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Current "History" Groups.                                   Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                    Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

Historical Walks



Social History Walks

Military History



Dipping into History


The History Course



A variety of monthly guided walks through our historic city, of approximately two hours duration.


Annual charge £4 payable on registration, please show your membership card when registering.


There are two groups



Venue: Once a month on 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays at 1.30 pm



The Early Days of Cinema

We will visit various places in and around York following certain themes eg.

Elementary Schools, money lending, the history of dance, medicine through the ages, fallen women, marriage and weddings.



Venue:  The walks will normally take place on the afternoon of the third Tuesday in the month although some degree of flexibility on the actual week may be required. The walks will start at 1.30 pm and last no more than two hours. Members of the group do need to be fairly walking fit. There will be nine walks starting in September.


The group is interested in British, European and American military history of the last 200 years.  In the past 20 years, our knowledge of warfare has been enhanced by modern authors’ research of the official archives so that nowadays we often have a more realistic insight into what actually happened and a better appreciation of the characters of the great military leaders.  True to form, fact is often more fascinating than fiction, or, dare I say, legend?  Our presentations are usually given by our own members, sometimes jointly, and are followed by a lively discussion.  We also have some historical visits in mind and have an annual comprehensive programme.  New members are most welcome and don’t need to have a wide knowledge themselves – just a real interest.    


Venue:The Fox Room monthly, 2nd Thursday, 10.00 to noon, from Sept 2017


The History Group is made up of lively minded people, who are not Historians, who are interested in the pursuit of the historical perspective and historical issues. There is much stimulating and enjoyable debate and all members are encouraged to contribute towards the presentations and discussion.


For the past three years the course has been centred round Michael Wood's definition of Ways of Studying History. This coming year is to have a change of format in that the Times Concise History of the World (£6 from WH Smith) is going to be used as the initial research resource. "The Concise History avoids a Eurocentric approach, offering a worldwide view of history emphasising change, expansion and contraction and aiming to provide 'a sense of the past as a continuing process'." (Geoffrey Parker Editor The Concise History of the World, 2013)




Venue: The Garden Room at the Friends’ Meeting House, the second Tuesday of the month   10am - 12 noon

This is a very broad, but fairly light subject. We decide on the theme/topic/period

by common assent etc. and each contributes information. Outings in the summer.


Information available re: date and time each month


Venue:The leader’s home.

We are exploring the wealth of surviving film, usually pre-1930 through all genres: comedy, drama, science-fiction and the beginnings of Surrealism.


I provide notes on each film as a handout, and a brief discussion usually follows.


New members are always welcome.



Venue:The Woolman Room at the U3A at 2 pm on the second Monday of each month.



History of York and its Suburbs

Study of York and the history of this city and its suburbs. Most months there will be a speaker but if anyone wishes to research a place or person help will be given.


This is a very friendly group.


Venue: Fox Room on the last Tuesday of each month 10.00 am – 12.00