The Research Sub-committee of Wokingham u3a was founded to promote, support and coordinate research within Wokingham, and to liaise with other u3a’s and the Third Age Trust.

Research in this context can range from:

  1. looking into a subject area by an individual member or group of members for self-education,
  2. presenting the results of research to a group for the education of its members and
  3. possibly publication for a wider audience (e.g. as a web page, downloadable presentation, ebook, video and/or a physical pamphlet, booklet, book or DVD).

History of Woodley Shared Learning Project

In September 2018, Wokingham u3a started a new Shared Learning Project on the history of Woodley.

We are collaborating with Reading u3a and working with local partners Woodley Town Council, Woodley Library, the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Reading Central Library and the Berkshire Record Office.

If you are interested in joining the project, please see the contact details on the poster here.

Wokingham u3a Research Guide

The Research Sub-committee has developed a ‘Wokingham u3a Research Guide’ that builds upon the process outlined in the ‘Get Inspired! Do some research’ pamphlet and the ‘Getting Involved in Research’ booklet developed by Third Age Trust.  Our guide incorporates hard won lessons learned while carrying out various research and is intended for both those considering undertaking their first task and more experienced researchers.

Details of how you can download and print the Wokingham u3a Research Guide can be can be found here.

Research Showcase on 23rd August

100 members attended Wokingham u3a’s second Research Showcase in the St Paul’s Parish Rooms. The first Research Showcase was held two years ago.

There were displays from:

The Walks into History Group

The Citizens 800 Project

The History of Buildings Group

The Technology Group

and The Cosmology and Quantum Mechanics (for dummies) Group

The attendees had time to look at the displays and talk to the group convenors about their activities.

The event was hosted by former Wokingham u3a chair Pam Hares.  David Hunter of The History of Buildings Group talked about their research, followed Ann Smith and Avis Furness on Citizens 800, then by Paul Steel on Loudspeakers and Roger Williams on Cosmology and Quantum Mechanics. Speakers were limited to 15 minutes each.

Peter Dawe then introduced the Wu3a Research Guide and copies were given to all attendees (and it can also be downloaded via the details above). Ann Smith then talked about the new Shared Learning Project on the history of Woodley (details above).

A Question and Answer session with all the speakers was then followed by a fabulous cream tea.

Despite some problems with the microphones, feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive – with most attendees rating it Good or Excellent.

National U3A Research Database

The national U3A Research Database can be accessed here






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