuels and should we rethink the issue of fossil fuel subsidies and carbon taxes?
Roger Hamilton has a science background and has been a public sector lawyer for most of his career. He has worked in both local and central government and has advised on a range of social policy areas, including briefing Ministers and preparing legislation. Since retiring he has become interested in the vital subject of climate change.

Thursday 12 September 2019

Jan Marsh : The Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
Details to follow

Thursday 10 October 2019

Hugh Hayes : The Hisory of Finsbury Park

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