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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.

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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 2019 we shall continue to focus on the period from 1066 - 1485, so the programme is:

17 January

World Situation and Empires

21 February

Four Queens

21 March

A Medieval Family

18 April

The Silk Roads

16 May

The Provisions of Oxford

20 June

Visit (tbc)

18 July

Fulque, King of Jerusalem, Count of Anjou

15 August

King John

19 September

Women in the Crusades

17 October

Recluses and Others.

21 November

The Paston Letters

19 December

Edward III

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 and we meet monthly in members’ homes. Everyone takes responsibility for researching and giving a presentation about a topic. During 2018 we moved from the 17th to the 18th century - worldwide history but we do not stick strictly to the period. We also organise trips. Last year we visited Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, with a guided tour, and Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire. Later in the year, we went to Bolsover Castle for another guided tour.

Our programme for 2019 is:

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18 January

18th Century London reflected in William Hogarth's work

16 February

Early North American Conflicts: Setting the Stage for 'Manifest Destiny'

16 March

Business and the Economy

18 April

The Life and Career of Robert Walpole

16 May

Stockings

20 June

St. Bartholemew's Fair

18 July

"A Dead Bird"

15 August

'The Impact of the American and French Revolutions on British Society and the Beginnings of Romanticism

19 September

Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire

October

TBA

November

TBA

December

TBA

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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

The group began life in 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 and there is a charge of £0.50 per meeting for refeshments.

Each member makes a presentation of about an hour once a year on any nineteenth century topic of their choosing. This is followed by a discussion over refreshments. In addition we have a festive meal, summer barbecue and field trip with partners each year.

The 2019 programme of studies is:

January

Coal and the Fitzwilliams of Wentworth Woodhouse

February

1848 - The Year of Revolution

March

Cecil Rhodes

April

Sir William Armstrong

May

Steamships

June

Victorian Religion

July

Australasia

August

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

September

Ada Lovelace

October

Family, Sex and Marriage in 19th century England

November

Alfred Lord Tenntson

December

Nottingham's Silk Industry

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

Image courtesy of Jane Entwistle

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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.

This group is not currently meeting.

History Group Five

The group has a very wide but extremely interesting scope -  The History and Culture of Derbyshire, and Yorkshire. 

Since inception in February 2018 we have covered the early history of Darley (from 1066) through to the history of coal mining in the region including the fascinating story behind Wentworth Woodhouse.  There was an outing to Cutler's Hall in Sheffield and there are plans for a springtime visit to Wentworth Woodhouse. The group is now full but there is a waiting list.

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

The 2018/9 programme is:

March

Early History of Darley

April

A History of Derbyshire Pottery

May

Tour of Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield

July

Derbyshire/Yorkshire Coal Mining

August

A History of Hydrotherapy in the Derwent and Wye Valleys

September

Sir Joseph Whitworth

October

South Yorkshire Coal Mining II: The Wentworth Woodhouse Estate

November

A History of Hydrotherapy in the Derwent and Wye Valleys

December

Joseph Arkwright

2019

January

Florence Nightingale

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 13 March, 2019
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