Shared Learning projects

This page gives details of any Shared Learning Projects (SLPs) that Ealing U3A is taking part in. SLPs are the ‘flagship’ of U3A enquiry-led learning and a great opportunity for members of several U3As to get involved in shared research projects with external organisations for the benefit of the wider community. For more information on SLPs in the London region, see London SLPs.


Hounslow Council approached Ealing U3A in early 2020, inviting us to undertake a research project on Boston Manor House, the Jacobean Manor House built in 1623, in Brentford. The Council would like the research project to result in materials which could be used in the House when it reopens to the public following major refurbishment.

The first meeting of the shared learning project [SLP] was held in March 2020, under the leadership of Ruth Wheatman, and a plan was to be devised for the research which will look into three distinct eras of the House.
Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the project team has been unable to visit the house and we are still considering the scope of the research and the topics to be addressed. We hope to relaunch the SLP in April 2021 with a visit to the House, when restrictions may be eased. If any members of Ealing U3A would like to join the project, they would be welcome and should contact Derek Atkinson using the Chairman email.


Gunnersbury Park Museum have recently acquired the collection of Roy Gough, a former stills photographer at the world renowned Ealing Studios for a number of years in the mid-20th Century. The Museum has started a project called 'Shooting Stars' to help identify, catalogue and eventually display a collection of these photos.

Ealing U3A is working with Gunnersbury on this project and any of our members with an interest in films and some knowledge of films from that era are welcome to join in the project.

There are some files available related to this project, which give more details:

If you are interested in joining the project, contact Sue Peach via the Treasurer email or Phil Broomsgrove via the Webmaster email.

Gunnersbury Park Museum have now announced that they will be launching a free outdoor exhibition in the park of the Roy Gough/Ealing Studios photographs. The exhibition opens from Monday 12th April and will run for approximately 3 months. It is accessible all day, every day during Park opening hours.