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Local History

Meeting Details

Meeting DayLast Wednesday in Month
Time9.45am. tea/coffee 10.00am. start.
FrequencyMonthly
LocationShakespeare Centre, Kendal
Co-ordinator(s)Ruth Counsel

What we do

The Local History Group was re-started in September 2008. Initially it was quite small with about 20 members but since then it has grown like ‘Topsy’ and 114 members attended our January 2016 meeting.

The co-ordinators encourage members to research subjects that interest them and share their findings with the group. Assistance is available for putting this into a Power Point presentation and if the group member does not want to deliver the talk one of the co-ordinators will do that for him/her. It is quite rare for us to have an outside speaker as we prefer to adhere to the U3A principle of learning from each other. We are all amateurs who are enthusiastic about Local History.
We try to organise an interesting programme covering a wide variety of subjects.

Once a year, usually in June, we have an outing by coach to a place of historical interest but not necessarily ‘local’. Last year, for example, we went to the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and then to the 14th century Towneley Hall in Burnley. This year the destination will be Port Sunlight, near Liverpool, built by Levers for their factory workers in the late 19th century.

Before the meeting, tea/coffee and biscuits are available up to 9.55 a.m.

There are no meetings in August and December

Regrettably, due to the large numbers of members (in excess of 100) attending these meetings, we are unable to accept any new members. However, you can leave your contact details with one of the co-ordinators who will inform you when a place becomes available in the future.
 

Reports

CORONAVIRUS THREAT

The March (and probably the April & May) meetings are cancelled.

January 2020

29th January - THE YARDS  -  PART TWO -Given by Trevor Hughes

26th February - FRANCIS STRICKLAND AND THE  '45 REBELLION - Given by Ian Hodkinson

Once again, I have to point out that this is a huge group, with a very long waiting list.  There could easily be two Local History groups if anybody was willing to start a second.  Is there anybody out there who could help?  Please contact the  coordinator Ruth Counsel.

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