History Talks

Group Leader: Allison (Alli) O’Brien
Email history@u3ajavea.com 
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 1,50€ entrance fee 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.

Future Schedule

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History Group Reports

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…

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History Talk – thanks to Alan Oliver

Allison O'Brien presents Alan with a bottle of wine 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…

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History Talk – Friday 22 April

Ally O'Brien gives John Hopwood a gift in appreciation of a fantastic talk 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…

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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…

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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…

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History Talk – 18 March 2022

English Colonisation of North America: Mayflower and a Whole Lot More - by Peter Atkinson Plymouth Colony - replica By 1750, Britain had 13 colonies (soon to become the USA) on the eastern seaboard between Georgia and Maine, and two in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. Marc Isambard BrunelIsambard Kingdom Brunel Great Eastern shortly before launch in 1858 Cheda spoke…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Fascinating talk by Alan Hunton at latest History Group meeting

Alan Hunto with group leaders Angela & Tony 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…

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The next meeting of the History Group will take place on Tuesday 11th June – all members are welcome to attend.

A presentation by Alan Hunton on the history of crude oil. ‘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…

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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" -…

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Many thanks to Barbara Craven for her very interesting presentation to the History Group on “Food in Art”

Barbara Craven with Tony & Angela A smiling Jacqui at the Casa Cultura, Javea old town, at the April meeting of the History Group. Barbara Craven gave an intriguing insight into the subject of 'Food in Art' at the History Group meeting…

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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…

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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…

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History Talks Archive

Below is a list of the talks given to the History Group since its inception with the most recent first. DatePresenterTopic201910 DecPeter AtkinsonHistory of Spain Series Part III: The 16th to the 18th Centuries12 NovAngela…

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History group events

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