Cottonopolis: third age research and active learning
Active Local Research – 'Cottonopolis'
You may have realised from October's TAM that active research is currently something of a U3A priority. Well, the U3A Greater Manchester Network, for its part, has been developing a research project entitled Cottonopolis, aimed at encouraging coordinated research activity among its constituent U3As.
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Possible collaboration with Manchester University
This is an exciting venture in which we are seeking the collaboration of the University of Manchester.
Don't be put off - anyone can do research
Research doesn't necessarily mean dry academic research which can only be done by people with university degrees. Any member of U3A can be an active researcher. In fact, if you've ever planned anything – like a holiday or the purchase of a new item – then, chances are you've done a spot of research of your own, maybe even without realising it.
The phenomenon of the world's first industrial city – known as 'Cottonopolis' since 1812 – astonished everyone then, and its affect is still rippling outwards today. We'd like to invite members of U3As in the network to join in local research, with a view to contributing their results towards a larger shared outcome. Whether your interest is in transport or art, health studies or craft, these aspects of our way of life have been, and continue to be, inexorably moulded by the significance of the city of Manchester.
U3A members have long memories...
Which is precisely what makes us good prospects for learning through historical investigations