|Group Leader: Allison (Alli) O’Brien|
Meeting Venue: Javea Players Studio, Calle Cronista Figueras Pacheco 6, Jávea (near Mercadona in the town)
Meeting Day and Time: Second Tuesday every month 11:00am (Cost 2€ per person for hire of room)
Accepts new members: Yes, just turn up for the lecture
The History Group meets monthly between October and June, featuring presentations from volunteer speakers which are informative, entertaining and well-illustrated.
All members of the U3A Jávea are welcome to attend – there is no need to book, just come along and take a seat.
To learn more about the group or to have your email added to our list, please contact the Group Leader on the email address shown above.
Whilst we have a list of members who are happy to offer talks on a regular basis, we would be very pleased to hear from anyone else who would be interested in offering a presentation to members of the history group.
A presentation not to be missed! Seduction, Secret Codes, and “Sympathetic Stain”: The Highs (and Lows) of Espionage in The Great Rebellion, 1775-1783, by guest speaker American aviator and historian, Paul R. Misencik.
Learn about the unique personalities, and the secrets of men – and women – on both ...
The downfall of Edward VIII by Gary Johnson
Was Edward VIII's downfall due to an Arabian Princess and a perfect murder? Learn how an innocent ...
A list of previous History Group Talks can be found here.
The group has a library of history books, videos and DVDs which are available for loan to group members. Lending Library details
History Group Reports
History Group Reports
History Talk – Tuesday 31 January
20th century Canadian Artists by Peter Atkinson This talk by Peter was well received in Moraira lately, most people knowing nothing about the subject and being pleasantly surprised. It will be a mixture of history and art. He will first tell us about the painters from British backgrounds who came together to promote their style of art inspired by nature, and famously came to symbolize what is distinctly Canadian. They…Read more
Shackleton story captivates history group members!
A big thank you to Allison O’Brien, the Javea U3A History Group leader, who gave a brilliant introduction to Ernest Shackleton’s life, and many of his colleagues, including the antagonism which developed between Shackleton and Captain Robert Scott, prior to showing a video of Shackleton’s last voyage on his ship, the Endurance (1914-1916). A dramatic story of man’s ability to survive against all the odds, in extremely harsh conditions, and…Read more
Tree-mendous talk at History Group meeting!
Congratulations to Alan Hunton for his fascinating talk to the U3A History Group. Alan’s presentation, entitled ‘The Return of Trees after the Ice Age – The Oaks That Walked from Malaga to Merseyside’, provided a knowledgeable and entertaining insight into how Britain was transformed once the ice sheets had disappeared 16,000 years ago. Those who were unable to attend the talk at the Javea Players Studio missed a real treat.…Read more
History Talk – thanks to Alan Oliver
Alan Oliver gave a very interesting talk on Portuguese and Spanish explorers at the meeting on Tuesday 10 May. Amazing journeys, with many sailors perishing en route and suffering from scurvy. The attraction was a percentage of the treasures found and becoming governor of new lands. Cabral, heading to India, was pushed too far West and accidentally discovered Brazil! Thanks to Alan for so much research and work preparing a…Read more
History Talk – Friday 22 April
Wow….so much research on the history of Japan and the hierarchy of the Shogunate! John Hopwood gave such an interesting talk about the past ruling Shogun families and explaining why the ruling power went back to the emperor in 1868. Japan then stopped being a feudal society and opened its ports to overseas trade. Lots of pictures and explanations about the culture, armour and code of honour of the famous…Read more
History Talks – Thanks to Peter Atkinson
A big thank you to Peter Atkinson for such a brilliant talk on 18 March. We were all in awe at how much research he had done to put together his most interesting talk about the first colonies of the USA….. some BEFORE the Mayflower! We all learned such a lot, including how the later new states were formed and why they got their names. Those settlers were, indeed,…Read more
History Group – Appeal for Speakers
read on for more details The History Group is up and running again and has attracted a lot of members interested in learning new things. We have had diverse subjects for the first three talks….. a great talk by Angela on Grace O’Malley, Irish lady pirate and her meeting with Elizabeth the First, one on the Arabian Gulf down to Zanzibar with pearls and slaves, then the first colonies in…Read more
History Talk – 18 March 2022
English Colonisation of North America: Mayflower and a Whole Lot More – by Peter Atkinson By 1750, Britain had 13 colonies (soon to become the USA) on the eastern seaboard between Georgia and Maine, and two in present-day Canada: Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. We shall explore their origins and development, starting with the first small settlements: Jamestown, Virginia (1607) and Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620). The talk will be given in Javea…Read more
History Group Restarts
Grace O’Malley – The Pirate Queen of Ireland by Angela Chantry On Friday 28 January 11am to 12 noon at the Javea Players Studio. 1€ entrance fee All members welcome, no need to book. Doors open at 10.30am to allow a prompt start. In a life stranger than any fiction, Grace O’Malley, daughter of a clan chief in the far west of Ireland, went from marriage at fifteen to piracy…Read more
The real Cleopatra
Guest speaker Angela Chantry dispelled the myth portrayed by popular movies of Cleopatra VII as being a “sultry, dark-haired femme fatale” at this month’s Javea U3A History Group meeting. Her thorough research convinced the audience at Casa de Cultura that Cleopatra was in fact far from the figure characterised in films by the likes of Vivien Leigh and Liz Taylor but a woman acclaimed by Egyptians as “a living goddess…Read more
Life of an artist and cross-dresser
