History with Rowena
HISTORY GROUP PROGRAMME 2019/2020
The Group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at Brackla Community Centre, starting at 1.00pm for coffee and chat. Our next meeting is on 9th March, but we will be meeting a week earlier in April, on the 6th, because of Easter.
We continue to work our way through the Timeline of the early months of the Second World War, sharing a range of information on global, national, Welsh and local/personal events. We do so now to some purpose as we have been asked to contribute displays and information for a VE Day Celebration event to be held at Brackla Community Centre on Friday, 8th May. All and more contributions are welcome as we prepare our displays.
To ensure that as many people as possible can remain involved, and to make the best use of the time we have available, we will be working on a ‘project’ from September 2019 through to the end of July 2020 – yes, there will be meetings in June and July 2020. Working on a project should also increase individual participation and learning potential. We all have something we can contribute.
In September 2019 it will be 80 years since the beginning of the Second World War. Some of us remember the War, some of us were born after it, but one way or another it affected all of our lives. The History Group Project will focus on developing a month by month timeline of events between September 1939 and July 1940. The early months of WWII were often referred to as the ‘phoney war’ but in reality, there was much happening in Wales, Britain and beyond.
I must emphasise that the Project will not be focusing exclusively on the War. It will produce a timeline of significant events in our individual lives (who was born, who died, who enlisted etc), what was happening in our local communities (news items, colliery incidents, factories opening, etc), what was happening in Wales (sport, major developments, natural disasters etc), what was happening in Britain, mainland Europe and world-wide. We might want to think about what film stars were making the headlines, what world records were achieved, and so on. Anything and everything notable that happened during those months.
The objective will be to produce a display – call it an exhibition if you will – of our timeline, featuring a mixture of narrative and images, to share with our U3A Branch members and maybe wider still if there is interest. At this stage I am not proposing that we set this up as a ‘Shared Learning Project’ but if other groups show an interest in joining us, eg local history societies or similar, it might grow.
The new format for our meetings will be tea/coffee at the start of the meeting (bring lunch if you want to), informal chat and sharing our timeline contributions for that particular month, and around 1.45pm we will gather for a talk (yes, we will still be having talks) or some other input. You won’t need to arrive promptly at 1.00pm if that is difficult.
I look forward to seeing you.