Please send any articles, news, photographs etc. for this group to bolu3a@outlook.com

All information for previous years can now be found in the archive, click here.

The history group are still active and working on a booklet of work produce during this pandemic.  Group Members look forward to sharing this with all bdu3a members as soon as we are able.
March 3rd 2021

The Georgians

From 1714, when George I came over from Germany and ascended the British throne,  to 1820 when the infamous George IV died, Britain had endured over 100 years of Hanoverian rule.  Life in Britain had changed dramatically.

Bolsover District u3a have chosen to concentrate on this period when we (soon, hopefully) get back together again to share our knowledge of this subject.  Will we be enthralled by the Scottish Rebellion, awed by the American War of Independence, revolted by the French Revolution, amazed by the Agricultural Revolution, grateful for the abolition of the Slave Trade (though sadly not yet the actual slavery)?  How much do we know about when Britain took control of India?

While all these things were going on, people were living their everyday lives and maybe it’s this aspect of history which appeals to you most?  If so, find out what you can about local history, fashion, culture, architecture, medicines and disease, art and literature.  What about the leading figures in politics and the sciences?

I will also be looking at ideas for ‘field trips’.  Sadly we missed out on these last year.  If you have any preferences, let me know.

So much to do.  So much to do.  And all the time in the world to do it 😊.



Tuesday 25th February 2020
Again, full capacity for the group this month, with a growing waiting list to join. Shows what a great bunch we are! I will be looking at ways of trying to accommodate everyone who shares our interest in this subject – Watch this space!
In the meantime I’d like to thank all who contributed to this month’s topic – The Great Fire of London. We also included other, equally disastrous, fires across the country, looking at contemporary paintings of the London Fire and, of course, special thanks to Mr Pepys for his invaluable contemporary view.
Going forward, as it’s the 400th anniversary of when the Mayflower set sail to America, we are researching all we can before our next meeting on Tuesday 24th March. We are planning a visit to Retford, which played an important part in this epic voyage, for sometime in June, and will advise members as soon as we have the details.


Tuesday 28th January 2020

Full house today, the first group meeting of 2020. The topic was the Plague of London 1666 and, as usual, group members had done their homework. Our friend Samuel Pepys was a contemporary witness; current members had also researched the plague(s) in Europe and general plagues throughout history. Of course, given our proximity to Eyam we also discussed this “plague village” and its saviour, clergyman William Mompesson. Sadly, the current coronavirus crisis was also brought into the conversation.
Next month we will be discussing the Great Fire of London. I will be bringing along Mr Pepys again and talking about his cheese and wine! 😉
Unfortunately this successful group is now closed to new members but please contact me if you would like me to add your name to the waiting list.