The History Group was entertained by speaker John Hopwood, who gave an informative talk at Casa de Cultura in Javea old town on a fascinating living artist called Grayson Perry. Although not strictly a history item, it was an eye-opener on a complicated life of a cross-dresser who is strictly a heterosexual being. After a woeful childhood, Grayson is happily married with a grown up daughter. His art is in…Read more
Cheda Panajotovic on the Two Brunels January 2020
Cheda Panajotovic, the new leader of the History group spoke about the two Brunels, the father Marc Isambard and Isambard Kingdom, the son. Cheda spoke about the Brunels – both engineers, whose lives coincided with a period of great industrial development, when no challenge seemed too big to attempt: from the father’s block making machinery, to the son’s bridges, railway lines, tunnels and railway stations. The lecture was well attended…Read more
History Talk – Two Brunels
The first talk of 2020 for the History Group will take place at the Casa de Cultura, Javea on Tuesday 14 January starting at 11.30am. The new group leader Cheda Panajotovic will give an interesting talk about the ‘Two Isambard Brunels’ – a father and son who were both engineers and who created many well known structures and buildings in the UK. All members are welcome, just come along and…Read more
History Group leaders in the picture
There was a special get-together at the latest History Group meeting – with group leaders past, present and future all appearing at the Casa de Cultura in the old town. History Group founder Sally Wells is pictured with current leaders Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie, past leader Peter Atkinson and leader-in-waiting Cheda Panajotovic. Peter followed the photoshoot with an excellent presentation entitled ‘Inquisition and Empire: Spain to the 16trh-18th Centuries’…Read more
Full house at History Group talk
It was standing room only at the latest History Group meeting at Casa de Cultura when a capacity audience listened to group leader Angela Chantry’s talk on “Spain: Part 2: The Moors in Spain”. Angela delivered an enlightening lecture, illustrated with slides and video film, of the occupation of the Iberian peninsula by the Moors in 711AD and the subsequent overthrowing by the Christians in the 15th century. After her…Read more
A well-researched presentation to the History Group, with Cheda’s inimitable style of humour!
Speaker Cheda Panajotovic’s presentation at the latest Javea U3A History Group meeting was well received by a near-capacity audience at Casa de Cultura. His talk, entitled Spain: Ice Age to the Romans, contained Cheda’s usual mix of well-researched information and humour. Cheda’s slideshow which, in his own words, began from the “start of time”, included influences on Spain of the Bronze Age and the Romans. Cheda asked: “What did the…Read more
Fascinating talk by Alan Hunton at latest History Group meeting
Alan Hunton kept his audience captivated during his presentation on ‘A History of Crude Oil: Mesopotamia to Colonel Drake”. Group leaders Angela & Tony thanked Alan for the detailed research which he had carried out and the amusing and informative way in which he presented the talk which left the history group members present looking forward to Part II!Read more
The next meeting of the History Group will take place on Tuesday 11th June – all members are welcome to attend.
‘A History of Crude Oil – from its Mesopotamia origins to Colonel Drake” Alan’s synopsis: 6000 years ago, crude oil was a prized commodity. The earliest historical records of its use are from Mesopotamia, an area which includes present day Syria and Iraq. We will see that the thin, highly flammable oils were the least desirable and that it was the thick bituminous materials that were valued by the Sumerians.…Read more
The contrasting lives of two great US Presidents
Peter Atkinson gave another excellent History Group presentation – this time on the ‘Intersecting Lives: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson’. Described by Peter as “the most difficult presentation of his 16 talks to the group” – despite the fact that there have been so many books, films etc of the two US Presidents, he put a different slant on it and delivered an interesting and informative account. Peter…Read more
Many thanks to Barbara Craven for her very interesting presentation to the History Group on “Food in Art”
Barbara Craven gave an intriguing insight into the subject of ‘Food in Art’ at the History Group meeting at the Casa de Cultura, illustrating her talk with an array of artwork, some beautiful and some grotesque! But it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Barbara said her presentation combined her passion for food and her love of art. She traced artwork from early cave paintings through the pop art…Read more
Next history presentation on Tuesday 9th April: “Food in Art” by Barbara Craven. Venue: Casa de Cultura, Jávea old town
All members are welcome to attend – there is no need to book and the lectures are free; just come along and take a seat in the downstairs auditorium of the Casa de Cultura, Jávea. It starts at 11.30am. The Peasant Wedding by Pieter Brueghel the Younger Lobster Telephone (also known as Aphrodisiac Telephone) is a Surrealist object, created by Salvador Dalí From planting, to harvest or capture, its preparation…Read more
Who was Robin Hood?
A very big thank you to David Thoms for his excellent presentation on “Who was Robin Hood”? From ballads, poems and stories, visual images from the past and right up to modern-day films about Robin Hood, such as those starring Kevin Kostner and Russell Crowe, the audience was captivated with the various elements of “fact and fiction” presented by David in his very interesting and thought-provoking presentation. Well done David!Read more
History Talks Archive
Below is a list of the talks given to the History Group since its inception with the most recent first. Date Presenter Topic 2019 10 Dec Peter Atkinson History of Spain Series Part III: The 16th to the 18th Centuries 12 Nov Angela Chantry History of Spain Series Part II: The Moors in Spain 8 Oct Cheda Panajotovik History of Spain Series Part I: Ice Age to the Romans 11 June Alan…Read more