Online Lectures

Your lecture programme team are consulting with members on the resumption of the monthly talks programme including the possibility of our returning to the Showroom from September or continuation online or via some form of ‘hybrid’ arrangement. There are of course issues and uncertainties. We will keep members posted of our decision as soon as possible.
Whatever decision is taken we are looking for a member to volunteer to take on the role of lecture / talks programme coordinator to manage the calendar and liaise with speakers and venues (Showroom).
We will also need additional people who are willing to host online events using the u3a licence involving registration, liaising with speakers (and potentially with the Showroom if ‘hybrid’ events are adopted), admitting attendees online, recording the event and uploading to our website etc. A process guide is available and training can be provided.
Please contact Philip Long if you are interested in helping us keep the programme going by volunteering to help out with these roles.


During this time of physical distancing we are arranging for some lectures to be delivered online. The ones we have lined up, so far, are shown below. Zoom has a limit on attendance so you need to register on the Wild Apricot site for each lecture. As you will see from below registration opens on the Tuesday before the lecture. Details of how to register are at the bottom of this page.

We will try and record the lectures and will give a link to the recordings below – you will need to login (with the email and password you use to register for events and renew your membership) to view these. As these are large files the recordings will not remain for ever!


Upcoming lectures

These lectures are all likely to be delivered via Zoom and are subject to confirmation.

  • December 17 at 11:00am – Sylvia Dunkley – A Sheffield Art Craftsman: Charles Green (1834-1916), designer sculptor, modeller
    Charles Green studied at the Sheffield Government School of Design (later the Sheffield School of Art) but, unlike many of his fellow students, stayed and worked in Sheffield for most of his life. He was articled to the sculptor, Edwin Smith, and found employment at Henry Hoole’s Green Lane Works and later, for a few years, at the Effingham Iron and Brass Foundry in Rotherham. From early in his career he had his own studio in Sheffield and, for a while, one in London. He travelled the country with his designs for ironwork which were admired by Ruskin. He also undertook commissions for pieces in stone, bronze and wood. He amassed a huge collection of books and of historic artefacts, wrote articles for the local press, gave lectures and was a founder member of several Sheffield societies, including the Hunter Archaeological Society. He is probably best known as the designer of the Mayor of Sheffield’s chain and badge of office. This illustrated talk tries to capture some of the life and work of Green who, after his death in 1916, fell into obscurity.

    (Registration will open on December 14)
  • February 18 at 11:00am – Brian Groom – Northerners: A History. From the Ice Ages to the 21st Century  
    Northerners is topical, given tensions over Brexit, ‘levelling up’, the ‘red wall’ and forces threatening to drive the country apart. The book lays out the dramatic events that have played out in the north – waves of migration, invasions and battles, its impact on European culture and the global economy, its struggles to assert its identity as modern Britain emerged. It explores what northernness means in the 21st century and the crucial role the north can play in Britain’s future.
    Brian Groom is a journalist, formerly assistant editor and political editor of the Financial Times and editor of Scotland on Sunday. Originally from Stretford, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford. He began his career in South Yorkshire (on the Goole Times).
    (Registration will open on February 15)
  • March 18 at 11:00am – Dr Rosie Knight – Legacies of Slavery in Sheffield  
    (Registration will open on March 15)


To attend a lecture

  1. Register using Wild Apricot: You will need to log in (just click ‘Forgot password’ if you have forgotten it) and then click on Events and then click on the event for the lecture and follow the instructions.
  2. You will receive an email confirming registration and containing the link, zoom id and password for the lecture. Shortly before the lecture click on the link and, if need be, you will be told to download the Zoom app. You can follow the lecture on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. For the latter two you should download the Zoom app.
  3. Zoom are often updating their security. You will need the password as well as the meeting ID and you may have to wait in a ‘waiting room’ before the lecture – sorry no magazines or coffee available.

If you wish to find out more about Zoom, please read: Introduction to Zoom
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