Lunchtime Talks

Programme 2021/2022 


The 3Ls are delighted to present three further Lunchtime Talks for this session.  The talks will be delivered via Zoom and are free for 3Ls members and £3 for non-members.

3Ls members please note:  Booking should be made in the same way as classes.  Before you enrol, make sure that you add your 3Ls Membership number to your profile on MyCLL so that your membership is recognised and the discount can be applied.  Please contact or if you need to be reminded of your membership number.

The Zoom Link for the talk  will be sent to you the day before the event.


Old Glasgow through the lens

Douglas will show a selection of images of Glasgow taken by his firm, which was founded by his great great grandfather Thomas Annan in 1855.  The photographic journey will take us to the 1868 old closes, the 1901 International Exhibition and maybe even a wee trip “doon the water”.  

Douglas Annan

Thursday 5 May 2022 at 12.30 via Zoom – Unfortunately this talk has been postponed until later in the year



Archive 2021/2022


Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland’s most exotic garden

Located in southwest Scotland, Logan is an integral part of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and focusses on growing plants from the Southern Hemisphere.  With its almost subtropical climate and island-like location, Logan focusses on the flora of Australasia, South Africa, South America and the Atlantic islands. With over twelve species of palms, bananas, Proteas and groves of fern trees, you will be amazed just what this tropical paradise holds in store.  Voted best garden in the UK in 2021, Logan offers something for everyone.

Richard Baines, Curator, Logan Botanic Garden 

Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 12.30 via Zoom


In the Footsteps of the Taskforce

I am retired from the Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service where I served both ashore and afloat providing weapons and ammunition to RN warships throughout the world.  My career started locally, as a trainee at the Armament Depot at Beith in 1970 and my final post was Officer in Charge of the Trident Depot at Coulport, on the Clyde in 2009.  Almost a full circle!

Upon retirement I undertook a Master’s Degree in War Studies (no change there you may say!) at Glasgow University and it was during the course of this, my first albeit late academic endeavour, that I came to appreciate the need for proof and rigorous research in support of any contention.

The talk which is based on my studies with the Battlefield Archaeology department, basically takes my personal experience of the Falklands in 1986, about which I had been spinning a yarn about for twenty odd years and re-examines them with my newly learnt academic rigour to establish fact over wishful thinking.

The talk will comprise:

An overview reminding us of the part the RN and RFA played in the conflict: Questions?

A review of the ‘Black Buck’ bombing raids and attribution of my bomb fragment: Questions?

A consideration of why war grave commemoration was forever altered by the conflict: Questions?

Any further questions?

Don’t worry it really is more fun than it sounds!

Tom Ward, 3Ls History Club President

Monday 4 April 2022 at 12.30 via Zoom


Exploring Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events and learning opportunities.

GWL has been providing information, resources and services since 1991. It developed from a broad-based arts organization called Women in Profile, which was set up in 1987 with the aim of ensuring the representation of women’s culture during Glasgow’s year as the European City of Culture in 1990.

This talk will explore the history of the library, the stories behind some of the objects, which feature in their archive and ongoing projects being worked on at the library. We will also hear some interesting facts about women’s history and visibility in public places.

Morag Smith National Lifelong Learning Development Worker

Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 12.30 via Zoom


The Paradox of the Soviet Union in its early decades as depicted through street posters

The Russian Revolution 1917 was a time of great upheaval but also of great creativity and experimentation in art. This talk is about how Soviet ideals and illusions were reflected in the images and specific eye-catching language of the street posters of that time. These works reflect the paradox of the Soviet Union during its early decades by depicting both utopianism and manipulation. You can also learn a little bit of the Cyrillic alphabet and read some Russian.

Natalya Krisanov

Natalya is a tutor in Russian language and culture with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, 

Thursday 7 October 2021 at 12.30 via Zoom Webinar


Goya: A painter between pain and glory – Cancelled

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), an exceptional witness to Spain’s turbulent journey from enlightenment back to absolutism, was a complex and insightful artist. His paintings constitute a chronicle of his times as well as a study of the human condition, capturing emotions which range from extreme violence and despair to selfless heroism. This lecture will examine the central periods in Goya’s evolution, focusing on and discussing in detail some of his masterpieces.

Sergio Romero Bueno

Sergio has given many talks to the 3Ls Spanish Club and is a tutor of Spanish language and culture in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. 

Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 12.30 via Zoom Webinar