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 the video conferencing application 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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  Registration is recommended to reserve a place.

Upcoming Talks

8 October 2020
Will Rathouse : The Archaeology of the Thames Foreshore

In his talk Will Rathouse explains how the archaeology of the tidal zone of the River Thames in London initially came to light and how the Thames Discovery Programme is continuing to find exciting traces of past human activity from the Stone Age to recent times.

Will Rathouse is a community archaeologist for MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) working on the Thames Discovery programme. He co-ordinates archaeological activities for older Londoners, people with mental health difficulties and forces veterans. Previously, he led archaeology projects to promote mental health with Mind Aberystwyth and has done voluntary work with Operation Nightingale, an archaeological programme for forces veterans. His PhD research investigated the contestation of prehistoric monuments and ancient human remains.

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Tuesday 20 October 2020
Al Johnson : The Art of Recovery

This illustrated talk will be about veterans’ stories, the life sized figure sculptures they created, and the ways participants are able to explore some of their own experiences through making sculpture, allowing the possibility of recovery

Al Johnson is a sculptor and lecturer, and she devises and delivers sculpture projects for wounded, injured and sick military veterans, and family members. Many of the workshop participants have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as well as physical injuries. Al’s sculpture references recent history and the interplay between politics, power and the collective memory. She believes in the development of creativity as a founding principle of education, and in the empowerment that results from democratic participation in the arts.
Exhibitions include Reactions at Imperial War Museum North, Flight and the Artistic Imagination at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Im Kreuzfeuer, (Caught in the Crossfire): Stadtmuseum, Dresden, Germany and Protect at Peoples History Museum, Manchester. Al’s work has been widely exhibited, and is held in both private and public collections including Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, and Sea City Museum, Southampton.

Sculpture commissions include: Haringey First World War Peace Forum with the Heritage Lottery Fund; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; Royal Armouries, Leeds; Valentines Mansion in East London; and the London Screen Archives with Birkbeck.
In addition to her studio practice Al lectures and leads demonstrations and workshops in museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Wallace Collection, Bishopsgate Institute, and the Royal Collection.

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Tuesday 10 November 2020
Luisa Welch : Cheers! : A History of Wine
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Thursday 26 November 2020
Sandra Clark : Women and Crime in Shakespeare’s time
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Tuesday 15 December 2020
Peter Webb : My Day with Dali
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Previous monthly talks

Our first virtual monthly talk took place on Tuesday 2 June, when art historian Peter Webb delivered an illustrated lecture: Vincent Van Gogh: a personal journal through the places he painted
Our second virtual monthly took place of Tuesday 7 July, when CEDU3A member and freelance consultant specialising in housing, urbanism and regeneration, Janet Sutherland, presented an array of choices for older people’s housing needs, from home adaptations to co-operative housing schemes, in the interests of independent living.
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On 4 August Gordon Hutchinson delivered a talk on the history of Alexandra Park, followed on 19 August by Peter Webb on European erotic art. The first talk in September was by Sheila Hayman on the subject of artificial intelligence, followed Tess Lugos with a brief history of Chinese medicine.


Recordings of these 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.