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Chorleywood & Rickmansworth WEA Program 2013/14

posted 3 Aug 2013, 06:36 by Unknown user   [ updated 3 Aug 2013, 06:46 ]
The 61st season of Chorleywood & Rickmansworth WEA courses for all in Chorleywood has been published.
Dates for your diary for September 2013 and on to Spring 2014

Summary of Courses for 2013/14
  • Dig into Roman and Norman Archaeology - Virginia Brisco continues excavating for two 10 week courses 
  • Explore and range widely with Madeline Edmead over the ART, ARCHITECTURE  & SOCIETY of  GEORGIAN AND VICTORIAN ENGLAND - 20 weeks 
  • ‘BEING DIFFERENT’ is an exploration of unconventional characters in LITERATURE.  With Lena Basil-Morozow - 20 weeks 
Summary of Special Study Days for 2013/14
  • Archaeology- Rituals, Romans and Ruffians - 19th October 2013
  • New York, New York an Architectural Discovery - 1st March 2014
The WEA programme is now available on request.
Contact Rosemary Warburg – 01923 282848 or email

Courses for 2013/14


Tutor: Virginia Brisco
The Romans ‘came, saw and conquered’ and we’ve got the ruins to prove it.  But what was life really like during those 400 years?  What food did people eat, what illnesses did they get?   What gods did they worship?  What evidence did they leave?  The Romans departed as suddenly as they arrived and left Britain in the ‘Dark Ages’ for 500 years – archaeologists can tell us what was really going on as ‘un-Roman Britain’ took on the cultures of visiting Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

10.30 am to 12.30 pm.  10 weekly-meetings from 24 September 2013                                                                        
Venue: The Junction, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood   WD3 5SG.                                        
Enquiries to 01923 283985   

Tutor: Madeline Edmead
The 19th Century was one of the most dynamic periods in English history.   As society grew richer, art and architecture flourished.   In this course we will make the connection between the buildings and other works of art produced in that age and the society which they served.

10.00 am to 12 noon..  20 weekly-meetings from 25 September 2013.                                                              
Venue: The Baptist Church Hall, Latimer Road, Chenies, WD3 6ED                                                                                                   
Enquiries to 01923 282848


Tutor: Lena Bassil-Morozow
All the books in this course are united by a single theme: their protagonists are exceptional or unusual people who find themselves at odds with the society in which they live and push the conventions by ‘being themselves’.  It covers a range of both widely acclaimed and lesser known books including Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’, Emile Zola’s ‘The Masterpiece’, Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’, Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘The Young Doctor’s Notebook’ and Monica Ali’s ‘Brick Lane’. 

10.15 am to 12.15 pm.  20 weekly-meetings from 26 September 2013.
Venue:  St John Fisher Catholic Church, Shire Lane, Chorleywood  WD3 5NH.                                                                                             
For enquiries, reading lists and recommended anthologies please call 01923 282848

Special Study Days

Saturday, 19th October, 2013. 

RITUALS, ROMANS and RUFFIANS - Unearthing the secrets of the past
Tutor: Virginia Brisco
We shall look at three different aspects of archaeology:  at the Stonehenge landscape, such as Silbury Hill, Durrington Walls, Avebury etc to see how archaeologists use the evidence to construct lifestyles and beliefs for people who lived 5,000 years ago.  The Romans ‘came, saw and conquered’ Britain – or did they?  Yes, they were an ‘invading army’ yet were welcomed in by people living in south east Britain.  What impact did they have and why did Britons revert to their old lifestyles once the Roman legions left?  The third area of study concentrates on squalor and neglect from the medieval to Victorian periods.  There are copious records of laws passed, taxes collected, the church’s concern for the moral and education of the poor – but, what was life really like for the underclass? Modern archaeology can provide some of the answers.

10.30 am to 3.00 pm. One day event
Venue: The Junction, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood   WD3 5SG.                                        
Enquiries to 01923 283985  

What is the WEA?

The WEA was founded in 1903 to give new opportunities for working people to pursue learning. Today, their courses are open to all adults; young, old, at home, unemployed, working or retired. They provide friendly, informal and enjoyable courses, with experienced tutors - all in local venues.

Whatever your past educational experience, WEA hopes it will have something to offer you and help develop new skills, extend your learning or just enjoy a new interest. Everybody is welcome at a Chorleywood and Rickmansworth WEA class.