Penrith & North Lakes U3A - Events Website


We are a group of enthusiastic non-experts who enjoy learning together over the winter, and visiting archaeological sites in the summer. Some visits are half-days to local places like Shap Abbey and Moor Divock, while others are longer all-day trips.

We have had tours of Birdoswald Roman fort, the working C19th sawmill at Gayle Mill, and a behind the scenes look at pre-Roman items at Tullie House, Carlisle. Archaeology is a very wide subject, and we try to reflect this in our program.

In keeping with the U3A principle of active learning, our winter meetings are a sharing of information, with members choosing a topic to investigate and then giving a short talk to a very appreciative audience. Those who aren’t happy speaking in a group can still be involved by teaming up with another member and sharing the roles. Alternative contributions could be organising an outing, and either guiding people around a site or producing a written information sheet.  We also have an outside speaker for one of the winter meetings, to provide some extra inspiration and expertise.

We have become actively involved with several outside initiatives, notably field-walking in the Penrith area for the Living Amongst the Monuments project. Others of us are taking part in the Altogether Archaeology project in the North Pennines, involving many practical skills like landscape survey, working with aerial photography as well as taking part in excavations. There have also been local digs, conferences, study days and other events run by a variety of organisations.

We meet on the 2nd Monday, from 10 to 12 at Cliburn Village Hall, CA10 3AL.  In summer the trips usually overflow to the afternoon.

For current details of program and arrangements, contact the coordinator, Ruth Ansell Davis.


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