***** GROUP ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN *****
- The group has been exchanging suggestions by email for books and TV programmes of interest.
- They also did a small project on VE day family memories which produced some interesting stories. A selection will be published in the Newsletter.
- Some members decided to do a separate project on the history of the former Yugolslavia countries which they will be discussing over Zoom.
The Group has been running now for nearly 3 years. We have decided to study different topics and to look at different aspects of that topic over time. Each person in the Group presents a paper.
We have studied Crime and Punishment, and The "Balloon Game" This involved us each choosing a character from History (we deliberately chose slightly more obscure characters). We each researched a character, and over the course of the next few meetings, we each be presented a paper on that person's life. The imaginary scenario is that they were all in a hot air balloon, but their combined weight is too much, so three characters have to be ejected from the balloon! Our next project was to study a number of battles that changed History. We then selected a county, and a famous building within that county, and we each prepared a paper on either that building, or a person connected with it. After that, we studied various aspects of colonialism, and covered a very wide range of colonial expansions from ancient to modern times.
Our next project was to look at a series of dynasties which have had a great impact on the nations where they ruled, and this was followed by reviewing major inventions, and inventors, which has seen us branch out into science and technology as well as history! We then studied 12 of the US presidents, deliberately selecting some of the more obscure ones. We then looked at different aspects of cultural history, (our current topic) and will then turn our attention to events that changed History.
For our Christmas social events, we have joined forces with some of the members of History 2, and had a guided tour of the Law Courts, and the Temple, followed by lunch at the historic and spectacular Middle temple Banqueting Hall. We have also enjoyed a pub lunch.
Some of the group recently visited the National Archives to view the Cold war exhibition.
For more information, please contact the group leader - Mike Brigden
The Group is currently full, but there are vacancies in History 2.