National & Regional U3A



This section includes information on national and regional courses and news, together  with the resource centre and other national U3A networks.



The U3A National Office details :

The Third Age Trust

The Old Municipal Buildings

19 East Street



Tel:                 020 8466 6139



Virtual U3A

We have received the  following information on The Virtual U3A.: “The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.”

Legal Advice

 The U3A offers a free, 24 hour Legal Advice service for members on any legal issues. Simply telephone 01455 251 500 and quote: Name: The Third Age Trust, Number: 70494



The Resource Centre in the National Office in Bromley has a collection of non-book material available to all U3A groups to borrow free of charge except for the cost of return postage. There are slides, videos, cassettes, dvds and cd roms available in a wide range of subjects. Individual subject lists are available from the Resource Centre on request and the whole catalogue is available here on the web site with an ordering facility. Please note that you have to first register with the Resource Centre as a user either by telephoning between 9.30am and 3.30pm on either a TUESDAY or a THURSDAY, or online by going into the resource centre catalogue and clicking on ‘sign up’. Bookings can be made 9 months ahead and loans are for an initial period of 3 weeks. Over 75% of U3As are making regular use of the Resource Centre to support and enhance their study groups and if you would like more detail about a particular item do not hesitate to contact the Resource Centre by email or telephone 0208 315 0199#



For details of U3A Chess by email, click here



For a link to the North West U3A website, click on NORTH WEST REGION WEBSITE.   For the latest NW U3A Newsletter, click on NW U3A 



U3A Science Network 2018 Annual Meeting -
Advance Notice

Following the successful meeting in 2017 we are pleased to announce that the U3A science network will meet up again in 2018.
The 2018 U3A Science network annual meeting will again be held at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus from Monday 6th August to Thursday 9th August 2018.
There will be visits on the Wednesday afternoon to choose from.

For further details click here



U3A 2018 National Summer Schools

In the past several of our members have attended U3A summer schools and have given favourable reports about them.  Here is some information regarding the 2018 Summer Schools:

Booking opens on 16th February 2018

To book please visit or call the National Office on 020 8466 6139

Cost:      Residential Place             £325.00                 Day Delegate     £110.00

Summer School 1 – Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire – Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th July 

Topics available include:

Crosswords                                        Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners

France                                                  Regards sur la France actuelle

Garden History                                 Influential Women Gardeners in English History

Literature/Philosophy                   Brothers in Arms – William & Henry James

Mathematics                                     The Unexpected Pleasures of Counting

Opera                                                   Shakespeare’s Opera Giants – Othello and Falstaff

Play Ukulele

Recorder Ensemble Playing        Making Music

Spanish History                                 From Moors to Conquistadors: Spain 711 to 1598


Summer School 2 – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th September

Topics available include:

Art History                                          British Art between the Wars

Music                                                    Classic albums of the 50s and 60s

Creative Writing                              Let’s write a Soap Opera

Drama                                                   Vengeance, Plague, Death, Confusion

English Poetry                                   English Love Poetry

History                                                 The French Revolution of 1789-95

Linguistics                                           Conversation Theory

Language                                             Latin remembered

Musicals                                              Make believe

Singing                                                 Singing for Pleasure


U3A Summer School 2, Cirencester, 15th-18th August 2016

For a review of the summer school go to Review of Group Events, Visits and Outings





‘Cottonopolis’ is the topic being studied by a combined Manchester U3A project group.  They are putting on the following events which may interest you:

Your round-up of this summer’s Cottonopolis events :


Tuesday 31st July 6.30 pm: Finding the Cotton Famine, Portico Library, Mosley Street, Manchester

Marking the launch of the accessible database of Cotton Famine poems, with recitations and song drawn from the original poems sent into local newspapers.  Ideal for anyone wishing to join the Cotton Famine Poetry research project (below).  This is a free event but please book online.


