Monthly Talks Online

A series of regular monthly talks that take place normally on the first Tuesday of every month at 11.00 a.m. online via Zoom. A second talk may, on occasion, be organised later in the month.
  To enjoy the talks you must have access to a desktop or laptop PC, or a tablet or a smart phone loaded with the Zoom app.
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Thursday 15 April 2021
CEDu3a Annual General Meeting

As a registered charity, the CEDu3a is holding its third Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 April 2021. The meeting is to be held online via Zoom, as it was so successful in July 2020. Included on the agenda at the AGM will be the opportunity for members to elect up to two new Trustees.
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Thursday 29 April 2021
Fools Gold presents Dark Light

Fool’s Gold (Carol and Steve Robson) attended a CEDu3a monthly meeting a couple of years ago presenting a lively and engaging show which was very well received. They are now back with a new show, Dark Light. Dark Light is based on the true events of 1900 regarding the mysterious disappearance of three Lighthouse keepers from a remote island. The mystery is still unsolved until this day. Or is it..?
The show features all the classic Fool’s Gold elements, a great story, fascinating visuals and of course live music to tell the tale. The music is a mixture of original and very well-known songs. A dark and mysterious tale yes, but there is still plenty of room for humour too! At the end you will be able to decide what happened based on the facts – and fictions – presented: turn Time Detective while you are entertained!

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Tuesday 11 May 2021
Huren Marsh: Reginald Uren’s Remarkable Journey

Reginald Uren, the New Zealand born architect of Hornsey Town Hall, was a remarkable man who has a legacy of impressive buildings here in London, three of which are among the speakers favourite buildings in the capital. He was only twenty-seven when he won the design competition in 1933 for Hornsey Town Hall which displayed a remarkable forward-thinking approach to civic architecture at a time when aspects of classicism was still the order of the day. He later went on to design other buildings that are now listed along with our town hall which is currently being restored. Huren’s talk will look at Uren’s work in the UK and in particular at correcting the wrongly described architectural style of Hornsey Town Hall as Art Deco.
Huren is a designer, curator and educator who was born in Kingston Jamaica where he received his early secondary education. He emigrated to the UK in the late sixties and after a successful career as an engineer with British Telecom, a life-long passion for the arts and creativity led to a major career change. He completed an Open University course on the History of Architecture and Design, an art & design foundation course at Middlesex Polytechnic and a BA degree studies at Kingston Polytechnic in Furniture and Product design where he gained a first class degree. On graduating from Kingston Huren worked with several architectural and interior design practices mainly on large-scale architectural projects for international corporate clients as well as UK museums, galleries and educational institutions. His career in education spans fourteen years as a lecturer at six UK universities as well as an external examiner and degree course validator. Huren was awarded a fellowship of Interior Educators in 2012 for his contribution teaching in his discipline. He has also taught in Hanoi, Vietnam for a year and in 2019 to 2020 taught in Shanghai. Huren has lived in Crouch End since the late seventies and has be a very active member of the community.
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Wednesday 26 May 2021
Jo Livingston : Living history – there’s a lot of it about

There has never been a better time to think about writing your life story, given the extraordinary events we’ve all been living through recently. But that applies to all of your life – as a generation we’ve probably seen more changes and amazing events than anyone before us. This talk includes practical advice on how to write your life story, whether for your own interest, your family or for posterity. Ideas include books, music, films, places to visit and people to talk to, as well as ways to produce your book when it’s written.
Jo is a member of Bexley U3A and the national Subject Adviser for Living History. She has always been interested in history at a personal and family level and several of my talks are based on family involvement in certain areas.
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Tuesday 15 June 2021
Ian Christie : Decadent London was where cinema was born : an online guided tour of the sites

Forget the Lumiere brothers’ much-vaunted Paris screenings of their polite ‘views’ in December 1895 – which they didn’t even bother to attend. What would become cinema, as generally understood, owed more to the sophisticated variety of London’s music halls. It was in these that the varied programmes devised by Robert Paul during 1896 attracted growing audiences. It was from Paul that the stalwarts of early French cinema, Méliès and Pathé, bought their equipment and took inspiration. Starting with Leicester Square’s great halls, the Alhambra and the Empire, this talk will tour some of the key sites where cinema took shape. We’ll visit nearby Flicker Alley, where the trade was first based, and the Palace and Scala theatres, where Charles Urban showed colour film with huge success before 1914, finishing with the origins of British cinema’s longstanding home, Wardour Street.

