Autumn course brochures – request yours now


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The new Nottingham and Nottinghamshire autumn course brochure will be with us later this week.

  • A copy will be sent out (2nd Class post) to all  students who have attended a branch  course in Nottinghamshire during the last academic year  – exceptions to this is anyone who has in the past requested ‘no  publicity’ on their WEA enrolment form.


  • Brochures should be with you early next week. If your copy does not arrive please telephone 0115 9628400 and we’ll post one out to you.


  • If you’re not on our current mailing list but would like a brochure telephone 0115 9628400 and we’ll post one out to you.


  • You’ll also find brochures in local libraries, community centres, cafes etc. and our branch secretaries also have copies you can ask for.



grange  If you are off to the Radcliffe Carnival you can pick up a copy at the WEA stand there.

REMEMBER – you can also use our website to search for our autumn courses

(PS this term the Nottingham and Nottingham brochure has a PINK cover)


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: – 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

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