Jávea U3A


Group Leader Peter Atkinson
Email Addr history@u3ajavea.org
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Meeting Venue Casa de Cultura, Jávea.
Meeting Day and Time 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11:30.
See schedule below.

The History Group held its inaugural meeting as long ago as April 2005 and has now heard more than a hundred presentations on a broad range of subjects and eras.               

We meet monthly between October and June, featuring a talk from a volunteer speaker.  It’s not like history as you remember it in school because our talks are informative, entertaining and well-illustrated, and there are no tests or exams!

By definition, all Jávea U3A members are members of the History Group so come along; there’s no need to book. To learn more about the group or to have your name added to our e-mailing list please contact the group leader.

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The next meeting of the group will be on 8th May when one of our regular speakers, Mike Rendell, will present the biography of a famous and much-loved novel in a talk entitled:

"Pride and Prejudice”: from Printed Word to the Silver Screen.


The talk will look at the history of this famous book and follow its impact on British literature and subsequently on film and television from printed page to silver screen. The talk will look at the story behind ‘Pride and Prejudice, how it was initially received and how the book has performed over the intervening two centuries.


It has prompted innumerable prequels, sequels and other spin-offs. In particular it will look at the 1995 BBC adaptation, and the 2005 film version, and will visit some of the homes/landscapes used in those adaptations. There will be plenty of images of Colin Firth to satisfy the females in the audience – but my aim will be to show that Pride and Prejudice is rather more than simply “chick-lit”.



From Peter Atkinson, Group Leader.


I am delighted to report that my appeal for someone to replace me as group leader has borne fruit.  Two extremely capable pairs of hands, Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie, have volunteered to take over as co-leaders when I ‘retire’ in June following seven years in the job.  (I don’t plan to disappear completely; I hope to occupy a slot on the programme for quite a few years yet.)  


Peter Atkinson, Group Leader



Future Schedule

Date Presenter Topic
8th May Mike Rendell Pride and Prejudice: from Printed Word to the Silver Screen.
12th June Peter Atkinson

Prohibition, 1920-1933: a Textbook Example of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

We also have a small lending library of history books, magazines and DVDs. Anyone wishing to join the group, give a presentation, donate books, or participate in any other way, will be most welcome.

To see a the list of previous talks given to the group please click Previous Talks.

History Library

The group has a library of history books, videos and DVD's. These are available for loan to group members. Some of the items were purchased from group funds and many have been donated by group members.

The list of the books available.

Reading List from Mike Granville's talk on Alternative Histories

If you wish to borrow an item please email the group leader at the address above and the Group Leader will bring the item to the next group meeting.