North West Region of U3As

Learning & 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.

NW Regional Heritage Centre
Run by Lancaster University, this institution is a source of additional learning events and is a good touchstone for group coordinators, especially with a focus on history, archaeology and art history. Use this link to discover more, and note in particular the round-up of events around the region towards the end of the page. NW Regional Heritage Centre News

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******

New Project starting 2020: 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. Training will be given - for more detailed information and contact details 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.