Brian Groom, author of Waterstone’s Best Selling Book of 2022 – “Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day” was the guest speaker at the U3A monthly meeting in November.
In his book and in his presentation, Brian explained the definitive history of the North of England as told through the lives of its inhabitants.
To an appreciative audience, he layed out the dramatic events that created the north – waves of migration, invasions and battles, and transformative changes wrought on European culture and the global economy. He took U3A members from the earliest times to the present day, showing that the people of the north have shaped Britain and the world in unexpected ways.
U3A member Colin Sanson explains more:
“He set the scene of his talk by describing how people lived in the north of England at a time when the country would have areas with Mediterranean conditions in one area, and areas still covered in thick ice in another, and that some of the early humans would have crossed a piece of land that formed a bridge across the North Sea.
During his talk, Brian gave his own answer to the question ‘What is a northerner?’ It is either someone who lives in the north of England or someone who describes themselves as a northerner. So, one way or the other, our members attending the meeting could enjoy hearing about fellow northerners, as well as confirming the north is anything but ‘inferior’, as suggested by the Roman map described during Brian’s entertaining and informative presentation.”
The next Todmorden U3A Monthly Members Meeting will be on Thursday the 15th of December 2022 at 1.45 p.m., and is open to all fully paid-up members. The speaker for this meeting is Susan Holden, with ‘The Twelve Dates of Christmas’
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