Ian Christie is a film and media historian, a curator and broadcaster, and currently a professor at Birkbeck, University of London, and visiting professor at Gresham College. His book on Robert Paul, our local Muswell Hill pioneer and superstar, won the US Theatre Library Association award in 2020. He has been guiding tours of central London film history sites for students and visitors over some years, and will be offering a version of these online for the first time.
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Tuesday 29 June 2021
Vaughan Melzer : My council home and neighbours – 50 years of Chettle Court

Chettle Court, a block of mixed sized council homes, was completed in 1972. The Council was finding it difficult to let the one-bedroom flats and offered me a single person’s flat in 1975. Never having lived on an estate, I asked various people what they knew about the L-shaped, 6-storey block perched on the hill near Crouch End and which looked northward to another hill on which Alexandra Palace was situated. All the comments were negative: “I wouldn’t live there; den of iniquity…” and, with some trepidation, I moved into what was to be the first self-contained home with running hot water I had ever known. The negative comments about the estate were never realised. Of course, there have always been a criminal or two, occasional anti-social types, and the sometimes-unwanted neighbour. But the thing I notice always with surprise, is the everyday silence and peace of 3 or 4 hundred people occupying 148 flats!
I grew up in council owned accommodation but where we shared through-space and toilets with other tenants and without access to hot water anywhere. However, my mother, a Communist, explained how right and important it was that all people be housed and housed well by the State and, aged 30, I felt lucky to have landed myself a beautiful council home. For 14 years I earned my living as a social worker for Haringey and then, Camden, Councils, after which, in the early 1990s I studied photography and made a living free-lancing and also obtaining grants to do my own photographic projects.
I have been photographing Chettle Court from my time as a photographer – documenting a great refurbishment in 1994; the activities of residents; and making portraits of its people. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that these images, only a few of which I can show you today, express for me, the love and gratitude I feel for the unknown architect, for the Council for first offering me a proper home, and for the kaleidoscope of interesting people with whom I share this precious and beautiful estate.
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Tuesday 13 July 2021
Liz Sich : The lives of Tuscan and Umbrian women during the German occupation of Italy, 1943-1944

Past monthly online talks

Recordings of many of the *talks are available to members who contact Please include your membership number in your email 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. 

*Talks available for download

1 Peter Webb : Vincent van Gogh
2 Janet Sutherland : Future Housing
3 Gordon Hutchinson : History of Alexandra Palace
4 Peter Webb : Erotic Art
5 Sheila Hayman : Senseless: is the Artificial Intelligent?
6 Tess Lugo : From Evil Wind to Modern Qi: A Brief History of Chinese Medicine
7 Will Rathouse : The Archaeology Of The Thames Foreshore
8 Luisa Welch : The History of Wine
9 Sandra Clark : Women and Crime in early Modern England
10 Peter Webb : My Day With Dali
11 Bernard Lockett : The Heritage of Gilbert and Sullivan
12 Gaye Illsley : Lasting Power of Attorney
13 Martin Wilkinson : How Economic Inequality Damages Minds, Bodies and Societies
14 Martyn Crucefix : Exploring the Refugee Experience through Poetry
15 John Pearson : Blessed are the Cheesemakers
16 Mike Black : The Seedy side of Life
17 Martin Wilkinson : Inequality – its effects on mental health and climate change, and what we can do about it

Also available
Talks given to the the 1960s and 70s Group

1 David Hepworth : Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There
2 Sarah Shaw : Secret Diary of a 1970s Secretary