u3a - High Street Project

The High Street Project is a national u3a research project which looks at changes to local high streets, coordinated by Research and Shared Learning Project volunteers. 

u3a members are invited to record details of premises in their local high streets - take a note of what businesses there are, and take photos of the shop fronts - to be fed into a database. Researchers will then revisit the same high streets in 18 months’ time to note any changes that have taken place.

The findings, including anecdotes from u3a members who recall high streets of the past, will form a landmark report for publication by the Trust in 2022, helping to raise the u3as profile in its 40th anniversary year.

Further information can be found on our Sources blog


Five workshops have been organised throughout February/March 2021 for u3as or individual members who want to create their own local Research/Shared Learning Projects

Please follow the links provided to register. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants a day before each event. Please note the varied topics and start times.

Registration for these events is via Google Forms. Data is being collected by the organisers of the project directly and is not covered by the Trust's privacy policy. 


High Street-related projects as a means of attracting and retaining members  

Monday, 22 February 2021 - 2:00pm 

Led by Linda Foreman, Kingston u3a and looking at the impact of the first lockdown of 2020, and how Kingston u3a used it to keep members engaged and active. Book your place here


Change, planning and future visions

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 - 10:30am

Join Michaela Moody and Robert Sprigge to discuss examples of change in local areas and how the involvement of individuals and groups has influenced its outcomes.

You may also have current plans under discussion, and future plans that are evolving. These are all valuable topics for a local project and u3a groups might find their investigations contribute further to their local community's development. Book your place here


Make a walking trail

Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 10:30am

Ann Higgins of King's Lynn u3a will give examples from 'Discover Downham' and talk about getting started and planning a trail. Every place has a unique tale to tell - where will you start, both on the ground, and in terms of planning a group. The session will also explore ways of distributing your finished product, be it in print or electronically. Book your place here


Ann Keating. Change, planning and future visions

Monday, 1 March 2021 - 10:00am

Ann Keating, Trustee for Scotland, will look at the whole issue of planning and how communities are affected, the scales at which changes can occur, and the effects that ripple out from seemingly small actions. Ann will be looking at the visionary work of Jane Jacobs

You may consider your own u3a project a small action, but it may also form part of a positive change for your local community. Book your place here


The living history of the High Street 

Tuesday, 2 March 2021 - 1:30 pm

This workshop full but applications will go on waiting list

Jo will talk about the purpose and methods involved when you make a decision to gather people's recollections and reminiscences. The interviews of today are valuable contributions to the understanding of the past and by planning ahead they can be made available into the future. Join waiting list here