Talking History with Farnham U3A – The Strange Death of Liberal England – part B – S2018/9 04B

In the second part of his talk on the Strange Death of Liberal England Robert talks about the discord that existed in Britain in 1914 immediately prior to the start of the First World War.

From a situation of strife where the Government was suffering problems with the Suffragettes, in Ireland over Home Rule and a ‘triple alliance’ of the Trade Unions, the declaration of war resulted in all sides uniting against a common enemy.

This talk has been split into two sections to make it more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

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U3A Open Meeting – Theme Africa – the Three Rivers

Welcome to this podcast of the Farnham U3A open meeting on this year’s theme Africa where Michael A’Bear talks about the explorers of the Three Rivers of equatorial Africa- the Congo, Zambezi and the Nile.

The Annual Theme meetings are open to all Farnham U3A members. Meetings are usually held each month in the Barley Room of the Farnham Maltings (Maximum capacity 100 people). Most of the meetings are free, however some are ticketed.

This podcast has been released so that those members who were not able to be present have the opportunity to listen to the talk.

Imagine we are in the raging heat of Africa…….

The characters in this story were difficult people. One could be called surly, another was a violent bully. Others included a cheat and others were larger than life characters.

Michael starts by reviewing David Livingstone whose discoveries made him famous rather than his work as a missionary, where it is believed he only converted one person. The talk continues with Henry Morton Stanley (real name John Rowlands) who was born in Wales. He had gone to sea and then jumped ship in the USA. He served on both sides in the American Civil War and then became a journalist for the New York Herald.

Michael continues with Burton and Speke’s expedition, two people who didn’t like each other! Having returned to England Speke got funding for another expedition, this time with James Augustus Grant.

Michael then explores the career of Sam Baker. Baker has been described as being like Speke on Caffeine. He was disappointed that the source of the Nile had been discovered so set off and discovered Lake Albert.

The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The theme music Local History 1960s used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

This podcast is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

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U3A Open Meeting – Theme Africa – the French Foreign Legion

Welcome to this podcast of the Farnham U3A open meeting on this year’s theme Africa where Joanne Watson talks about the French Foreign Legion.

The Annual Theme is open to all Farnham U3A members. Meetings are usually held each month in the Barley Room of the Farnham Maltings (Maximum capacity 100 people). Most of the meetings are free, however some others are ticketed.

This podcast has been released so that those members who were not able to be present have the opportunity to listen to the talk.

Joanne covers the fascinating history of the Legion. She starts with the origins of the legion. Then she covers it’s successes and failures through the decades. Having started as part of the French push into Africa, with its main base in Algeria, the role has evolved and it has fought in many theatres across the world.

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Please note: all the pictures accompanying this podcast are stated as being in the Public Domain.

The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The theme music Local History 1960s used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

This podcast is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A 2018

Talking History with Farnham U3A – Exhibition Fever in the 19th Century – part A – S2018/9 03A

In the first part of her talk on the Exhibition Fever in  the 19th Century Joanne talks about exhibitions that preceded the Great Exhibition of 1851. She then talks in detail about the Great Exhibition.

After listening to Joanne please follow this link to see the V&A material.

This talk has been split into two sections to make it more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

This podcast is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A History Group 2018

Talking History with Farnham U3A – Exhibition Fever in the 19th Century – part B – S2018/9 03B

In the second part of her talk on the Exhibition Fever of the 19th Century Joanne talks about some of those that followed the Great Exhibition of 1851.

There were many, both in Europe and across the Atlantic.

This talk has been split into two sections to make it more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A History Group 2018

Talking History with Farnham U3A – The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures – part A – S2018/9 02A

In the first part of the Boer War and Other Colonial Adventures Richard Thomas starts by talking about the Colonial tensions in southern Africa. He discusses parts played by the key players in the lead up to the war and their different viewpoints.

He covers the Boer sieges of Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking and the difficulties that the British Army, initially led by Redvers Buller, had in relieving Ladysmith and the defeat of the British Army at Spion Kop.

These talks are split into sections of around 20 minutes to make them more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A History Group 2018

Talking History with Farnham U3A – The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures – part B – S2018/9 02B

In the second part of his talk on the Boer War and other Colonial Adventures Richard Thomas discusses the replacement of Redvers Buller by Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener.

The arrival of these two  new Army leaders brings a much tougher regime for conducting the war with a scorched earth policy as a response to the Boer guerrilla warfare, the building of armed blockhouses and the introduction of concentration camps for Boer civilians.

Richard points out that the disregard for the health of the internees by the Roberts and Kitchener was equalled by their disregard for the welfare of their soldiers. Things only improved for the civilian prisoners when the responsibility for the management of the camps was handed over to Milner.

This was all a PR disaster and although Britain won the war it lost the peace.

These talks are split into sections of around 20 minutes to make them more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

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Talking History with Farnham U3A – The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures – part C – S2018/9 02C

In the third part of his talk, the Boer War and other Colonial Adventures, Richard Thomas discusses some of the other adventures that took place during the scramble for Africa. The scramble for Africa took place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The adventures discussed include:

  • The Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War.
  • The Anglo-Zanzibari War – the shortest war in history!
  • The punitive Benin Expedition.
  • The Fifth Anglo-Ashanti War.

These talks are split into sections of around 20 minutes to make them more convenient to listen to.

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The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page.

The music Media Magazine used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A History Group 2018

Talking History with Farnham U3A – How the West was Lost – part A – S2018/9 01A

In  the first part of Michael A’Bear’s talk on How the West was Lost, we hear about:

  • The French Influence and the size of Louisiana
  • The Lewis and Clark expedition
  • The Alamo and its effect on the United States

The West was fascinating, it is vast and interesting, to get an idea of its vastness listen to the podcasts in Series 1 of US Rail Journeys on this site.

There are no illustrations to accompany this talk.

The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page

The music ‘Media Magazine’ used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

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Talking History with Farnham U3A – How the West was Lost – part B – S2018/9 01B

In  the second part of Michael’s talk on How the West was Lost, we hear about:

  • The Indian Wars
  • The Californian Gold Rush
  • The effect of the settlers on the West
  • The birth of the Cowboy legend
  • Many of the big names of the West such as the Earps, the OK Corral etc.

The West was fascinating, it is vast and interesting, to get an idea of its vastness listen to the podcasts in Series 1 of US Rail Journeys on this site.

There are no illustrations to accompany this talk.

The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page

The music ‘Media Magazine’ used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

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Talking History with Farnham U3A – How the West was Lost – part C – S2018/9 01C

In  the third part of Michael’s talk on How the West was Lost, we hear about:

  • Jessie James
  • Calamity Jane
  • Big Nose Kate – better known as Katie Elder
  • Ma Baker
  • George Armstrong Custer and the Little Big Horn

The West was fascinating, it is vast and interesting, to get an idea of its vastness listen to the podcasts in Series 1 of US Rail Journeys on this site.

There are no illustrations to accompany this talk.

The Farnham U3A site is at Farnham U3A Home Page

The music ‘Media Magazine’ used in this podcast is licensed from AKM Music.

© The MrT Podcast Studio and Farnham U3A History Group 2018