U3A in London (Hampstead) - Wednesday European History Talks

Timetable updated 15/2/2024

We meet on Wednesday mornings at 11:40 in Room 2.21 in the Old Town Hall.

We suggest you bookmark this page which is always up-to-date. Talks are given by Ken Baldry.
There is an average of over 100 slides per talk. Art talks usually also include contemporary music.

Summer Term 2024

June 19th

142. Exploring the Pacific Ocean with 114 slides

June 26th

143. After the 7 Years War with music & 106 slides

July 3rd

144. The search for the North-West Passage with 121 slides

July 10th

145. The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with music & 206 slides

July 17th

146. France to 1783 with 110 slides

Autumn Term 2024

Sep 18th .

148. American gains its Independence from Britain with 133 slides.

Sep 25th

149. Other countries to 1789 with 117 slides.

Oct 2nd .

150. Slavery with 110 slides

Oct 9th

151. Angelika Kauffman and Elisabeth Vigé.e le Brun with 165 slides & music.

Oct 16th

152. The French Revolution begins with 118 slides.

Oct 23rd

153. Foreign reaction to the French Revolution with 121 slides.

Oct 30th

154. The French Revolution Reign of Terror with 126 slides.

Nov 6th

155. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia with 109 slides.

Nov 13th

156. France after the coup of 9 Thermidor with 117 slides.

Nov 20th

157. The French Directory government with 103 slides.

Nov 27th

158. The German artist Caspar David Friedrich & start of Romanticism with 158 slides.

Dec 4th

159. The parallel rising talents of Napoleon and Nelson with 122 slides.

Dec 11th

159a. Christmas Special with music & 196 slides

Spring Term 2025

Jan 8th

160. Beethoven - the greatest genius of music composition (so far) with 164 slides & music.

Jan 15th

161. The War of the Second coalition against France part Two with 127 slides & music.

Jan 22nd

162. John Constable, British Artist with 135 slides

Jan 29th

163. Joseph Mallord William Turner. A British Artist & Impressionist before his time with 145 slides.

Feb 5th

164. The British King George III & after the Peace of Amiens with France 1802 with 128 slides & music.

Feb 12th

165. Napoleon's years of success with 120 slides.

Feb 19th

166. The Peninsular War part One (France invades Spain & tries to invade Portugal) with music & 125 slides.

Feb 26th

167. The Peninsular War part Two with music & 128 slides.

Mar 5th

168. Napoleon makes a big mistake & invades Russia with 118 slides.

Mar 12th

169. The First Fall of Napoleon with 120 slides.

Mar 19th

170. The Congress of Vienna tries to clear up after Napoleon with 89 slides.

Mar 26th

171. You need a break: The History of the Waltz with music & 137 slides.

Summer Term 2025

Apr 30th

172. The Congress of Vienna continues clearing up after Napoleon with 106 slides.

May 7th

173. Europe 1815 - 1823 with music & 115 slides.

May 14th

174. The composer Franz Schubert with music & 145 slides.

May 21th

175. The 1820s to 1830 al around Europe with 113 slides.

May 28th

176. Scientific advances around 1800 with 73 slides.

June 4th

177. Years of Revolutions Part One 1830 with 113 slides.

June 11th

178. The composer Hector Berlioz with music & 201 slides.

June 18th

179. Years of Revolutions Part Two, the 1830s with 103 slides.

June 25th

180. Years of Revolutions Part Three, still the 1830s with 113 slides.

July 2nd

181. The composer Robert Schumann with 119 slides.

July 9th

182. All over Europe in the early 1840s with 118 slides.

July 16th

183.French mid-century modern art - The Barbizon school & Courbet with 210 slides.

July 23rd

184. The composer Fryderyk Chopin with music & 112 slides.

Autumn Term 2025

Sep 17th 

185. The Development of Railways with 133 slides.

Sep 24th

186. Cholera & other health & sanitation problems with 117 slides.

Oct 1st .

187. The Year of Revolutions - 1848 part One with 115 slides

Oct 8th

188. The Composer Richard Wagner with 138 slides & music

Oct 15th

189. The Year of Revolutions - 1848 part Two with 110 slides.

Oct 22nd

190. British Colonial ventures with 95 slides.

Oct 29th

191. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of British artists with 139 slides.

Nov 5th

192. The 1850s and the British-French-Crimean War against Russia with 110 slides.

Nov 14th

193. The Indian Mutiny against British Colonial rule with 86 slides.

Nov 19th

194. The Unification of Italt or Risorgimento with 93 slides & some music.

Nov 26th

195. Spain, Portugal & Germany to about 1868 with 113 slides.

Dec 3rd

196. The extraordinary career of Napoleon III with 122 slides.

Dec 10th

197. The Composer & pianist Franz Liszt with 130 slides & music

Contact: Ken Baldry at 17 Gerrard Road, Islington, London N1 8AY Telephone +44(0)20 7359 6294 or e-mail him This page's URL: http://www.art-science.com.uk/history-talks.html

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