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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Student success: Aboriginal art

Here is some of the wonderful work our students have made in one of our art classes, Drawing and painting the multicultural way. You can click on the thumbnail to see the paintings in detail.


If you would like to join us for some practical art this class will be running again in the spring term – please keep an eye on this website for further details, or contact us on 01332 291805 or derbyoffice@wea.org.uk for a brochure.

Student success: Geology

The geology class on a Wednesday morning is proving very popular among our students.

Students enjoying a geology class at WEA Derby

Students enjoying a geology class at WEA Derby

We will be running another geology class in the spring term – keep your eyes on this website for further information, or request a brochure on 01332 291805 or derbyoffice@wea.org.uk.

Open day: What’s happening

We’re having an open day on September 14, and this is what is happening on the day.

  • WEA tutors to talk to about what the WEA is, what we stand for, what sorts of courses we deliver – art classes; print workshops; personal development; politics; creative writing; family history and archiving; history of ceramics; literature; military history; wildlife; poetry; music and many more
  • What is social purpose education? Watch film clips and discuss it together
  • Display of an old Co-op Women’s Guild Banner
  • 12.30pm   Showing of the film ‘The Rochdale Pioneers’ about the setting up of one of the very first cooperative shops
  • A display of handmade fabric jigsaw pieces sewn in support of Save the Children’s, Race Against Hunger Campaign. The Craftivist Collective encouraged people to help create this giant jigsaw embroidered with messages, to raise awareness and to lobby the government to use its power and influence as it hosted the 2013 G8.
  • A craft activity all day to help us to think about where our clothes are made and the wages earned by the people who make them. There are no easy answers but if you ‘LOVE FASHION AND HATE SWEATSHOPS’, this is something to consider. Craft activism is working ‘to change the world one stitch at a time’!

Welcome to the Mill on Lodge Lane on 14 September! We’re open 10-3.

Open day

We’re having an open day at The Mill on Saturday 14 September. Please come along and meet our tutors, see our new buildings, and find out more about what we have to offer!

Date: 14 September
Time: 10.00am-3.00pm
Venue: The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

Everyone is welcome!


Welcome to the website of the Derby branch of the WEA. We have only just started this website, so the content is a little sparse at the moment. Over the next few weeks we will add the details of the courses starting in September 2013, as well as other information you may find useful.

The purpose of this website is to showcase the work the WEA does in Derby. We offer a wide variety of courses, from painting to local and international history and all sorts in between. Our tutors and learners are what make our programme come alive, so this is an opportunity for you to learn more about what we have to offer.