33 U3A in Bath
    Talks given in the past (2005 - 2013)   
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6 Oct 2005 Early Photography
Roger Watson, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock
3 Nov 2005 Herculaneum
Prof.Robert Fowler
1 Dec 2005 Heraldry in Bath Abbey
Roland Symons
5 Jan 2006 Whales and Dolphins: Angels or Devils?
A Consideration of Intelligence and Perceptions.

Mark Simmonds

Mark Simmonds is International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. He has been a University Lecturer and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission and served for several years on the UK Delegation to the IWC.
2 Feb 2006 Life in Stuart Bath
Dr.John Wroughton
2 Mar 2006 Tales from Bath Archives
Colin Johnson
City Archivist.
6 Apr 2006 Right People, Right Time, Right Place:
The Founding of the American Museum.

Judy Grant
American Museum
4 May 2006 Pumping Up The Pressure:
why high blood pressure is bad for you.

Professor Julian Paton
Professor of Physiology at Bristol University.
6 July 2006 The Bristol River Avon:
rocks, landscape and possible origin.

Elizabeth Devon
7 Sept 2006 Non-verbal Communication and Body Language
Dr.Harry Witchell
Dept.of Physiology, Medical School, Bristol University
5 Oct 2006 Tales from the Green Valley
Peter Sommer
Travel Writer and TV Producer
2 Nov 2006 The Construction and Operation of Water Mills
Martin Watts
Mill Wright and Industrial Historian
7 Dec 2006 Laos and Vietnam
Dr,Anne Cook
Travel Writer and Doctor
4 Jan 2007 The Terracotta Army
Eddie Field
1 Feb 2007 Medieval Bath
Peter Davenport
1 Mar 2007 The Killer Wave of 1607
Prof.Simon Haslett
5 Apr 2007 The Quarry
David Boag
An exploration of the geology and the finds in a quarry in the course of extraction.
3 May 2007 Iceland - Last Wilderness in Europe
Lothar Respondek
5 July 2007 Intelligent Robots: present reality and future possibilities
Prof.Alan Winfield
Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol
6 Sept 2007 Written on the Wall: The Uncertain Future of the English Language
Dr.Nick Ostler
4 Oct 2007 Why Revolutions Always Fail
Prof.William Gosling
1 Nov 2007 The Navvies who made Box Tunnel
Dinah Starkey
Author and Historian
6 Dec 2007 God and Mammon: Art Patronage in the Sassetti Chapel
Bob Baggs
3 Jan 2008 A Blast from the Past: Medieval Woodwind Instruments
Jonathan Weeks
7 Feb 2008 The Holburne Development Proposals
Xa Sturgis
13 Mar 2008 Blown and Stained Glass
Themis Mikellides
Bath Aqua Glass. Displays of their work will be available.
3 Apr 2008 Lunatick Astronomy - A Dramatic Lecture
Andrew Lound
1 May 2008 Roman Food and Drink
Ian Meadows
3 July 2008 Operation Henry - a hinny's experiences to Santiago de Compostela
David Snelling
This is a mixture of travelogue and description of his own attempts to celebrate the millenium.
4 Sept
Pain: When a Symptom becomes a Disease
Prof.David Blake
Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
2 Oct
Sustainable Housing
Bill Gething
Feilden Clegg Bradley
6 Nov
A Second Blast from the Past:
Medieval Instruments (Horns and Strings)

Jonathan Weeks
4 Dec
Food on Nelson's Victory
Jean Seymour
8 Jan
Dry Stone Walls: Morphology, Geology, Chronology, Ecology
Chris Stephens
Chairman, National Dry Stone Walling Association
12 Mar
Witnessing Reality in Palestine
Judith Hammond
She has recently been out there as a human rights observer for 3 months.
2 Apr
An Entertainment
U3A in Bath Creative Writing Group
This marks the launch of their tenth volume of collected works.
7 May
The Real Henry VIII - a look behind the propaganda, myths and media distortions
Derek Wilson
Tudor Historian
4 June
Annual General Meeting

2 July
Nice Barrage: Shame about the Fish
Dr. David Bird
University of the West of England
3 Sept
The State of Liberty in the Present Day
Don Foster, MP
JS Mill's "On Liberty"was published 150 years ago.
1 Oct
The Structure of the Earth: what is below our feet and how we know
Prof Michael Walter
Dept of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
5 Nov
Climate Change, Peak Oil and Bath
Peter Andrews
Director Eco-logic Books, co-ordinator Transition Bath, chair Bath Organic Group
3 Dec
The Lottery of the Genes
Professor John Beardmore
Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Swansea
4 Feb
Contemporary Hollywood and Politics
Matthew Alford
11 Mar
Bogbumpers, tigers and barrages: so what does the RSPB really do?
Peter Exley
Public Affairs Manager, RSPB, South West England

1 Apr
Jumping Rats and Giant Venomous Shrews: the work of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Richard Young
Conservation Biologist at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

