Cottonopolis: third age research and active learning
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Shared learning, active research, or pursuing interests?
What's in a name? There are many words and phrases that describe the approach of this project. In a nutshell, 'Cottonopolis' aims to support GMU3A members who would like their interest to contribute to greater understanding, and be accessible to more people, across many diverse subject areas.
This old nickname for Manchester struck us as useful in several ways as a project title. It stands for the complexity of the first industrial city in the world, where the results of rapid industrial growth were first encountered. Change encompassed not just industry but also politics, art, religion, healthcare, transport and crime. Have we missed something? Probably - so this is where you can put us right by joining in.
How to get involved
It might be that you're confident about how to go about this, or what to focus on. On the other hand you might want some help choosing and going about a project. Take a look at some of the projects that are starting at present. You might want to join them, or adapt the ideas to make a project in your own U3A.
More here on projects
What's the purpose overall?
Your efforts can become part of something bigger. We are working with several universities to see how this can be done. For example, investigations by a U3A group might contribute to postgraduate research projects.
U3A members have long memories...
Which is precisely what makes us good prospects for learning through historical investigations.
Take a look at Richard Crossley's work on Spring Mill, Rochdale