London Region of U3As


Welcome to London Region Shared Learning Projects: The Coordinator for Shared Learning Projects in the London Region is Jo Walters. If you are not already on the SLP Mailing list and would like your name added for advance notification of SLPs please send a request to: U3A SLP Subscribe. For other SLP-related enquiries contact Jo - her details are on the CONTACT page.
New or Ongoing SLPs:
In collaboration with Wac Arts, who are the current owners of Hampstead Old Town Hall, we are planning to investigate the building's history and architecture and the famous people associated with it. There is a two page flyer with all the information on it - most of the relevant dates being on the second page ... so keep going: SLP Old Hampstead Town Hall Flyer. The project will run from January to March 2019. There will be an introductory meeting at the Old Town Hall on Tuesday 11th December at 11.00am. Brian Levy will lead the project and is happy to answer any queries you may have. You can contact him at: An application form is on the website here: SLP Old Hampstead Application Form or available from:

Charterhouse - Great Chamber We are planning to research the details of daily life at the Charterhouse. Who were the schoolboys? What was life like for the servants? How was food prepared and served? The project underlines the Charterhouse’s commitment to sharing its heritage assets with the public in a way that maximises public engagement and enjoyment.
See more information here:SLP Charterhouse Grt Chamber-Flyer. THIS SLP IS ONLY OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ISLINGTON U3A.

5th Shared Learning Project at the Langdon Down Museum: Scheduled to start in late September 2018 to the end of the year. The project is to learn what we can about the daily lives at Normansfield from a large collection of bills and receipts of the 19th and 20th centuries. There will be a few experienced researchers involved and they would welcome some newcomers.
See Flyer for more details here: 5th Project - Flyer
If you want to join then you'll find the application form for completion (in WORD) here 5th Project - Application Form or as a PDF file here: 5th Project - Application Form PDF.

575 Wandsworth Road: January – March 2019. This is a SW Consortium SLP. 5 volunteers. Leader - Helen Long.
This group is working with the National Trust looking at the history of this house and its interior over 200 years. Changes in the local area from Georgian times to the present day will also be investigated.
Update for London Region of U3As Shared Learning Projects: Shared Learning Projects (SLPs) provide an opportunity for U3A members to work in partnership with institutions such as museums, galleries, universities, libraries, archives, stately homes and institutes. We offer our time, energy and expertise in return for an opportunity to engage actively in research or some other enterprise to the mutual benefit of all involved. We also have lots of fun.

Outcomes of our SLPs usually involve a presentation of our findings. They can be very varied. This year we helped to create a public exhibition at the National Maritime Museum celebrating 100 years of WRNS. We were awarded a prize for this work. We have given a presentation to 100 + attendees at the annual Thames Discovery Foreshore Forum and we have also given quite modest and informal presentations to invited audiences at the conclusion of our other projects.
All our projects are collaborative and usually involve 6 -12 U3A members from different U3As offering their time over a period of 3 months to carry out research, or other agreed activity which will be of value to the partner organisation and of interest to the project team members. Our latest collaboration with Royal Holloway is more ambitious in scope: members are working in small groups or on their own and there is no fixed time for their research. A project with Roehampton University in 2018 will involve two separate groups working for six months with meetings at monthly intervals.
Each project is unique and tailored specifically to the needs of the partner institution and to the interests of our extensive and diverse membership.
Nearly all Shared Learning Projects are developed from personal contacts with the institution concerned, rather than 'cold calls', so if you are a volunteer, have contacts at a suitable institution, or just have a suggestion for an SLP, please contact Jo Walters straight away! See CONTACT tab for details.

SLP with Royal Philatelic Society London: Next year will be the 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). To mark this anniversary an exhibition is being organised of selected items from the museum that will illustrate highlights in the history of the Society. To help with the production of the exhibition a Shared Learning Project (SLP) with the U3A has been organised. For more information click here: SLP Royal Philatelic Soc.
"Highlights of No 41 Devonshire Place" Temporary Exhibition. The volunteers on this project presented their findings at RPSL on 31st July. The exhibition is open until 2nd November 2018.
Quotes from the volunteers:-

"This was my first experience as a U3A volunteer at a Shared Learning Project. I had wanted to engage in something of interest and outside my sphere of knowledge which is why I chose this project connected with the RSPL and the exhibition launch. It’s been an engaging experience for me, researching a subject which is so specialised has opened my eyes to the complexities of taking part in such a project." U3A volunteer, Larry SLP Royal Philatelic Soc. Sequeira

"Until I did this project I did not realise that there was so much involved in “stamp collecting” and what an interesting history The Royal Philatelic Society London has. The opportunity to research and handle the Society’s precious objects has been a unique experience. U3A volunteer, Carole Haskel
Photo: (R-L) Museum Chairman Bill Hedley, U3A Volunteers, Curator Juliet Turk, SLP Coordinator Jo Walters

Smithfield and its Residents in the Year of the Great Plague, 1665: This project was completed on 29th March when the U3A team gave a presentation to Brothers and Volunteers of the Charterhouse and to other interested people. See the photographs below. For more information click here: SLP - Plague Flyer

Researching citizenship in the UK: This is a three year project involving U3A members (mainly in the London and South East Region) with Royal Holloway University of London. Members work in small groups or individually. In the LR to date, 23 projects have been started with three groups and other people working in pairs or on their own. Please tell your local members about this project - there is still plenty of time to participate - and ask them to look at the website site at:
For details click here: Royal Holloway. The project has a three year span, continuing to the end of 2019, and new projects are welcome. Please email Peter Cox for further details and an application form at:
For a report on the year 2018-19 click here: SLP Report, 2018-19
For a report on the year 2017-18 click here: SLP Report, 2017-18.
For a report on the activities in the year 2016-17 click here: SLP Report, 2016-17.

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