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


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, we were ready for a complete change and went ‘off-piste’ covering diverse topics chosen by our members such as the Dutch Golden Age, the Discovery and Growth of Australia, the Thirty Years War and Erasmus.

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

We continue 'off-piste' and members still have free choice of any topic, period or country, so the 2017 programme is:

19 January

Curzon in India

16 February

Richard III

16 March

Elizabeth Woodville

20 April

The Knights Templar

18 May

Reynald de Chatillon

15 June

Visit (tbc)

20 July

The Relationship between Thomas a Becket & Henry II

17 August

The Reform Act

21 September

Henry VIII's Medical History

19 October

The Freeminers of the Forest of Dean Part 2

16 November

William Marshal, the First Earl Marshal

21 December

Mme. de Pompadour

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 four years with 11 members. As we meet monthly in members’ homes, we are unable to accept new members at present.

We tend to study topics within a period – starting with the Tudors, currently with the Stuarts and planning to move on to the 18th Century at some stage in 2018. We do not stick strictly to our periods as members’ interests sometimes lead us astray. In 2017 we managed two visits as well as the meetings – both outside of our usual topics – the first to the National Holocaust Museum and Newark and the second to Kedleston Hall.

Our programme for the remainder of 2017and 2018 is:



Colonel Blood and the Crown Jewels


William III: Glorious Revolution or Invasion


A History of Christmas



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'

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 has a good complement of members but new members are welcome.

We meet in members' homes on a Monday each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. There is a charge of £1.00 per meeting. We are studying all aspects of the 19th century - both nationally and internationally.

The 2017 programme of studies is:

2 January

Duke of Wellington – his political career

6 February

George Stephenson – his later life

6 March

Development of the Lancashire Cotton Industries

3 April

Charles Darwin and his Legacy

1 May

The Berlin Conference 1884/85 and the Scramble for Africa

5 June

Literacy, reading and popular culture in the 19th Century

3 July

Victorian Religion


Simon Redmore and John Entwistle pictured at the Pentrich Revolution commemorative plaque. The revolution was discussed at the December meeting.

Image courtesy of Jane 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.

Last updated on 23 November, 2017
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