the inaugural meeting in July 2010 the group decided to
approach the subject of History from the point of view of ‘World
History Over the Ages’ rather than start, say, at the Bronze Age and
progress to present day.
It was felt that this way we can look at various aspects without being
tied to a particular period.
The subject for research is suggested by and agreed upon by the group
as a whole about two months in advance.
All members are encouraged to take part in individual research so that
everyone in the group will have the opportunity to take an active part
in the discussion of the subjects chosen.
We have borrowed some DVDs from the Resource Centre but usually we
undertake our own research.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Bracknell
Methodist Church, commencing at 10.15 for approximately two hours.
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Current and Planned Activities
History of weights, measures and time
The Group intends to spend a couple of months on this and started by
looking at how definitions of weights and measures have been modernised
in the past century. We also looked at linear measurements, imperial
and metric, and some members will take note of the imperial lengths
that can be seen in Trafalgar Square when next in London.
emergence of GMT in the 1880s and the effect the railways had on
defining a common time for the whole country was also discussed. We
finished the session with a look at how different civilizations across
history have measured and recorded time.
move on to look at area measurements, and the measurement of liquids.
Then longitude and John Harrison as well as Ordnance Survey.