Jávea U3A

Previous Talks

Previous Talks


Below is a list of the talks given to the History Group since its inception with the most recent first.

Date Presenter Topic
11th December

Tom Stevenson

“Ten notable Scottish personalities, from the years 1000-2018”.
13th November

Alan Oliver

“Simón Bolívar”.

2nd October


Angela Chantry

“Carmen Amaya,
the legendary Spanish flamenco dancer”.

12th June Peter Atkinson

Prohibition, 1920-1933: the Law of Unintended Consequences in Action. Peter's last talk as Group Leader.

8th May Mike Rendell Pride and Prejudice: from Printed Word to the Silver Screen.
10th April John Hopwood The History of Woolworths and the Extraordinary Exploits of the Woolworth Family.
13th March Alan Hunton

John Flamsteed; the First Astronomer Royal.

13th February Christine Betterton-Jones

A Brief History of Xàbia (Jávea) as Reflected in its Archaeology.

9th January Mike Granville The World in 1946.
12th December Angela Chantry Domenico Chiocchetti and Orkney’s Italian Chapel.
14th November Alan Oliver The Vikings.
10th October Cheda Panajotovic

Old King Coal.

6th June Mike Rendell Castaway: the Real Stories behind Robinson Crusoe and the Mutiny on the Bounty.
9th May Mike Frost Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton and HMS Victory.
11th April Peter Atkinson Moors and Christians: Conquest, Reconquest and Architectural Legacy. 100th History Presentation.
14th March Mike Granville Duende: the History of Flamenco.
14th February Angela Chantry Casanova: the World’s Greatest Womaniser.
10th January
Peter Atkinson A Tale of Three Cities Beginning with S:
Seville, Salamanca and San Sebastián.
13th December Tom Stevenson The Jacobite Rebellions (or Risings).
8th November Alan Oliver Portuguese Maritime Explorers, followed by Columbus and Magellan.
11th October Cheda Panajotovic The Borgias.
14th June Mike Rendell Royal Shenanigans in the 18th Century.
10th May Angela Chantry Femme Fatale: the Intriguing Story behind the Life and Death of Mata Hari.
12th April Dee Craig Cecil Rhodes.
8th March Peter Atkinson The Life and Work of the Catalan Architect, Antoni Gaudí.
9th February David Thoms

Upstairs, Downstairs: English Landed Society in the 19th & 20th  Centuries.

12th January Tom Stevenson

History of Scotland 1603-1714: the Stuarts.


9th December

Mike Granville

What About Magna Carta?  Did she die in vain?

10th November Alan Oliver The Battle of Waterloo.
13th October Cheda Panajotovic The Plundering of Old Egypt.
9th June Fabio Bezoari Alpi at War.
12th May Dee Craig Catherine the Great.
14th April Angela Chantry Eva Perón (1919 –1952): Her Life, Her Legacy and the Legend.
10th March David Thoms

The Roaring Twenties and The Making of Modern America.

10th February Mike Frost

Life in the Royal Navy, 1600-1970.

13th January Cheda Panajotovic

Whilst London Sleeps, Samual Pepys.


9th December

Peter Atkinson A Tale of Two Cities: Madrid and Barcelona.

11th November

Alan Oliver The Peninsular War, 1808-1814.
14th October Tom Stevenson A History of Scotland Prior to the 'Union of the Crowns' in 1603.
10th June Mike Granville What If? Some Alternative Histories.

13th May

Cheda Panajotovic Yugoslavia: The Country That Almost Was.
8th April Mike Rendell Slavery and the Abolition Movement.
11th March Dee Craig Catherine de Medici.
11th February David Thoms

The American Wild West, 1865-1890: Myth and Reality.

14th January Angela Chantry Amelia Earhart.
10th December Peter Atkinson

A History of Andalucía.

12th November Mary Connatty The Spanish Armada.
8th October Peter Atkinson The Birth of a Nation: the American War of Independence and its Aftermath.
10th June Angela Chantry Who Killed the Princes in the Tower? 
Part 2: The Red Queen, Margaret Beaufort.
13th May Dee Craig Victoria's Children.

15th April


Angela Chantry Who Killed the Princes in the Tower? 
Part 1: the White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville.

11th March

Cheda Panajotovic The Causes of World War I.
11th February Larry Sherrington The British Empire in India and the part the East India Company Played in It.
14th January Fabio Bezoari Sicilian Pilgrimage.
10th December Peter Atkinson Four Times a Pilgrim: the Medieval Routes to Santiago de Compostela.
12th November David Thoms Buckets and Spades: a Social History of the British Seaside Holiday.

5th November

Peter Atkinson

The Making of The President: A Brit's Guide to American Elections.

