Unification is coming to this website

We are very pleased to say that the meeting of great minds is due to hit this website soon. You will be able to find WEA courses from right across the county on one handy site.


New brochure – Spring and summer 2017

The new brochure for the summer and spring courses 2017 is now out. You can get an electronic copy by following this link: http://www.weaeastmidlands.org/brochure/. If you would prefer a hard copy please contact the Derby office on 01332 291805 or derbyoffice@wea.org.uk.

You can now enrol by telephone as well as online and by post – the phone number to call is 0113 245 3304.

We hope to see you when the new term starts!


Beautiful artwork by WEA students

womenswork-tableclothStudents at Women’s Work in Derby, working with WEA tutor Liz Blades on an art and crafts course have, amongst other things, produced this tablecloth that the organisation will now be using to cover their stall when they attend events, displays and meetings. The students used various art, printing and stitching techniques they have learned on the course.

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Based on extensive research into the unpublished papers of Vaughan Williams in the British Library and other collections, this biography gives a detailed account of the long life and career of one of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




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.

Spring & Summer 2016 Course Brochures Out Now

The long wait for the Spring/Summer 2016 course brochure is now over as all six brochures can now be downloaded from the East Midlands Regional Website:


Students who have attended a course with us in the last two academic years will automatically be emailed a copy or sent a copy through the post, but if you can’t wait for yours to arrive simply download a copy using the link above.

As usual the majority of our courses are available for pre-enrolment via the postal booking form or by enrolling online at enrolonline.wea.org.uk


WEA tutor reads her poetry

You are welcome to attend the launch and signing of Mice That Roared: Linked Short Stories, and Napoleon Solo Biscuits by WEA creative writing tutor Deborah Tyler-Bennett on Saturday 28 November, 11.30-2.00 upstairs at WH Smith in Loughborough.

There will also be a reading from both these books on Sunday 20 December at Debbie Bryan’s shop, St Mary Gate, Lace Market, Nottingham (time to be confirmed.)

We need your help

Our spring/summer brochures will be with us shortly, ready for delivery to students in early December.

We’ll all be working hard to get our brochures out to our current students, libraries and other places in our local areas. However, we are always looking for new places to take a few brochures and so would welcome your ideas and suggestions.

For example there will be lots of fayres and seasonal events happening over the next few weeks; will you be attending one? or visiting a local community centre to see a show or pantomime? could you leave a few brochures?

5 or 10 brochures left in new places could attract the one or two students we need to make your course viable … we will try our upmost to spread our publicity as far and wide as we can … but there is so little time between now and  spring course starts – a little help and/or suggestions from your will help us immensely.

Thank you.


Forensic psychology talk and WEA Derby Branch AGM

WEA Derby Branch Committee invites you to a talk

What is forensic psychology?

given by

Christian Perrin

PhD Researcher: Sexual Offences Crime and Misconduct Research Unit: Nottingham Trent University

A brief introduction to the field of forensic psychology during which we will seek to clarify what a forensic psychologist does and how this rather mysterious field of study benefits society, looking at some key areas such as the identification, detection, and treatment of crime and criminals.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 2pm

WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

Followed by the

WEA Derby Branch

Annual General Meeting

 Nominations for Officers, members of the Committee and any other business should be received by the Branch Secretary at the WEA Office by Tuesday 3rd November

Everyone is welcome

Derby WEA trip to Liverpool

On Wednesday 17 June 2015 the Derby branch of the WEA went on a day trip to Liverpool.

We arrived at Albert Dock where there was time for some sightseeing and lunch. In the afternoon we split into two groups, one for a tour of the Walker Art Gallery led by tutor Bob Moulder, and the other for the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals, led by tutor Rod Pearson. The weather was typically British for much of the day, but brightened up just in time for leaving.

Everyone who was there had a great time! We are hoping to arrange more trips like this one. If you would like to join one of our courses the Autumn programme will be available from 1 July.

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Don’t miss the Derby Book Festival, The Salon, and the new brochure!

There are lots of exciting things happening in Derby this spring, so don’t miss out:

The Derby Book Festival takes place around Derby city 31 May-7 June 2015 and they have many events that you may find interesting. For a full programme visit their website.

During Inspiring Derby week 22-28 June, WEA Derby are putting on a Salon on the topic of Idleness: Virtue or Vice?

Working in partnership the WEA and the University of Derby will recreate an 18th century French salon; a forum for genteel, convivial conversation and debate concerning ‘matters of the day’. Our salonnière sets the scene and regulates proceedings. No agenda, no presentation; your participation will shape discussion.

Date & time:       7.00-8.30pm Thursday 25 June 2015
Venue:                The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee:                      FREE
Booking is essential.

Our new brochure with courses for Autumn 2015 is expected in late June. If you want to be added to our mailing list please contact derbyoffice@wea.org.uk or call the office on 01332 291805.

WEA Derby trip to Liverpool

Join us on a day trip to Liverpool!

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Coach leaving The Mill at 09.00 returning 20.00 (approx.)

An opportunity to visit Albert Dock and to join one of 2 groups lead by:

Bob Moulder – Walker Art Gallery

Rod Pearson – Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals

Cost: £5

Please contact the Derby Office as soon as possible, with payment, if you would like a place:

01332 291805  derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

All other costs subsidised by Derby Branch via your tea and coffee donations

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Beautiful student work from Printmaking workshop

WEA Derby branch held a printmaking workshop on 7 March 2015. Our students really enjoyed the day and produced some beautiful work.