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Spring Animals

Having spent 2020 Keeping Connected and Smiling, 2021 is the year in which we are Looking Forward: to Spring, to Vaccinations and to an, albeit slow, return to normal.

As with Keep Connected, the links to online exhibitions etc are included in the list below. This list will be added to as members provide more suggestions for activities.

As we are moving towards the season of Spring, we invite members to send in photos of Spring flowers. And of course any Spring birds, butterflies, bees and lambs if you see them. With the photographer's permission, we will post these on the website for other members to view.

Please send your contributions to our Newsletter Editor at

Spring Image by Richard Duijnstee from Pixabay.

Activity Details
Spring Photos From Our Members Spring Photos submitted by our members can be found on our Looking Forward - Spring Photos page.
Contributions From Our Members Contributions from our members on how they have been keeping active, and what they are looking forward to doing in the future. can be found on our Looking Forward - Contributions from our Members page.
The Third Age Trust

Learning Events and Zoom Tutorials
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The Third Age Trust is offering a number of Learning Events online, along with "How to" Guides and Online Tutorials in how to use Zoom.

For more information, go to the Third Age Trust website.
The Science Museum

Climate Talks
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Throughout 2021, the Science Museum Group is hosting a series of Climate Talks – panel discussions, Q&As and events connecting you with leaders, experts, activists and campaigners as they discuss how to tackle the problems facing our communities due to climate change.

For more information, go to the Science Museum website.
The RSPB's

Nature Calendar for February
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have produced a "Nature Calendar" which includes information about birds, nest boxes and tree planting, along with suggested activities for this time of year.

To see the February Calendar, go to the RSPB website.
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Online Science Events
There are a number of events being promoted by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) that might be of interest to members and, in some cases, their grandchildren. These are online events delivered via Zoom.

For further details, go to our Grapevine page.
"The Dig"


Sutton Hoo
Some of you may already have seen the film "The Dig" which is about the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon Ship Burial, at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk in 1939.

This Anglo-Saxon Burial Ground is now managed by the National Trust. For more information about the Burial Ground in general, go to the National Trust's website.

The National Trust have published an article entitled "Digging the Dirt: The true story behind The Dig", which covers the full story of the excavation of the Ship Burial and includes original photographs. This can be found by clicking / touching here.

The artefacts found in the Anglo-Saxon Ship Burial were given to the British Museum and more information can be found by clicking / touching here. Further down that page, you'll find images of some of the individual items, for example a gold belt buckle, a helmet etc. Clicking / touching the small hyperlink under an image will open up another page where you will be able to enlarge the images of these amazing artefacts and see them in close-up.
Shakespeare's Sonnets The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) present a selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets performed by RSC actors, to view in your own home.

For more information, go to the Royal Shakespeare Company's website.
Kew Gardens Read articles and watch videos about plants and fungi, all provided by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

For more information, go to the Kew Garden's website.
The British Museum Tour the British Museum online. For more information, go to the British Museum's website.

Be patient, this site is popular and might take time to load.
The National Gallery The National Gallery is holding a series of online events, some of which are open to people who are not members of the National Gallery.

For more information, go to the British National Gallery website.
The Natural History Museum Take a tour of the Natural History Museum, see illustrations from HMS Endeavour or learn how to make a T. Rex origami dinosaur.

All of these and more are available at the Natural History Museum's website.
The National Archives Explore 1,000 years of History at the the National Archives' website.

Their latest online exhibition is entitled "With Love" and provides access to 500 years of love letters. This exhibition can be found at by clicking here.
Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free e-Books that you can download or read online.

For further information, see the Project Gutenberg website.
The Zooniverse To quote The Zooniverse website, "The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise."

Current Projects that Zooniverse would like you to help with include:
  • Anti-Slavery Manuscripts  Transcribing manuscripts;
  • Planet Four  Help to explore the surface and weather of the south polar region of Mars;
  • Star Notes  Transcribing the ground-breaking work of early women astronomers;
  • SuperWASP Variable Stars  Help discover the weirdest variable stars;
  • PollinatorWatch  Become a PolliWatcher and add to the understanding of pollinator decline in the Arctic and beyond;
  • Wild Mont-Blanc  Help explore the secret life of the Mont-Blanc massif! Cameras track the distribution, behaviour and seasonal rhythm of animals year after year.
Further details of all live projects can be found on the Zooniverse website.
The British Library Those with an interest in Literature may like to visit the Exploring Literature In Context Online Exhibition from the British Library. Literature covered includes Medieval, Shakespeare and Renaissance, Restoration and 18th Century, Romantics and Victorians, and the 20th Century.

Information about all British Library Online Exhibitions can be found here.
Queen Victoria's Journals Queen Victoria's private diaries were digitised and released in 2012, and make fascinating reading.

These can be found online at
The Museum of Brands The Museum of Brands contains items showing 150 years of brands, packaging and advertising. There is an online exhibition available which explores some of the most influential packaging inventions, designs and discoveries that have shaped our daily lives up into the present.

Have a trip back in time by going to
Victoria and Albert Museum A number of the articles held by the Victoria and Albert Museum are available to view in detail online.

These can be found at
NASA Online Exhibition NASA is currently providing 35 online exhibits, including views of the Hubble Telescope, historic footage of some of the Apollo missions and a tour of the Orion Nebula.

These can be found at
British Pathé The British Pathé website features a huge collection of newsreels from across the years, along with a large number of photographs.

Browse the Collections and Galleries available at to find images of the past.

Hint: Once a newsreel has started to run, clicking / touch the two-triangle symbol that appears at the top of the newsreel should make the film change to full-screen view.
British Council Film Archive Currently available from the British Council Film Archive are over 100 short documentaries about wartime Britain, made during the 1940s.

These can be found at
Royal Albert Home The Royal Albert Home brings exclusive sessions from artists’ homes to yours whilst the Hall is shut. If you missed a previous session, many are still available on demand.

These can be found at .
Citizens 800 Shared Learning Project Royal Holloway University is partnered with the University of the Third Age (U3A), and encourages U3A members to join Royal Holloway's programme of Shared Learning Projects.

Further details of the Citizens 800 project can be found on the Andover U3A News page.
Open Learn Open Learn is free learning from The Open University, with hundreds of courses covering a myriad of topics. Maybe you have always been interested in a topic, but never had the time or the resources to take that interest any further? Then now is the time try an Open Learn Introductory course.

The full list of courses can be found here.
Chatterpack Originally a resource for teachers and families of those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), the Chatterpack website provides links to educational resources that members may find of interest during this period of self-isolation.
Third Age Trust Resources Don't forget to check the Third Age Trust's website where you will find more ideas for activities.

Sign up for the Third Age Trust's monthly emailed National Newsletter for even more ideas.