Research & Shared Learning National Conference 3rd August

Research & Shared Learning National Conference 3rd August 2022

‘She smuggled home her father’s severed head, wrapped in her apron….’

This family story, handed down over generations, was a starting point for members of Glasgow West End Local History group. Working with local archives and museums, they uncovered the tragic story behind the death of James Wilson. You can share in these findings and more at our conference on 3rd August in Preston, Lancashire.

From archaeology to urban sketching, there will be displays of members’ work to inspire, handouts to take away, presentations by project leaders and opportunities to ask questions.

The conference is open to those already involved in u3a research / shared learning projects, and also to any u3a member who wants to know more.

Here is the link to more details and the booking form

Lunch will be provided. The venue is directly opposite Preston mainline station. If driving to the venue, Fishergate Shopping Centre Car park offers 24-hour parking for £8.50 and is a short walk from the venue.

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A park and ride service is available in two locations: please note these run to the bus station which requires a walk along Fishergate to reach the venue:

Fishergate Shopping Centre car park is a large open-air level car park next to the railway station, 3-4 minute walk to the conference venue, £8.50 for full day, more information at

Hotels in central Preston

Premier Inn Preston Central Hotel, Fox Street, Preston, PR1 2AB 5 min walk to conference venue, paid parking at Euro Car Park on St Wilfrid Street, round the back of the hotel.

Ashwood Hotel, 11-14 Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 8JB 3 min walk to conference venue, limited parking in front of building in bays.

Fishergate Apartments, 2 Fishergate court, Fishergate Hill, Preston, Preston, PR1 8QF 2 min walk to conference venue, no parking.

Legacy Preston International Hotel, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 2YF, an awkward 10 minute walk partly beside the ring road to the conference venue, free on site parking.

Holiday Inn Ringway, Preston, PR1 3AU free parking subject to availability, 15 min walk to conference venue.