Projects in Didcot
- Max Beran is exploring the history behind a note posted in his home village in 1795 threatening arson against local farmers and bakers. Max is comparing this incident with similar events elsewhere to identify the social, political, agricultural, and legal circumstances behind this threat, drawing upon newspapers, court and parliamentary proceedings, and vestry reports.
- Wonder materials - During the news review segment of our group’s monthly meeting, frequent attention was given to announcements about new materials with amazing properties. Graphene is the poster child but there are many more - we identified 20. So it was decided to bundle these up into a single endeavour modelled somewhat on the U3A “Shared Learning Project” template whereby each member was assigned a “Wonder Material” to answer a set of points about his or her material, its make-up, its properties that accounted for the announcement, and its actual or potential applications.