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 present owners of Hampstead Old Town Hall, we are currently investigating 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 initial project will run from January to March 2019. An introductory meeting at the Old Hampstead Town Hall was held on Tuesday 11th December. Brian Levy is leading 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:

5th Shared Learning Project at the Langdon Down Museum: this SLP has been researching a large collection of bills and receipts for Normansfield in 19th and 20th centuries. Their final presentation was a talk by the volunteers: 'Local Suppliers to Normansfield -1868 to 1930s'. Topics included the farm, electrical lighting, the laundry, musical instruments, weaving, photography and kitchen supplies. See their programme here: SLP Langdon Downs The presentation will be available on the Langdon Down Museum website in due course. There is likely to be a 6th SLP set up in due course.

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.

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: a 6th SLP with RPSL was organised to coincide with their 150 year anniversary. This contributed to a temporary exhibition illustrating highlights in the history of the Society. The volunteers on this project presented their findings at RPSL on 31st July. The exhibition was open until 2nd November 2018. It will be on display at the International Philatelic Exhibition in Stockholm in May 2019.For more information click here: SLP Royal Philatelic Soc.
"Highlights of No 41 Devonshire Place" Temporary Exhibition.. 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

Charterhouse - Great Chamber: guided by Cathy Ross from the London Metropolitan Archives, a team of volunteers from Islington U3A collaborated with volunteers from the Charterhouse to investigate details of life for the pensioners and scholars in the seventeenth century and researched the work (and complaints) of staff members. The findings were showcased at the Charterhouse on 7th February 2019. The project underlines the Charterhouse’s commitment to sharing its heritage assets with the public in a way that maximises public engagement and enjoyment. Our thanks to Cynthia Adobea-Aidoo for her leadership and encouragement. A full report of their findings is provided for information here: SLP Charterhouse3

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 See also a poem on the subject here SLP 1665 Plague Poem

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:
Below you can see full reports per year but its always good to know that some projects have a legacy which carries on. See a brief update on the WPH project of 2017 here: Pioneering Courage Film. We never say anything about volunteers who take on new roles within an organisation and continue to contribute to research etc.

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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