About the WEA

The Workers Educational Association started in 1903 to provide access to learning for working people when educational opportunity was limited. Today it is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. The WEA operates at local, regional and national levels through regional offices and volunteer-led branches like the Norwich branch.

We aim to provide friendly, informal and enjoyable courses with expert tutors. There is no need to have prior knowledge of the course subject nor do you need to have any academic qualifications. In fact, most people come on courses to explore new ideas and topics. There are no exams or tests!

See our programme of Courses and Day Schools.


Our branch is run are run by a local committee of volunteers, listed below. The committee decides on the annual programme, sorts out venues and helps to ensure that courses run smoothly for tutors and members.

Current Programme

  • the Norwich Branch brochures can be found in the carousels at various locations around the city – including the Forum, Assembly House and other arts venues
  • Brochures are also available at  The King’s Centre in King Street
  • you can call Annette on 01603 629557 if you require a posted copy.


Half Term Break

There are no WEA classes during school half terms. In ten-week courses, the break will be after your fifth session.

Committee for the Norwich Branch


Chair Wilson Graham
Treasurer Bridget Buttinger
Secretary Carole Green
Course Sec Annette Conn

Day School Sec


Annette Conn

Kay Sanderson

 Josie Bilton

Shirley Woolhouse



Become a WEA Tutor

We are always interested in hearing from potential tutors.  You can have a preliminary chat with one of the committee members and/or contact the Regional Office in Cambridge:

More information

For more information about the National and Regional WEA please follow the links:

Half Term

Just a reminder that there will be no classes in the week beginning 19th February

Spring Programme 2024

Good news!    The Spring Programme is now available to book, follow the links from  this website.   You will be pleased to know that the enrolment issues with the national enrolment have been ironed out so please book and pay for your courses/day schools directly.    (however, please let us know if you DO have problems,  use info@wea-norwich.org.uk)

Request for help

We are updating our contact  lists and would very much appreciate your help with this.

Please  reply to info@wea-norwich.org.uk with your email and telephone/mobile (latter for emergency use only) 

 choose one or more:

  • Request Information about Norwich and other WEA classes
  • Request Information about other learning opportunities in Norwich and Norfolk
  • Request for us to remove your details from our existing  database


Your personal details will only be used for the purposes indicated (above)  all personal data will be held securely and  we will not share this information with other organisations