Exploring the old roads of Derbyshire: from prehistoric tracks to turnpike trusts – Summer 16

Cold Cromford Canal A course for anyone interested in local history, the history of travel, and/or walking. The old Derbyshire Portway ran through Holbrook on its route north. We will study the development of this and other ancient Derbyshire tracks, and their evolution through the Roman and medieval periods into the modern road network. We will examine documentary sources and the evidence on the ground, via two field trips.

Tutor – Stephen Bailey
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10.00am-12.00am , 7 meetings + 2 field trips from 21 April 2016
Course RefC2336113

Online enrolment is available now  – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online


Derby Book Festival events hosted by WEA Derby

WEA Derby are pleased to announce that we are hosting some of the events for the Derby Book Festival in June 2016:

Roman Derbyshire by Mark Patterson

Derbyshire was the geographical centre of Roman Britain. Derby, Chesterfield, Buxton and many places in the White and Dark Peaks hosted forts, farms and industries, including home-grown Derbyshire Ware pottery, all connected by numerous Roman roads.  Tales of lost antiquities and legends about those left behind when the Romans withdrew are also part of the story told by journalist Mark Patterson, whose earlier book, Roman Nottinghamshire was shortlisted for the Current Archaeology Book of the Year.

Monday 6 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill

2 – 3pm


Vaughan Williams: Composer, Radical, Patriot by Keith Alldritt

At this event, Keith Alldritt will be in conversation with Janet Tennant about his latest book, Vaughan Williams: Composer, Radical, Patriot.
Based on extensive research into the unpublished papers of Vaughan Williams in the British Library and other collections, this biography gives a detailed account of the long life and career of one of Britain’s greatest composers.
It shows how historical events such as the Boer War, the two World Wars and the Depression of the thirties, as well as his interest in history and literature, influenced the life and music of Britain’s greatest symphonist.   It is also the first book to assess the importance of the love affair which he entered into late in life.

Saturday 11 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill
11am – 12noon


John Whitehurst by Maxwell Craven

John Whitehurst FRS (1713-1788) was an important figure in the English Enlightenment, a man who lived for 40 years of his life in Derby and one of the founders of the celebrated Lunar Society, established with Erasmus Darwin and Matthew Boulton in 1765. Yet his reputation has been overshadowed by later colleagues: Josiah Wedgwood, James Keir, James Watt and Joseph Priestley. Although a clockmaker by calling, Whitehurst was an important pioneer of modern geological science, of factory design, meteorology and domestic appliances. Beyond the Lunar circle his close friends included the painter Joseph Wright ARA and the architect Joseph Pickford.  This book places Whitehurst firmly back where he belongs, at the core of the Enlightenment and in the vanguard of the Industrial Revolution.

Saturday 11 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill
2.30 – 3.30pm

Please see www.derbybookfestival.co.uk for details on how to book for these events