Projects in Bexley U3A
- History of Rangers House, Blackheath, its architecture and room layout and its occupants from 1700 as well as history of the Rangers of Greenwich Park
- Stories of American GIs based at Hall Place, Bexley in 1944 (Station Y in Operation Ultra)
- The life and times of George Croydon Marks, a Victorian engineer who designed and built cliff railways and founded a patent agency still running today. He was also president of the Sunday School Union and a director of EMI and Columbia pictures, through his friendship with Thomas Edison. He was one of the first Labour peers appointed by Ramsay MacDonald.
- Bexley U3A's Life Story group has researched the development of holiday experiences from the late 1930s, based on reminiscences, and linked them to worldwide changes in leisure, transport and politics.
- Bexley U3A's Life Story group has researched school experiences back to the 1930s, based on reminiscences, including those of members who grew up in Germany and India
- Face blindness is a neurological condition which is little known but surprisingly common - about 2% of the population have it at a severe level. This talk explains the impact of it on daily and social life for the million people in this country who have the condition and looks at current research by universities.
- Bexley Armchair Travellers group researches a country or area in advance of each meeting, sharing out the politics, language, landscape, etc between members.
- An account of Rosa May Billinghurst, a remarkable woman who would not be defined by her disability or let it hinder her support of the Suffragette’s cause. Billinghurst was born and raised in Lewisham and was paralysed from the waist down following a childhood illness. As a result, she had to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. As a young adult her voluntary work at the Greenwich and Deptford Union Workhouse exposed her to the living conditions endured by the poor. This led to Billinghurst’s interest in politics. Inspired by Christabel Pankhurst, Billinghurst joined the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in October 1907, becoming secretary of the Greenwich branch in July 1910.
- As a long standing family history group who only rarely discover anything personal, we decided to research social history in a family history context. Topics have included workhouses, asylums, various regiments, the census, Irish records, evacuees, the co-op movement and memory boxes.