National U3A Events




National U3A Events

U3A Jazz Study Day 2018

19 Sep 2018

 11.00 - 16.00 hrs

Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambroseden Avenue Entrance, London SW1P 1QH 

Details and application 

U3A Explores Science at the Ri

15 Oct 2018

Royal Institution,21 Albemarle Street,London W1S 4BS

Details and application 

"Makers Not Muses: Women Artists"

1 Nov 2018

11.00 - 15.45

The Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Details and application
 "From Page to Stage" 12 Nov 2018 

10.30 - 16.30

The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ

Details and application
"Beneath Your Feet - The Hidden Depths of London" 28 or 29 Nov 2018


Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE

Details and application



 National U3A Notices

19 September 2018 - U3A Jazz Study Day 2018


11.00am start

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch Break

2.00pm Afternoon session

4.00pm Finish

We have arranged for the master of the saxophone and clarinet, band leader Alan Barnes, to come along with his eight piece all star band to enlighten and entertain us. The first half, in the morning, will be the informative part, with Alan and the band illustrating jazz styles through the years, and taking us through his composing and arranging process. The afternoon session will be a concert performance by Alan and his Octet. Alan’s band is – really – the best of the best in jazz.

Tickets £20 pp

U3A Explores Science at the Ri - 15 October 2018

Regular series of lectures at the Royal Institution

Subjects at this session

  • Exploring the Solar System
  • Twins, Microbiomes and Personalised Health
  • Rise of the Mutants

Tickets £21.50 pp

"Makers Not Muses: Women Artists" - 1 November 2018 

Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks exploring the status of women artists, the purpose of their paintings and traditional obstacles to success. 

From Élisabeth Vigée le Brun to Rosa Bonheur find out what subjects have appealed to women artists in the National Gallery collection, and how they have represented themselves and others.

Tickets: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided).

Should you be unable to attend we may be able to offer your place to another U3A member if there is a waiting list.

"From Page to Stage: At the Lyceum Theatre" - 12 November 2018

The Ambassador Theatre Group’s West End Creative Learning team presents a one day U3A bespoke Directing event. Ever watched a play and thought ‘I can do that’! Well now here’s your chance. Under the guidance of three extraordinary directors, Harry Burton (Pinter documentary, Dumb Waiter Trafalgar studios etc.), Lisa Spirling (Artistic Director of Theatre503) and Jane Moriarty (The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter, Queen Anne at Her Majesty’s). You will be given the opportunity, in groups to direct a scene under the watchful eyes of one of these wonderfully thrilling directors, putting into practice valuable lessons learnt earlier on in the day and culminating in a performance involving professional actors, bringing your scene to life.


Arriving at 10:30 am for tea, coffee and biscuits. Starting at 11.00 am

The group will be split into three and each assigned their own amazing director. Working on different extracts, the groups will be guided by their assigned director to look at various exercises that they use on a daily basis to aid their vision, with the opportunity to explore the text in smaller groups and look at the process the director will go through to get a handle on the script.

After lunch each group will be given a new piece to work on that will be exactly the same across all groups, but this time working with professional actors to put into practice (alongside the director) what has been learnt from the morning’s session. At the end of the afternoon each group will present the same piece to each other, exposing the many choices a director must make in order to carry out their vision.

16:00-16:30 each group will present their work followed by a discussion afterwards

Tickets £37.50 pp

"Beneath Your Feet - Hidden Depths of Roman London" - 28 or 29 November 2018

Delve into the hidden archaeological world that lies buried beneath the City of London with a day inspired by the Romans. Explore London’s Roman Amphitheatre and handle some genuine Roman artefacts with a trained archaeologist. Have the rare opportunity to view a Guildhall painting not on public display (David Roberts' oil on canvas The Forum, Rome, 1859) to explore why the Forum was so important in the Roman world.

Welcome refreshments are provided. Lunch is not provided.

The gallery opens at 10.00 am if you wish to look around before the event.

Tickets £22.00 pp