What’s New

Girton College Lifelong Learning Summer School Online: 11-22 January 2021

Although the 2021 Girton College residential course in Cambridge, UK, has been cancelled, the College is instead offering a 2 week online course:
The Lives of Winston Churchill: from Victorian Britain to End of Empire, 1876-1965, taught by Dr Eoin Devlin.

Further information, including registration instructions, can be found here and on the website https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/lifelong-learning-online


Heritage NZ Tours of Old Government Buildings

Additional tours of the Old Government Buildings specially for U3A members have been arranged and places are still available for the Attic and Basement on 27 November.
Please go to the Events page (November) for details and how to book.

If you can’t make that date, normal tours of the Old Government Buildings will resume in January.   Further details here.



Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Institutions

This Commission of Inquiry is looking into abuse in care during the period 1950-1999.  The linked fact sheet provides further information and contact details if you or any other family members or friends consider yourself a survivor of abuse or witnessed abuse of others.  It includes information on why and how to participate if you choose to.



Have Our Say – Older New Zealanders’ Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

Auckland University’s School of Nursing wants to find out the views and experiences of New Zealanders aged 70+ regarding Covid-19 and the lockdown.

People 70 and over are invited to write a letter to share their experience of the lockdown and other aspects of Covid-19. All letters (with the letter-writer’s permission) will become part of a permanent archive at the Auckland Museum. This will be an important historical record as well as a resource for informing future responses to pandemics.  Letters may be written in whatever language you feel most comfortable using or if you prefer, you can send an audio or video file.

People over 70 were identified as most vulnerable to the virus, but were characterised by the media as passive and in need of protection. Little was heard about how people in this age group actually felt about the pandemic and lockdown. The research team feels it is important these voices are heard to inform future pandemic responses.

To learn more or to take part in the research, go to  https://haveoursay.org
and follow the links there.