‘Ay up me duck’: suffragettes from Derby, Derbyshire and the North

Derbyshire flowers‘Suffragette’ was one of the blockbuster films of 2015 winning awards for its account of the campaign for ‘votes for women’. However the film presented Emmeline Pankhurst as leader of a movement based in London. Thousands of women (and men) contributed from the mill and factory towns of the North including Derbyshire and Derby. We will look at the local perspective: suffragists Alice Wheeldon and Hannah Mitchell, ‘clues’ from Shipley, Breadsall and Heanor, as well as complete our own research, and publish our findings online.

Tutor Rosa Straw
Starts Wednesday 24 February 2016
Time 1.00pm-3.00pm
Duration 7 weeks Location The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee £53.90 or FREE based on selected means tested benefits


WEA Derby welcomes the Poet Laureate

In preparation for Carol Ann Duffy’s appearance at the Derby Book Festival, WEA tutors, Carol Anthony and John Rivers, will introduce her unique poems. Whether you sign up for 3 sessions or all 6 you will meet both tutors, as well as potentially getting to know 2 groups of poetry enthusiasts.

Tutor Carol Anthony & John Rivers Dates
Saturday      10.15am – 12.15pm       7, 14, 21 May        Fee: £10.00
Thursday      7.00pm – 9.00pm      12, 19, 26 May        Fee: £10.00
You can come for 3 sessions (£10.00) or 6 sessions (£20.00)
Location The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

To book a place please send payment to the WEA Derby Office: cheques payable to WEA Derby branch

Full details of the Derby Book Festival can be found at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk. Keep up to date with Festival plans on Twitter: @derbybookfest or Facebook: /derbybookfestival


WEA tutor’s new book – Bonnie Prince Charlie

BrianStone-BonniePrinceCharliePopular WEA tutor, Brian Stone has had a new book published: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland Army In Derby.

About the book:

On 4th December 1745, the ragged highland army of Bonnie Prince Charlie entered the elegant Georgian market town of Derby on their way to London. It was to be the high water mark of the Jacobite Rebellion. What happened there on the following day arguably determined the course of British history forever.

Brian’s book examines a much-neglected aspect of the ’45 Rebellion and explains why the Prince and his men decided to retreat to Scotland thus ensuring the failure of the rebellion and the death of the Jacobite cause. It also looks at the prospects of the rebels if they had decided to march to London and what might have happened if they had reached it. The book contains much new and unfamiliar material, particularly on the behaviour of the rebels in Derby, derived from eyewitness accounts and contemporary newspaper reports – some of it previously unpublished.

This book is a major new work on the Jacobite invasion of England and overturns previous historical assumptions about the decision of the Council of War to abandon their attempt to regain the crown for the Stuarts.

Brian Stone, is a retired solicitor, historian, author and WEA tutor. He frequently teaches for WEA Derby and has given talks for WEA Nottingham.

His next talk in Derby is:  A Terrible Beauty is Born – The Easter Rising 1916′  at The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at 10.00am-12.30 pm. The cost is £5. Everyone welcome.