Crossing the Pennines

by | 4 April 2019 | Education and Learning, Rotherham, U3A

An old Yorkshire joke maintains that the only good thing from Lancashire is the road to Yorkshire. Lancastrians get a laugh by reversing the road’s direction. On 11th April, the Rotherham U3A ‘Out and About’ group, without prejudice, travel the road from east to west to sample a few of the many good things in Manchester, a county in its own right, but part of Lancashire until 1974.

For curious-minded members, there’s an organised opportunity to visit the dazzling exhibitions at the Museum of Science and Technology, housing the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station (1830) and the world’s first railway warehouse. Here is a host of amazing objects, including Stephenson’s Rocket, returning to Manchester for the first time in over 180 years, providing a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see this iconic symbol in its original home; numerous interactive exhibits and demonstrations bringing the world-class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life and a brilliant exhibition of electricity and power, with optional talk, to light up the day!

Alternatively, visit the spectacular John Rylands Library (a masterpiece; cathedral-like, late Victorian neo-gothic building); the People’s History Museum (fascinating exhibitions charting the development of democracy); or Manchester Art Gallery (breathtaking Leonardo da Vinci drawings) to name but three. All are central and within easy reach of each other.

For shopaholics too, central Manchester is a paradise. Take your pick of venue(s) and enjoy a day out designed by and for you. The only cost is the coach fare – £15.00, plus £2.00 supplement for non-U3A members. Contact Barbara Riley on 01709 878430 for more details.

Discover all activities offered by the U3A at or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841.