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Membership is very much open (Membership Application Form 2021 2022). The cost is £15 a year. This allows you to attend any of the events which we organise locally, regional and national events, with a small charge being made for some of these to cover costs. Our current membership is over 450 and there are already nearly 50 different groups operating in areas as diverse as Italian, Golf, Lace Making and Non Fiction Reading.
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From Brunel to Eden
A celebration of the Art of Engineering
Thursday, 11th March 2021 at 10.30 to 12.30 on Zoom
Following on from the extremely popular study days on architecture, one of our u3a members,
Bjorn Watson BSc MSc, MICE, CEng, has kindly offered to talk about the great 19th Century
engineers and how they inspired 20th century structural engineering. Bjorn is a retired consulting
civil and structural engineer who has specialised in concrete and seismic engineering and was a
director of one of the leading engineering consultancies in the country. He has worked on many
high profile projects including the Eden Project, the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Building in the
City of London and the Central Business Exchange in Milton Keynes.
Since retiring Bjorn has developed his interest in the history of architecture and engineering and
lectured to a number of organisations including several professional groups, U3A and Probus
Clubs. This promises to be a very interesting day indeed.
Programme (The link will be live from 10.00 a.m.)
10.30 The work of some the great civil engineers of the 19th century.
11.15 Questions and answers
11.30 The creative work of some leading 20th century structural engineers.
12.15 Questions and answers
There is no fee for this event as Bjorn is a u3a member.
Please book electronically by clicking on the ‘TICKETSOURCE’ icon
immediately below the event on www.u3atvnetwork.org.uk This is by far the
best and easiest option. You will receive an acknowledgement immediately
and the Zoom link a few days before the event.
If you experience any difficulty, please email the organiser Margaret Sherrington at
email@example.com with your name and the u3a to which you belong.
Updates on events are also contained within the monthly newsletter and are circulated though the Whatsapp group..For full calendar see here or select Month in the top right corner above.