6 May
Peak Oil: who should we believe?
Ian Page
3 June
Filming in and around Bath
Lynne Locker and Jenni Wagstaffe
Film Liaison Office, B&NES
2 Sept
Pirates of the Barbary Coast: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-Century Mediterranean
Adrian Tinniswood
Talk based on his new book.
7 Oct
William Beckford, Sultan of Lansdown
Amy Frost
Bath Preservation Trust
4 Nov
Mount Sinai:  Christian history, Bedouin culture and good walks
Gordon Wilkinson
Responsible tourism with Yalla Jabaleya!
2 Dec
Circle Bath - The Future of Hospital Design
Mark Cammies,  Property Director of Health Properties Management Ltd
and  Darron Haylock,  Architect of Foster & Partners
6 Jan
What is Art?
Robert Gillan 
linguist, art historian and lecturer
3 Feb
Health, home or happiness - what matters in Quality of Life?
Professor Suzanne Skevington and Alison Llewellyn 

A full account of the research underlying this talk can be found at www.bath.ac.uk/whoqol
3 Mar
The Holburne Museum reborn: Countdown to re-opening
Alexander Sturgis 
Director of the Holburne Museum
7 Apr
Rereading Children's Fiction: Memory and Emotion
Alison Waller 
Roehampton University
5 May
The 1st Anglo-Afghan War of 1839-42: A Warning from History
Saul David 
Historian and Broadcaster
2 Jun
The perceived health benefits of Bath Spa: an analysis of our changing attitudes to ill health
Professor David Blake 
1 Sep
The Air Ambulance - the challenges and opportunities ahead
Mark Wilkins 
Former helicopter pilot and fundraiser for the County Air Ambulance Trust
6 Oct
The Astrolabe, from East to West: An exchange of knowledge and traditions from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Christopher Parkin 
Museum of History of Science, Oxford
3 Nov
Up To Now and Beyond: rediscovering the music and life of composer Martin Fallas Shaw.
George Odam 
Emeritus Professor, Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
1 Dec
The re-location and re-development of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Nicholas Wray 
Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden
5 Jan
Sailing Round the World - The B.T. Global Challenge
Roger Leitch 
2 Feb
Barnardos: Past Present and Future
Emma Poingdestre 
Regional Development Officer (South and South West) for Gifts in Wills
1 Mar
"Degenerate Art" Exhibition of 1937
Professor Neil Gregor;
Dept. of History University of Southampton
5 Apl
Rosie's War 
Julia Holland and Noel Fursman;
3 May
Heart Disease through the Ages;
Dr Patrick J Gallagher, MD
7 Jun
Place Names of the Bath and Bristol Area
Richard Coates
Researcher and teacher at the University of the West of England
6 Sep
Wolfe of Quebec
Saul David 
Historian and broadcaster
An assessment of the remarkable general who died, at the age of 32, in the hour of his finest victory on the Heights of Abraham in 1759.
4 Oct
Can you hear me at the back?
Libbie Sheppard 
Action on Hearing Loss
How Action on Hearing Loss is working for a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label.
1 Nov
My life as a freelance comedy writer
Nick R Thomas 
Comedy Writer
Nick R Thomas has been writing radio comedy since 1990 and is a speaker at events throughout the country
6 Dec
The Life and Voice of Kathleen Ferrier, Britain's greatest lyric contralto
Dr Christopher Fifield  
Conductor, music historian, broadcaster and lecturer
Our December talk on Kathleen Ferrier became a casualty of problems on the railways when our speaker, Dr Christopher Fifield, could not get out of Paddington. Both we and Dr Fifield are sorry that so many people were disappointed. The talk has been rescheduled for 2014.
3 Jan
Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People, especially with Talking Books and Talking Newspapers
Paul Collis  
Volunteer public speaker for RNIB
7 Feb
The Cleveland Pools: their history and potential restorations
Linda Watts 
Trustee of Cleveland Pools
For more information on the Pools and the work of the Trust   CLICK HERE
14 March

Treasures saved for the Nation: the work of the Art Fund
Anthony Pugh-Thomas 
Retired Solicitor and member of the Art Fund and member of many conservation societies

4 April
The History of British Woodland and the Work of the Woodland Trust
Richard Slingsby 
Woodland Trust
Volunteer speaker with the Woodland Trust Speakers Scheme
Further Information
2 May
The History and Uses of Tea
Ian Green 
Wiltshire Tea Company
Further Information
6 June
Montserrat -- Life before and after the eruption
Bob Thompson 
Retired Academic Earth Scientist (Durham University)
Further Information
11 July
Strictly for U3A in Bath members only.
5 September
Friends of Sir Robert Hart: Three Generations of Carrall Women in China
Mary Tiffen
Author and Retired Researcher
3 October
The social and political satire of Gilbert and Sullivan
Bernard Lockett
Further Information
7 November
What happens when we run out of oil?
Professor Chris Rhodes
Author and Researcher
Further Information
5 December
Alias Richard Lee : Pictures of a Chaplin actor
Nanette Ackerman
Author, Playwright
Further Information