The study of history has proved to be popular within Matlock Area U3A and we now boast five active groups.

Groups One and Two meet on the third Thursday of each month, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon, in members' homes. Meeting on the same day facilitates the arranging of joint visits by both groups.

Group Three meet on the first Monday of each month in members' homes from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Group Four meet on Monday mornings subject to confirmation.

Group Five meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10.30am.


History Group 1 & friends listening to an excellent talk on Joseph Wright from Lucy Bamford at the Derby Museum & Art Gallerv

History Group One

After three years studying the Eighteenth Century & the Age of Enlightenment, in 2014 and 2015 we moved back in time to the period 1485-1688, covering the Tudor and Stuart Dynasties. Members of the group selected their subject to research and presented their findings to the group. We were constantly amazed by what we didn't know!

In 2016 and 2017, we were ready for a complete change and went ‘off-piste’ covering diverse topics chosen by our members.

Members meet at the coordinators' house and are asked for a contribution of 30p, to cover the cost of refreshments.

in 2018 we shall focus on the period from 1066 - 1485, so the programme is:

18 January

The Normans in Sicily

15 February

Margaret of Anjou

15 March

Normans in Derbyshire

19 April

Stephen and Matilda

24 May

The Life & Times of Geoffrey Chaucer

21 June

Visit to Lichfield (tbc)

19 July

Richard Mortimer

16 August

The Black Death

20 September

John of Gaunt

18 October


15 November

Edward I

20 December

Eleanor of Acquitaine

History Group 1 coordinator is Janet Pidgeon, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 01629 824912.

History Group Two

The group has been going for over five years with 11 members. As we meet monthly in members’ homes, we are unable to accept new members at present. For the first four years or so we studied the Tudor then Stuart periods – at home and abroad. Early in 2018 we moved into the Georgian period but as our programme shows, we are very flexible and members follow their interests. We also aim to go out as a group on visits two or three times a year.

Our programme for 2018 is:



Ireland in Tudor and Stuart Times


17th Century France


Aspects of Queen Anne's Reign


George I




The evocation of Arcadia (1620 - 1660)


The Night Watch


'The World of Isaac Newton'


The Holy Roman Empire


Visit to Bolsover Castle


Coffee Houses in 17th century London


Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire



Visit to Little Moreton Hall

Image courtesy of Helen Boocock

History Group 2 coordinator is Helen Boocock, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 01629 734290.

History Group Three

History Group 3 began life in November 2015 and is currently full - although we do operate a waiting list.

We meet in members' homes on the first Monday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. There is a charge of £0.50 per meeting. We are studying all aspects of the 19th century - both nationally and internationally.

The 2018 programme of studies is:


Robert Owen


The Life and Times of William Ewart Gladstone


Sir Joseph Whitworth


A Brief History of New Zealand


Indian Mutiny 1857-1858


Gibraltar and its Military History


Derbyshire Landowners in the 19th Century


The Great Exhibition


The Development of Victorian Cities


Female Explorers of the 19th Century


Simon Redmore and John Entwistle pictured at the Pentrich Revolution commemorative plaque.

Image courtesy of Jane Entwistle


Wentworth Woodhouse from a field trip.

The group Summer Barbeque with partners.

Images courtesy of John Entwistle

History Group 3 coordinator is John Entwistle, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 07890 068565.

History Group Four

History Group 4 began life late in 2017 and meets during Winter at members' homes on the second Monday of each month at 10:00am.

The meeting on 9th October is at the coordinators home covering the period from 1880 to 1950 (people, events, inventions etc).

All are welcome and we look forward to some lively meetings. If you want to come along, please contact the coordinator.

History Group 4 coordinator is Sybil Dunn, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 07710 114830.

History Group Five

History Group 5 began life in 2018 and is already nearly full.

We are covering “The history of Derbyshire and Yorkshire” rather than a particular time frame.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30am.

The 2018 programme is:

21 March

Early History of Darley

11 April

A History of Derbyshire Pottery

May {TBA}

Tour of Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield

13 June

Arkwright and the Cotton Mills

11 July

Derbyshire/Yorkshire Coal Mining

8 August

A History of Hydrotherapy in the Derwent and Wye Valleys

12 September

Sir Joseph Whitworth

10 October


14 November


12 December

Christmas Celebration

History Group 5 coordinator is Steven Schmidt, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 736786.

Last updated on 21 August, 2018
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