Friday lectures

Lectures are held in Cinema 4 at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, on the third Friday of the month and start at 11 am, finishing at around 12.30 pm.  A voucher, obtainable from the box office, enables half- price parking at Q-park on Arundel Gate.  There is a greeter wearing a U3A lanyard badge to welcome new members. All members are able to attend these lectures free of charge.   Occasionally there is a retiring collection for the speaker’s nominated charity.

We are trialling  an audio system for members with significant hearing problems. For more information please text Chris Carter on 07855 908007 or

The cafe opens at 10 am and refreshments are available before and after the lecture.The team will endeavour to post last-minute changes on the website.  There is no booking system – it is ‘first come, first served’, as seating is limited.   Queries to Shelagh Woolliscroft on 255 8948.


21 December – What it’s Like to be a Bird.

Professor Tim Birkhead

Tim Birkhead, Professor of Behaviour and Evolution at the University of Sheffield, is an inspirational teacher. He has taught at Sheffield for over 30 years and is also a prolific author and a frequent broadcaster, most recently with David Attenborough. He is also curator of the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology at the University.


When not in Sheffield he can be found climbing the cliffs of Skomer Island, where for the past 50 years he has been studying the guillemot population. This research has revealed significant insights into the effects of climate change.


Since the grant for Professor Birkhead’s research has been cut, and he has had to resort to crowd-funding, we thought SU3A could help by holding a retiring collection at the end of this lecture.


18 January – The Life and Works of George Eliot

Speaker TBC

15 February – Plastics: You Can’t Live With ’em but You Can’t Live Without ’em

Professor Tony Ryan, University of Sheffield

15 March – Wentworth Woodhouse, Past Present and Future

Sarah McLeod, Chief Executive, Wentworth Woodhouse Trust