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The History Group

Leader:  Jane Harris - history@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 838025

Any U3A member is welcome at our meetings.

All meetings with speakers will be held at Packington Memorial Hall.
Doors open for Packington meetings at 2pm, with a start as soon as possible after that, hopefully by 2.10pm.

Details of visits will be advised closer to the time.
The following dates have been arranged, but may be subject to changes which will be announced on a rolling monthly basis.

Future programme

Thu 23rd May2:00 pmPackington Hall.John Whitehead - 'Richard III'
Thu 27th Jun8:00 amHampton Court8 am depart by coach from Royal hotel. Arrive at approx 11.30 to 12.00. Depart 4 pm return Ashby approx 7.30 - 8 pm.
£35 for coach and entrance. Guided tour of the Palace available at £4.50.
Hand cheques payable to Ashby U3A to Colin Ellis by April 25th latest
Thu 25th Jul2:00 pmPackington Hall. Brian Johnson - 'Made in Leics'
Thu 22nd Aug TBADonington-le-Heath Manor
Thu 26th Sep2:00 pmPackington Hall. Stephen Flinders - 'The Old Curiousity Box'
Thu 24th Oct2:00 pmPackington Hall. Janet - 'A History of the World from the bottom up'
Thu 28th Nov TBA'Tissington Hall at Christmas'

Thursday 25th April

The History Group undertook a self-drive visit to the Civil War Museum in Newark on 25th April. All the participants somehow found their way into the café during the morning. The museum is sited alongside a theatre almost a century old and shares reception facilities. We were fortunate in being able to enjoy a short tour into the auditorium, which was a most excellent medium sized theatre with original features. As with so many such buildings, it fell onto hard times during the middle of the past century but has since been rescued and restored with a secure future. Our group then split into smaller parties for lunch.

We gathered again for a brief introductory talk before starting our independent tours. There was a film show which told the story of Newark during the sieges of the war from the viewpoint of individual families who suffered plague, hunger and bombardments. The various exhibits told the history of the Civil War with examples of the weapons, clothing, armour and medical instruments of the period.

It makes one glad to live in the 21st Century, even if we do have to live through Brexit!

The Museum also contained exhibits relating to the other local history of the town including a fabulous iron age necklace or torc weighing 700g and dating to between 200 and 50 BC and found again in 2005.

After a fascinating afternoon, we made our way back home: the hardy to participate in Supper Club later, those less adventurous, perhaps to cocoa by the fire.

Earlier history meeting