Subject Advice

Local History

 Contact the Adviser, Sandra




Want to refresh your local history group activities? Or thinking of setting up a new group? Or struggling to set up a viable group? Let me help!

You might, for example, find the local history miniguides useful. Short, to the point and illustrated with case studies, they detail over 20 different activities, with case studies, and some dos and don’ts for putting a programme together. Based on experience of what works, they could be just the thing! Email me for a copy.

Or perhaps you’d like to chat through some ideas? Get in touch and we can get a zoom meeting arranged.

Look out for u3a-exclusive learning events to broaden knowledge and skills, designed for members interested in local history.

We most recently hear from Sarah, from Heritage Open Days, who gave a fantastic talk inspiring members to explore the countless stories and places which will be celebrated by Heritage Open Days this September.

Our second event was from SAVE, a national heritage conservation charity which fights for threatened historic buildings and sustainable reuses. It campaigns with community groups and works with architects, engineers, planners and investors to offer viable alternative proposals. It includes how to find out if there’s one near you, and how to get involved. You can watch the recording via YouTube below. 



The first was a highly rated session from Historic Environment Scotland. You can watch the recording below. You can also read a handy document summarising useful resources, provided by HES following the talk.


Tell me if there’s a local history topic you’d like me to cover, or any suggestions for organisations offering talks.

About me

I facilitate Tweeddale u3a local history group. My interest in local history came from researching my family history. I just love it!

I’ve facilitated the group for about eight years, experimenting with a wide range of approaches and preferences. There isn’t much we haven’t tried.

I’m an experienced facilitator with an MSC in learning and development. I write historical fiction and nonfiction, and lead creative writing groups for Interest Groups Online

Looking forward to hearing from you!




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