Tea with Mr Darcy event


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To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death we are hosting a

TEA With Mr DARCY day at Nottingham Mechanics on Saturday 22nd July


Tutor Judith Hedley will present a day workshop which centres on Jane Austen’s most famous creation –   Fitzwilliam Darcy

Session 1: 10.am – 12noon

Session 2: 12.30pm-3.30pm


Cream tea & strawberries and cream will be served from 2.30pm and this will be followed by a discussion around ‘the feast that never happened’.

Cost: £10

Plus £4 for the cream tea and strawberries and cream

Pre-booking and pre-payment essential

To book a place:

Telephone 0115 9628416.

Send cheque  to WEA  Nottingham Branch (T with D) 39, Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ.

Please include your name and contact details and indicate if you require a cream tea

Make cheque payable to WEA Nottingham Branch.

For more information email ncleaver@wea.org.uk

Our students’ work – bottle top art


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We collected plastic bottle tops and 2 groups of tutor Roz Beeston’s students  turned these into pieces of creative art.

The groups involved were from Mencap Leicester and Deacon and Hardy, also in Leicester.

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Students from Mencap Leicester.


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Please use your vote today


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On this day in history in 1913 Emily Wilding Davison died. She was a tireless suffragette who on 1911 Census night hid in a House of Parliament cupboard.

The WEA sent a wreath to her funeral.



4th Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival, Lakeside Arts


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4th Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival, Lakeside Arts

8 July, 11:00 am4:00 pm – FREE

Drop in or join us for the day. Events taking place in The University of Nottingham Museum, Angear Visitor Centre, Djanogly Gallery and Rehearsal Hall.

Now in its 4th year this hugely successful regional festival and celebration will be displaying the wide and varied work taking place throughout Nottinghamshire by local history and archaeology societies, archaeological units, museums and
other regional archaeological organisations.

The festival will include displays, activities, handling of original material and talks.

In anticipation of The Vikings exhibition in November 2017 we will also have a wide variety of related activities to participate in, including Viking hairstyles; Viking crafts; face painting; understanding runes; and re-enactments

Practical art – our students’ work


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Jeannie Clark’s students were outside drawing and painting yesterday – here’s some of their work.

Jeannie will be offering another course on Monday afternoons at St Pauls Daybrook from September –  Telephone 0115 9628400 for our brochure giving details (brochure available from late June 2017)

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Free Taster Sessions in Leciester


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We are running a number of free taster sessions as part of Adult Festival of Learning (used to be called Adult Learners’ week) at the Newarke Houses Museum from Monday 12 June 2017 – Saturday 17 June 2017.

Taster sessions are as follows:

Archaeology: Treasures of the Midlands

Monday 12 June 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

You may have heard of Tutankhamun’s tomb, but did you know there have been some amazing discoveries made right on your own doorstep? From the coins of the Hallaton Hoard to the Saxon gold of the Staffordshire Hoard and a medieval boar badge that moved a battlefield. This session will introduce you to some of these great local finds.

Tutor: Stephanie Vann

Victorian Samplers

Monday 12 June 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

The Victorians made samplers to show their skill and creativity with a needle. Embroidery has again become fashionable. In this session you…

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37 Go to Yorkshire


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Saturday 20th May saw 37 students visit The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

This visit complimented tutor Susan Roberts’ 3 Sculptors at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park courses currently running in Radcliffe and Nottingham.

We had a fantastic day;

the whole trip was extremely well organised by Radcliffe Branch committee, we got to see and feel the very tactile installations in the new Tony Cragg exhibition, and had a wonderfully informative tour  by guide Gary.


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Why everyone should vote – a time when women didn’t have the vote


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Are you registered to vote on June 8th?

Do you intend to use your vote on June 8th?

Women fought hard for their right to vote – use yours.

This census extract from 1911 shows why everyone should exercise their right to vote:


This brave  20 year old woman writes:

No Vote – No census

I am

Dumb politically

Blind to the census

Deaf to enumerators

Being classed with criminals, lunatics and paupers

and prefer to give no further particulars

Dorothy ? Arbow? (apologies I cannot read her name)

Thanks to  Myko Celland (Twitter @dapperhistorian) for this information



‘Every member a thinker and worker’- notes from 1925 WEA Class


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davEvery member a thinker and a worker: notes from a 1925 social psychology class in Tyneside

Our WEA  Colleagues in the North East recently published this fascinating insight into early WEA courses. It demonstrates that the WEA has always been committed to providing education with a social purpose. We love to encourage our students to develop their critical thinking skills.


Turbulent Times 1918-28

Our recent visit to Tyne & Wear Archives provided a rare insight into the ways that 1920s WEA students responded to the educational activities on offer.

Hidden in a parcel of more mundane documents was a small blue exercise book entitled “Annfield Plain Class in Psychology, Journal 1925-26, 3rd year’.

This was clearly quite an advanced university extension tutorial class. Evidently, there was a class meeting, lecture and discussion each week, and the students took it in turns to take notes in the class journal.

This class was concerned with social psychology and there is evidence throughout that both the tutor, Mr Rutherford, and his students were using a psychological lens to engage with preoccupations of the era, such as the nature of progress and the power of advertising/propaganda. Other discussions dealt with politically charged issues – such as social Darwinism, patriotism and whether there were innate racial characteristics (‘the questions of stock’). These both harked back to the debates of the first world war and were harbingers of the extremist thought which pervaded Europe in the following decade, but the class notes show a critical engagement, taking nothing at face value. Even the contentious ideas of Oswald Mosley and his father were used as examples to stimulate debate.

Additionally, the group discussed what made for a successful WEA class. As the list on the image above demonstrates, the emphasis was on a tutor who could inclusively guide discussions that catered for a wide range of abilities, and a class (“each member a thinker and a worker”) who were willing to participate, absorbed in the topic, and open to others’ opinions.