Wednesday 22nd August:   Manchester Central Library: How to join in with the Cotton Famine Poetry research 10.30 – 3.00 pm

Free to GMU3A network members.   For our members who want to experience first hand the buzz of finding a piece of real history,  Dr Simon Rennie will show what to look for, how to record and submit your findings and – crucially – how to use the microfilm readers to be found in our public libraries. Discover more and book online at


Monday September 3rd:  Manchester Mass Motoring,  MMU, 70 Oxford Road (near Oxford Road Station), 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Free to GMU3A network members.   Dr Craig Horner will lead you through his ‘living history’ project, which recognises the contribution of motoring and car ownership to the development of Manchester and its suburbs.  Your memories of your first car, trips and journeys can contribute to a historical database, and you will learn how to replicate the methods for gathering these accounts back in your own U3A.


7th August:  Sketching the Past  –  10.00 am – lunchtime, informal try-out of urban sketching around Castlefield, in friendly experienced company with Catherine Freeman of Tameside U3A. Free, but bring own materials.


Members of U3As in the Greater Manchester Network can attend free – but you must nonetheless book.   Any other U3A member can attend for a £5 fee. If your U3A joins the network, you may attend free of charge.


We’re happy to answer your queries.   Contact Maggy 07565 327598 or Jenny 07757 297604. Leave a message or send a text! Sometimes we can’t pick up but we will respond.





U3A Autumn Series of Events – the following are national events which, although not local, may be of interest to some of you:


Online booking is available at or call the National Office on 0208 466 6139.


‘We the Curious’ – Bristol Science Centre, Thursday 20th September

On a journey through the biology, chemistry and psychology of our amazing brains.

Workshops, a show and welcome refreshments with admission to the two floors of exhibits.

10.30 am – 5.15 pm.  £20 (bookings open in June).


Unravelling the Whitworth – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Thursday 4th October

A day of hands on discovery to unravel the secrets of the gallery’s textile and wallpaper collection.  Talks from curators, a tour and a hands-on session facilitated by an artist with welcome refreshments.

10.00 am – 4.00 pm.  £27.50 (bookings open in July).


Music and Art Afternoon – National Museum, Cardiff, Tuesday 9th October

Talks on the Davies Sisters’ art collection and a talk on Margaret Haig Thomas.  A special performance by the Welsh National Opera singers.

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm.  £15.00 (bookings open in July).


The Royal Institution – London, Monday 15th October

Explore an afternoon of science talks at the Royal Institution, London.

1.45 – 4.45 pm.  £21.50 (bookings open in July)


‘Makers not Muses’ – The National Gallery, London, Thursday 1st November

A day of talks by the National Gallery experts exploring the status of female artists, their paintings and obstacles to success.

11.00 am – 3.45 pm.  £25.00 (bookings open in August).


From Page to Stage – Ambassador Theatre – Lyceum Theatre, London, Monday 12th November

Under the watchful eyes of three directors, Harry Burton, Lisa Spirling and Jane Moriarty, your chance to direct a scene, putting into practice valuable lessons learnt through the day.  Welcome refreshments.

10.30 am – 4.30 pm.  £37.50 (bookings open in August).


Guildhall Art Gallery – London, Wednesday 28th November or Thursday 29th November (2 separate dates)

Delve into the Roman archaeological world buried beneath the City of London.   A day of workshops and talks with welcome refreshments.

11.00 am – 4.00 pm.  £22.00 (bookings open in August).


Christmas Concerts – The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London, Monday 3rd December, performances at 2.00 pm or 5.30 pm and Tuesday 18th December at 2.00 pm only.

The Brandenburg Singers will perform a balanced programme of familiar repertoire alongside traditional carols.  £19.50 (bookings open late September).




 ”The Third Age Trust’s Conference and AGM, 2013″ video

For a video on “The Third Age Trust’s Conference and AGM, 2013″ see below.   This video is available by permission of the national U3A for whom it was prepared.