History & Humanities

Celebrating Women’s Lives over the last Century

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Each member of our group conducts research into a woman of their choice, whom they feel has made a contribution in any field during the last century . They then present their findings to our group.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Monday 3.15 – 4.30 pm
  • Location:  Leader’s home NW11 6RJ
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10


No more clutter – how to clear your space & free your life

Clothes hanging neatly in wardrobe

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Clutter are things that you no longer use or love.; it’s too much stuff for the space you live in. We will work through the process of decluttering in a supportive way, using  the guidance of an expert publication. Moving through the various stages to reach our final destination to be clutter free, forever.

When: Once a month

Next date: Thursday 23 May – 7.30pm

History — a Sideways Look

Leader: Eleanor Levy

This is a group which looks “Sideways” at History. Its format is very popular with other U3As. The group chooses a year or period and researches what was happening world-wide at that time.  Group members share their findings in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our first period is 1775 -1800.  

  • Start date: Already active, next sessions: 7 May, 4 June
  • When: Tuesday afternoon 2.30 – 4 pm
  • Location: Church Hall, Golders Green Unitarian Church, adjacent to 31 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
  • Frequency: Monthly, first Tuesday
  • Number of places: 20

History of London

Tower of London

Leader: Eleanor Levy

This is the leader’s specialism. This new monthly group starts in the Autumn term.

Starting with the successful Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE and the subsequent founding of London on the banks of the Thames. There will be a talk at each meeting and members will be encouraged to make site visits between meetings.  Members can contribute to the meetings.

  • Start date: First Tuesday of each month .
  • When: Tuesday afternoon 2 – 4 pm
  • Location:  Member’s home NW11
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

Lifespan Psychology

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi

Middlesex University London logoThis is a new series of short modules created for HGS U3A by the Psychology Department at Middlesex University.  The first “taster” module entitled Family history and the search for identity, was delivered on 19 February by Professor Antonia Bifulco, Professor of Lifespan Psychology, Head of Department.  We are most grateful to Middlesex University for the commitment in providing this first lecture series.   A further series of 7 lectures starting on Monday 29 April will be held on  Mondays from 4 pm – 5.30 pm at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University. Please see the Middlesex Partnership page for a full schedule, detailed information about each lecture, and a booking form.

Psychology — An Introduction

Leader: Chris Salter

Each time we meet, we begin with information on the day’s topic, followed by activities — not measuring each other’s abilities, and concluding with an overview of summaries of very recent research. Note new location.

Over a year, we cover:

  1. The history of psychology, types of research, & ethics
  2. Topics such as memory, communication, behaviour, and so on
  3. Development from babyhood to now
  4. The main branches of applied psychology
  • Start date: 9 January 2019
  • When: Wednesday 10 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Leaders Home, Temple Fortune, NW11
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 10

Public Speaking

Leader: Marilyn Lehrer

Do you ever have to give a talk or make a speech in public and does the prospect terrify you? Is your first reaction ‘How can I stand up in front of all those people? How do I say what I want to say without drying up?’

This six-week course is designed to help you overcome natural nervousness and acquire the basic skills of speaking confidently and effectively. Some preparation is necessary for each session. Marilyn Lehrer has a teaching diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been running courses in public speaking and effective communication for many years.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NP
  • Frequency: Weekly

Number of places: 8

Radio 4 Fan Club

Facilitator: Eleanor Levy

If you are an avid BBC Radio 4 listener, or would like to become one, we are starting a new discussion group.

  • Start date: Planning meeting 18 April; first meeting 02 May
  • When: Thursdays 1 – 3pm
  • Location: Member’s homes, starting in NW11
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 8

Talking Travel

Planning an exploratory trip or holiday? A new group for those who enjoy travelling and are looking for new places to discover and explore. Hear from people who have been there and done it.  The group shares knowledge and experiences and agrees the theme for each meeting. This could be, for example, a country, region, special interest holidays, road trips or city breaks.  Please note that this group won’t be arranging travel.

If you would be interested in joining this group please post a message on the Contact page at: hgsu3a.uk/contact

There is no Planet B

Leader:  Catherine Budgett-Meakin

A new group about climate change and the environment.

  • Start date: Planning session Wednesday 5 September; first meeting 7 November
  • When: Wednesdays, monthly, 2 – 4 pm
  • Location: Members home
  • Number of places: 10
  • Contact Eleanor Levy if interested in joining.