Science & Technology Group

The group meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of the month at the
Harnham Memorial Hall, Watersmeet Lane, East Harnham, Salisbury
at 10.00 am unless otherwise stated.
There is a small charge of £1.00 to cover the cost of hiring the hall and paying our lecturers.
There is no membership of the group required.  Just turn up.  Members from any U3A are most welcome.


Title of Event


26/09/2016 Bees in Wiltshire Fee Robinson
31/10/2016 Climb Every Mountain
Peter Elbro
28/11/2016 The History Project -
ArtCare’s Lesley Meaker, provides a glimpse of Salisbury Hospital’s past with letters by Florence Nightingale and old medical equipment to photographs of the General Infirmary and royal visits.
Lesley Meaker
30/01/2017 Archaeo-Botany -
At the moment she is working on a really exciting project examining material held in the Pitt-Rivers archive at Salisbury Museum. Amongst the archive were a number of cigar and pill boxes full of charred grain, complete with the original labels and identifications.
Dr Ruth Pelling
27/02/2016 A Wail in the Ocean -
Underwater acoustics, including research into the area of bioacoustics, mainly the detection, classification and localisation of marine mammals. He has studied the vocal behaviour of sperm whales, classification of humpback whale songs and detection and classification of delphinids via their whistles.
Paul White
27/03/2017 God's Trees -
What might Noah's Ark have been made of? Why was so much cedar imported by King Solomon for the temple, and what would have been so special? Where do frankincense and myrrh come from? What do we know about the wood of the cross of Christ or the ancient olive trees in Gethsemane? These and many other questions are addressed.
Julian Evans
24/04/2017 The Science of Beer Making Simon Jackson
22/05/2017 Tectonics of the Rift Valley -
He will be talking about his research into seismology. Plate tectonics is the fundamental theory behind the evolution of our planet. It can explain the highest mountains and the deepest oceans. Despite this it is a relatively new scientific idea and there remain many unanswered questions.
Finn Illsley-Kemp
26/06/2017 Rare Earth Metals. Used in Magnets, Smartphones etc click on the link on left to see a superb web site on this topic. Linda Morley BSc (Hons)
Contacts: Peter Read, Janet Pengelly, Aslaug Abbott and John Wheeler.

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