North West Region of U3As

Learning and Research

Learning and Research.
The North West Region of U3As is committed to supporting all forms of learning, and we have volunteers who will help you select, plan and publicise projects. These might be undertaken by individual members, by groups in a U3A or between members from several U3As across the region.

A Journey Through Egypt: 12.45 - 4.50 pm, 30th March 2020
Cost £10 Location Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent a half mile level walk from Bolton railway station
With Dr Jo Backhouse of Liverpool University and Ian Trumble of Bolton Museums.
Bolton Museum has been lavishly endowed with ancient Egyptian artefacts since the turn of the 20th century. The museum recently underwent a £3.8 million revamp which included a new Egyptology Gallery, whose centrepiece is a precise full size replica of the tomb of Tuthmosis III.
Expertly guided gallery tour and object handling sessions
Places limited to 25 Deadline for applying 09/03/2020
Printable flyer and booking form on right of this page
Online booking and payment at

Tutankhamun, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh: Study day 4th December 2019
Cost £12 Location Wigan Museum 500m Wigan NW station
******Sorry, now sold out but please contact Maggy if you would like to go on waiting list******

Transcribing Tithe Documents
This new partnership project with the Lancashire Archives is open to all individual members in the North West. It involves reading old ledgers written in copperplate, and transcribing the information onto a spreadsheet. On Tuesday 5th November 2019,33 interested members attended the inauguaral training at the Lancashire Archives in Preston, and 23 have selected geographical areas to work on. If you would like to know more or join in, please see the Transcribing Tithe Ledgers flyer

Showcase your U3A
If you have already completed a project or a piece of research and would like others to know about it, we are happy to feature it here on our website. Use the 'contact' page to get in touch.

The Talking Kirkby reminiscence project is an excellent example of this way of working. Members of Kirkby & District U3A worked with local residents as part of a lottery-funded initiative to record their memories, and these are now preserved and made accessible to all by Knowsley Archives.

One of our regional aims is to make lasting links with learning organisations so that it becomes customary for providers to 'think U3A' when they are planning ahead. These organisations range from local societies to universities, museums, archives and libraries. This is an ongoing process, but as an example of progress made, in 2019 Bolton U3A achieved a formal 'Memorandum of Understanding' with Bolton University, which was followed by a mass meeting of U3A members and departmental staff to exchange ideas.

Take a look at the Events page for more information about training days and meetings.

The U3A has a research database. It contains all the research we know about that has been done in the UK. You may access the information on the database by region or topic or keyword.

Click to access the U3A Research Database.