8th October Mike Rendell Vignette of life in 18th Century England.
11th June Clive Hedge Mrs Wallis Simpson
14th May Mike Granville The Decline of the Spanish Empire
2nd April Geoff Woodward Juan Carlos I: The Reason That Spain Has a Democracy Today
12th March Fabio Bezoari From Bushman Land to … Namibia
13th February Peter Atkinson From Ancient Greece to London E15: a History of the Olympics
9th January Cheda Panajotovic Mary Tudor: the NICE ‘Bloody Mary’
5th December David Thoms Gotcha!  Law & Order in Victorian England
14th November Mike Frost Peter the Great and Saint Petersburg
17th October Angela Chantry The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
13 June Clive Hedge Jack The Ripper, Motivator or Manipulator?
09 May Fred Crowson The Last British Civil War. The road to Appomattox courthouse.
11 Apr Fred Crowson The Last British Civil War. The rise of Confederacy.
08 Mar Geoff Woodward The history of Gata de Gorgos as a microcosm of the Marina Alta.
14 Feb Maureen Stanley Hatsepshut Of Egypt: The Queen Who Would Be King.
11 Jan Clive Hedge The White Star Line Featuring Olympic And Britannic.
02-Dec-10 Peter Atkinson Texas, Part 2, Reconstruction to Apollo XI.
08-Nov-10 Peter Atkinson Texas, from Spanish Colony to NASA HQ: the story of the Lone Star State.
Part 1, Pre-Columbus to Civil War.
11-Oct-10 Fabio Bezoari The Anasazi or the Ancient Foreigners of the USA Four Corners region.
07-June-10 Sue Bentley After Katherine - Henry and His Wives.
10-May-10 Angela Chantry Boabdil, the last Sultan of Granada.
14-Apr-10 Alan Oliver Spanish History, 1939 to the Present.
8-Mar-10 Alan Oliver The second Republic 1930-1939 and the Spanish Civil War.
8-Feb-10 John Chun Operation Grapple.
11-Jan-10 Cheda Panajotovic From Cavemen to Emperors.
07-Dec-09 Peter Atkinson What Did the Romans Do for Spain?
09-Nov-09 Maureen Stanley The Maya - Divine Kings of the Rain Forest.
26-Oct-09 Fabio Bezoari I Have Seen Auschwitz.
13-Oct-09 Clive Hedge Capt. James Cook - a Yorkshireman's Tribute.
08-Jun-09 Angela Chantry The Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole.
11-May-09 Alan Oliver The Decline of the Spanish Monarchy 1814 to 1930.
06-Apr-09 Sue Bentley Katherine of Aragon: "The Queen of Earthly Queens".
09-Mar-09 Fed Crowson The Indian Mutiny.
09-Feb-09 John Reynolds Victorian Tourists in Spain.
08-Dec-08 Larry Sherington A history of punishment and imprisonment throughout the ages.
10-Nov-08 Peter Atkinson The Spanish Inquisition.
13-Oct-08 Clive Hedge Charles Herbert Lightoller.
28-Jun-08 Alan Oliver The Peninsular War.
30-May-08 Clive Hedge History Quiz.
25-Apr-08 David Thoms Interpretations of the Spanish Civil War.
28-Mar-08 Sally Wells & Angela Chantry Seville & Cordoba - History, Architecture.
29-Feb-08 Clive Hedge The Defence of Rorke's Drift.
25-Jan-08 Maureen Stanley Queen Victoria and the Emperor of Ethiopia.
30-Nov-07 Fred Crowson Oliver Cromwell - Hero or Villain.
26-Oct-07 Clive Hedge The Great Enterprise Featuring the Invincible Armada.
28-Sep-07 Peter Atkinson The life and work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.
30-May-07 Angela Chantry The Borjas of Gandia.
20-Apr-07 Clive Hedge Mutiny on the Bounty: exploding the Hollywood myth.
02-Feb-07 David Thoms The modernization of Spain since the 19th century.
24-Nov-06 Mary Sears Our Own Moors and Christians.
27-Oct-06 Peter Atkinson Moors and Christians.
12-Jun-06 Angela Chantry The Monastery at Montserrat.
05-May-06 Peter Atkinson Santiago de Compostella by bike.
05-Apr-06 Maureen Stanley Eleanor of Aquitaine.
03-Mar-06 David Thoms Shakespeare's Stratford.
27-Jan-06 Maria Hollingsworth Buried Treasure in Cirros de los Santos.
23-Nov-05 Ron Daniels The Spanish Armada.
30-Jun-05   Guided tour of the Javea Pueblo.
11-May-05 Peter Atkinson Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage.
14-Apr-05 Angela Chantry Women's role in reform in 19th century.