Project ID: 1066

DescriptionWhat started out as a survey of local high streets led to Barnsley u3a members connecting with their area’s history and feeding into the vision for its future. 2020 saw the birth of the u3a High Street Project with members across the movement looking at the pandemic’s impact on local shops and the communities using them. Barnsley u3a’s local history groups developed a relationship with the local museum, ‘Experience Barnsley’, and now have an ongoing display filled with artefacts donated and lent by Barnsley u3a members. The group have big plans for future displays – and are currently considering an upcoming focus on memories of food. A new group was formed researching the history of individual streets – a particularly interesting discovery was a pipe smoking competition, held in 1937. u3a members are now working with the council as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone.
TopicsSocial history
TypeU3A-led research (not an SLP)
U3ABarnsley U3A
Organization/partnerBarnsley Council
Year started2021
Source of referenceSources online, 5th April 2022
Third Age Matters No.51, Spring 2022, p50