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Jul 03

Sept 20th National U3A Bristol Science Day – 5 Senses you may have 33!

We The Curious is a cultural venue in the heart of historic Bristol, offering exciting and stimulating experiences based around science and the arts. U3A members are invited to enjoy a day out with a difference. On a journey through the biology, chemistry and psychology of our amazing brains we’ll examine how our senses help us understand the world. In two hands-on workshops we focus first on our perception of scents at a molecular level and then on the microscope techniques used in the diagnosis of brain tumours. A special show in the Studio on site reveals why we perhaps you shouldn’t always believe what we think!

No prior or specialist knowledge is required as the activities are designed to be suitable and enjoyable for all.

The day will include welcome refreshments, introductory talk, two workshops, a show and full admission to the venue with two floors of exhibits.


Car Parking: Millennium Square car park is a 24hr car park adjacent to We The Curious. Postcode for Sat Nav – BS1 5LL (Up to 8 hours £12.00). There is also a NCP carpark very close by.

For groups arriving by minibus there is some free parking onsite but this is limited and would need to be arranged in advance via National Office.

Train: Closest train station is Bristol Temple Mead

Jul 03

Sept 19th National U3A Jazz Study Day


11.00am start

1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch Break

2.00pm Afternoon session

4.00pm Finish

We have arranged for the master of the saxophone and clarinet, band leader Alan Barnes, to come along with his eight piece all star band to enlighten and entertain us. The first half, in the morning, will be the informative part, with Alan and the band illustrating jazz styles through the years, and taking us through his composing and arranging process. The afternoon session will be a concert performance by Alan and his Octet. Alan’s band is – really – the best of the best in jazz.U3A

Jul 03

Kingston University Research Project – On Optimism

The experiment investigates the optimism bias with event-related potentials and involves the recording of electrical brain activity with EEG (electroencephalography). This is a safe, harmless and non-invasive technique that involves the fitting of a cap with electrodes on the scalp. During the experimental session, the participant will be shown a series of statements on the computer screen and will be asked to make judgements on them while the electrical brain activity will be recorded. The study will take place at the Department of Psychology of Kingston University (Penrhyn Road campus) under the supervision of Dr Giulia Galli. Overall, the experimental session will last about one hour and half, including preparation for the EEG recording.

We are looking for a particular demographic population to research (people who are 65 years old and above, and native English speaker).

Please reply to Roberta Allegretta at :-

Jun 06

5th Shared Learning Project at the Langdon Down Museum 2018/19

  • The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

    The museum at Normansfield in Teddington tells the story of Dr John Langdon Down and his institution Normansfield. It includes artifacts from the Royal Earlswood Asylum and one of its residents, the savant James Henry Pullen. The Grade II* building includes a Victorian theatre. Langdon Down and his family brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to care, education and training for those with all conditions of learning disability. The institution opened in 1868 and closed as an NHS hospital in 1997.

    Today part of the original building is home to the Down’s Syndrome Association, Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre. The museum researches the history of Normansfield and social history of learning disability. We are members of the London Museums of Health and Medicine and the Open University Social History of Learning Disability Group.

    For further information see:

    The Project: Daily Life as seen in the bills and receipts of the 19th and 20th centuries

    The museum has a large collection of bills and receipts for Normansfield that cover a period from the late 19th to early 20th century.

    Part of the collection is on permanent loan from local historian Ken Howe whose article can be read here:

    The Normansfield Bills

    From these bills and receipts a picture of daily life will be formed as they contain everything needed to run a large long stay institution.

    As well as the materials in the museum archive, volunteers will need to visit the London Metropolitan Archives in Islington and other local history museums.

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    What we ask of volunteers

    • Attend a preliminary 2 hour meeting with the group leader and volunteers. This will include an introduction to the history of Normansfield by the Langdon Down Museum archivist, Ian Jones- Healey.
    • Be available to attend the meetings at Normansfield at the agreed times and dates. It is expected that volunteers will attend all meetings, but there is room for flexibility.
    • To develop a short PowerPoint presentation and talk of their research and present this to an audience.
    • Conduct research at the Langdon Down Museum archive, the London Metropolitan Archives in Islington and local history archives.
    • Work on the project between meetings.
    • Submit all research materials to the museum archive at the end of the project.
    • Volunteers should have access to Microsoft Word, the internet and email.

      What’s in it for you?

    • To work as part of team and develop your knowledge and skills in researching local history.
    • To contribute to the history of Normansfield. Material will be used on the museum website, in

      displays, in talks and kept in the archives for future researchers.

      Why we want you

      We need volunteers to produce original research that contributes to our knowledge of the social history of learning disability and Normansfield.

      Provisional meeting dates in 2018

      Provisional dates are as follows, every two weeks, and are all on a Wednesday from 11am to 1pm:

      • 19 September. First meeting with a talk and tour. Outline of the project
      • 3, 17, 31 October
      • 14, 28 November
      • 12 December
      • Other dates in 2019 to be agreed including the final presentation date Location for meetings

        Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability,
        The Langdon Down Centre, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9PS.

        Nearest BR station: Hampton Wick, then a 10 minute walk. Buses: 281 and 285 stop outside.
        Free parking.

        To Apply
        Application forms are available on the LR website and should be submitted to Jen Cobb:

    Closing date for applications: July 27th 2019.

May 22

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

There will be a longer item on the GDPR in the Summer Newsletter due out at the end of May 2018. In the meantime we have been asked to put this item on the website now, particularly to assist Group Leaders.

We were already following the guidelines of the previous legislation, the Data Protection Act 1998. We have checked with National Office and read pronouncements from the Information Commissioner. No major changes are necessary for us at Kingston U3A or Group level because of the limited sort of data we hold, but we will amend the renewal form to make it clearer how we use your data.

– There is no need to get written consent from your Group members to keep the list of names and contact details which you need to administer the group. If you have already done this, that is OK, so do not worry.

– The only change you need to make is to send email circulars blind copy (bcc) unless all Group members agree otherwise, verbally.

– Destroy old lists containing personal details of U3A members unless you anticipate a real need to keep them. We are initially recommending 2 years pending experience. I need to keep your Gift Aid declarations for 6 years under other legislation from HMRC.

– Any queries on this, contact Linda Foreman