Make a historic decision ... study history in one of these groups.
HISTORY - 1
Thames Ditton - 2.00–4.00 alternate Mondays
Currently studying the Age of Enlightenment.
This group has been meeting since 1998 in Claygate. There are currently 10 members on role of which usually 9 are present at each meeting.
We are currently studying the History of America and have studied London in the past. We intend to go on to study Russia. Everyone takes it in turns to do a paper for discussion.
HISTORY - 2
Walton - 10.30–12.00 Tuesday, every four weeks
Currently studying the history of the USA.
This group was started in 2013 and meets at the leader’s home.
It has 9 members which is the maximum number that can be currently accommodated. The Group Leader is not a qualified teacher, it is his interest. The meetings are structured and follow a definite programme which includes DVDs.
Previous years have covered the History of the USA, the British Empire and British history from 1066.
The Group has found that the study of History has given them a better understanding of Current Affairs.
HISTORY - 3
Weybridge - 10.30–12.15 alternate Tuesdays
Currently studying A Short History Of Europe - from Pericles to Putin.
This group can trace its own history over two decades; since its formation by Zygmunt Lewandowski. Ziggy set the pattern for our group meetings, which we follow today.
We work from a set text (at present "A Short History Of Europe - from Pericles to Putin" by Simon Jenkins), which the group can read up in advance if they choose; there is usually some reading of the text at our meetings but with the emphasis on discussion with each member encouraged to offer her or his own knowledge, experience or thoughts on the topic in hand. This leads to lively, friendly discussion between the group members. We have 11 members with the majority attending each meeting, in the home of one of our group who lives in Weybridge.
We endeavour to choose topics which encourage participation – and our current text certainly fulfills that criteria. We all have memories and knowledge of our neighbours in Europe and it is fascinating to have them aired and discussed.
In the past we have covered World history, European history, the history of our Empire and the history of civilisation – in the sense of how our civilisation dominated the rest! We have also studied the history of England.
Often the authors of our texts are chosen for their writing style as much as for content. Two favourites are Niall Ferguson and Simon Jenkins. We have not yet decided on our next subject, but as always it will be a group decision.
I pay tribute to past leaders of the group, especially Peggy Linton. It has been their enthusiasm and commitment that has kept us together over such a long period.
I thank the group members past and present for their loyal support, encouragement and good humour.