Friday lectures

Lectures are held in Cinema 4 at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, on the third Friday of the month and start at 11 am, finishing at around 12.30 pm.  A voucher, obtainable from the box office, enables half- price parking at Q-park on Arundel Gate.  There is a greeter wearing a U3A lanyard badge to welcome new members. All members are able to attend these lectures free of charge.   Occasionally there is a retiring collection for the speaker’s nominated charity.

We are trialling  an audio system for members with significant hearing problems. For more information please text Chris Carter on 07855 908007 or

The cafe opens at 10 am and refreshments are available before and after the lecture.The team will endeavour to post last-minute changes on the website.  There is no booking system – it is ‘first come, first served’, as seating is limited.   Queries to Shelagh Woolliscroft on 255 8948.



15 February – Plastics: You Can’t Live With ’em but You Can’t Live Without ’em

Professor Tony Ryan, University of Sheffield

Plastics have all sorts of uses, but less than 3% gets recycled globally, with devastating effects on the environment. What can and should we do about it?



15 March – Wentworth Woodhouse, Past Present and Future

Sarah McLeod, Chief Executive, Wentworth Woodhouse Trust

Built in the mid 18th century, Wentworth Woodhouse has the longest country house facade in Europe. Hear about its fascinating history and £42m restoration plans.


12 April (to avoid Good Friday) – Chamber Music

Tom Mckinney, Programme Manager, Music in the Round

From a coffee shop in Leipzig to the court of Louis XIV, see how chamber music evolved from the 18th to the 19th century.


Other dates and topics for 2019

17 May Reading Sheffield, Dr Mary Grover
21 June Second Lives for the Third Age. Ben Heller
19 July Remote and undisturbed – the history of the General Cemetery. Jo Meredith
16 August Using language and brainwaves to measure cognitive health
20 September From Barrows to Bunkers. Alex Sotheran
18 October The Globe Theatre
15 November Bauhaus Movement. Prof Matthew Jefferies
20 December Sheffield’s Father Christmas. Mick Spick  (Repeat of 2016 lecture by popular request)