Shared Learning Projects

Shared Learning Projects logoShared Learning Projects are research projects which focus on a topic proposed by an institution (such as a museum, art gallery, stately home or library) or proposed by U3A members themselves on a theme (such as a river, a town, a person or a philosophy).  One of the main objectives is to undertake some stimulating work which will be of benefit to both the participants and to the institution in which the project is carried out.

Over the last eight years, U3A has worked on Shared Learning Projects with some fifty museums in London and across the country – for example, The British Museum, Brighton Museum, the Foundling Museum, the Guildhall Library, Lytes Cary Manor House, Somerset, the Museum of London and Perth Museum, Scotland.
Shared Learning Projects seeking participants will be listed here with details on separate pages:

Shared Learning Project with Royal Philatelic Society

Next year will be the 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL). To mark this anniversary an exhibition is being organised of selected items from the museum that will illustrate highlights in the history of the Society. To help with the production of the exhibition a Shared Learning Project (SLP) with the U3A is proposed.
Click here for full details. Deadline for applications is 9th April 2018.

Smithfield and its residents in the year of the Great Plague 1665

This project will seek to look into the impact of the Great Plague of 1665, on the residents of Charterhouse, and its close neighbour across Smithfield, St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Using the archive records of both St Bartholomew’s and Charterhouse, as well as other primary sources including parish records and bills of mortality, the project team will investigate the impact of the plague that swept across London that summer on the institutions, their staff and residents, and on the surrounding area. For full information and contact details click SLP 2018 project flyer FINAL


The lost histories of urban communities in late 17th-century England
A collaboration with Roehampton University. Deadline for applications: 1st December 2017.

The Restoration hearth tax provides evidence of who lived in every property, its taxable wealth (i.e. numbers of hearths) and location.  This and other sources will be used to explore the histories of the City of London, South East London and the towns of the West Midlands, covering the period of the Restoration, the Great Plague, Great Fire, Popish plot, Exclusion crisis and “Glorious Revolution”. The aim of the project is to find out as much as possible about the people who lived and worked in these areas. For full information and contact details click Local History 17th century SLP flyer

Sail to Steam Shared Learning Project
A collaboration with Museum of London Archaeology Department. Start date 26th July.

Digging through the mud has been done. We need you to dig through the records.
The research will concentrate on the London shipbuilding/ship breaking industry and the effects of new technology on ship building . What happened to to the wooden ship builders’ businesses?
We are on a short time scale, so please read about the project now and volunteer quickly.
For more information click  Sail to Steam SLP flyer  and to apply click SLP application form

Virtual Museum

U3A and the Royal Philatelic Society London are starting a Shared Learning project to produce a virtual tour of items that are not normally on display in the Society’s museum thus creating an on-line virtual musem. You do not need any special knowledge of stamps but you do need access to a laptop or tablet. The project will start in April and last until the end of June. For more information click on this link – Virtual TOUR SLP Advert

Starting In Spring 2017
The early history of Women’s Pioneer Housing
Old records recently found in the Women’s Pioneers’ safe read like a Who’s Who of the suffragist movement. Accessible housing for women, set up after WW1 by Etheldred Browning was a success. Having a secure home helped to protect and support women in the workplace and enabled some to embark on professional careers hitherto the preserve of males. The initial meetings will be held at Women’s Pioneer’s offices in White City and at the Women’s library in Holborn. There is a cracking story to tell – but help is needed to investigate it. For more information, including details of how to apply, click on this link.

Royal Holloway, University of London is looking for people with an interest in history to undertake research locally to contribute to their Citizens project which will explore the history of liberty, protests, rebellion and reform from the time of Magna Carta to the Suffragettes and beyond. For more information, including details of how to apply, click on this link citizens-800-years-2017