WEA Norwich Day Schools

You can book and pay for our courses, day schools and visits by calling 0300 303 3464 (local rates) Mon – Fri 10.00 am – 3.00 pm) Or you can book directly on line. Please have the course information and your bank details to hand.

If you have any questions before enrolling on either courses and day schools, please email us on info@wea-norwich.org.uk 

 

Autumn Term 2022

At the turn of the 20th century more than 10% of Norwich’s population lived in its old courts and yards, which were notorious for containing its worst slums. Join local historians and authors Frances and Michael Holmes to learn more about their research into this fascinating subject.  The three weeks will cover all aspects of the yards, Two sessions will be classroom based; the third will encompass a walk taking in parts of Oak Street, Wessex Street and St Benedict’s.

 

Course ID: C2229047
Tutor: Frances and Michael Holmes
Dates: 3 weeks starting Thursday 06 October
Times: 10.00 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30.00

In 2009 Elizabeth Strout’s  Olive Kitteridge  A Novel in Stories  won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and has become an American classic.  There have been other Olive Kitteridge novels since – but how has the author so enthralled her readers?  Is it by drawing on a long tradition of American small town stories?  Or something else entirely?  And anyway, what is a modern classic?

This ‘Day school’ will be delivered on two half days:   Thursday 6 October and Thursday 20 October

Course ID: C2229089
Tutor: Virginia Gay
Dates: 2 weeks starting Thursday 06 October
Times: 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30

First copy your heroes, then make it your own – advice often given to aspiring musicians – and the basis for this Day School, which will look at the American musical heroes British musicians in the 1960s sought to copy and how the music they made popular became the British invasion when brought back home to America.

Course ID: C2229086
Tutor: Geoff Eastman
Dates: Thursday 13 October
Times: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30.00

Do you ever wonder what is beneath your feet as you make your way around Norwich?  High or low ground, wet or dry, firm or soft and occasionally not there, there is always a reason.  Learn what lies underneath the city, and how profoundly it has shaped its development.  Matt is a local geologist, historian and writer, with a particular interest in Norwich as a physical entity – and what this means for our day-to-day lives.This is an abridged and updated version of the fascinating course ‘Subterranean Norwich’ first offered by Matt in 2012.

Course ID: C2229044
Tutor: Matt Williams
Dates: Thursday 27 October
Times: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30 - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30

Few people have heard of Suffolk artists Janet and Anne Johnstone despite the fact that they produced illustrations for over one hundred books, in addition to designs for cards, calendars, labels, wrapping paper, tins and jigsaws.  They were also involved in early pioneering children’s television programmes. This Day School will examine the fascinating and unconventional lives of the Johnstone twins and explore some of their stunningly beautiful art works.

Course ID: C2229046
Tutor: Fiona Savage
Dates: Thursday 03 November
Times: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30

This course gives an overview of Art from 1900 until now. The work will move off the canvas, away from the palette and into strange venues. You will fit 100 Art works into a geographical and temporal web.

Course ID: C2229085
Tutor: Fiona Fitzgerald
Dates: Thursday 10 November
Times: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30.00

This session will look in detail at the careers of a number of notorious highway robbers and reveal the cat and mouse games they played with the authorities who struggled to apprehend them with the very limited manpower and resources at their disposal. We will also trace the development of the potent myth of the heroic “gentleman highwayman” which has grown up over the last 200 years in literature, the arts and the media

Course ID: C2229087
Tutor: Stephen Poulter
Dates: Thursday 17 November
Times: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30 - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30.00

This is a half-day session

According to historian Nicolaus Pevsner, “Norwich is the country’s most complete medieval city with an undisturbed medieval centre of winding streets and alleys”. It is not just a question of what can be seen of the medieval city from today’s layout but what can be learned through a knowledge of its history. It is then that the past is revealed.

 

Course ID: C2229058
Tutor: Adrian O'Dell
Dates: Thursday 24 November
Times: 10.00 am - 12,30 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£15.00

Australia, an ancient land with a long and continuous history that reaches back 60,000 years.  Join me as we journey through this rich landscape to explore the art of Australia’s First Nations People.  Over two sessions we will explore how traditional stories are told through art; how different communities tell the same story in different ways; and move beyond paint as a medium to look at how Aboriginal communities employ sculpture and textiles in traditional and contemporary styles. No prior knowledge is required.

 

Course ID: C2229088
Tutor: Theresa Miller
Dates: 2 weeks starting Thursday 24 November
Times: 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£30.00
Notes:This is deliverd in two 2.5 hour sessions

Whereas Puccini, later, focussed mainly on the heroines of his operas,  Wagner’s focus is firmly on his male heroes.  This half day will concentrate first on the heroes of Wagner’s early work – Rienzi, Tannhauser, Lohengrin – then on Siegmund and Siegfried from the Ring Cycle – before moving on to the heroes of his final works – Tristan, Walther (from Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg) and finally Parsifal.  The session will be amply illustrated by clips from the various works and will provide exciting insights into the various modes of heroism which interested Wagner.

 

Course ID: C2229045
Tutor: Wilson Graham
Dates: Thursday 01 December
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£15.00

 

Norwich Branch Courses
Autumn 2022 

 15th August

URGENT INFOMATION

The autumn programme of the Norwich Branch WEA should now be  on the national enrolment pages.  (Don't forget you can also book by phone - 0300 303 3464)  

update : Some courses are still proving difficult to access;   we are working hard to identify the problem and resolve any issues. 

The Norwich Branch offers sincere apologies for all the delays in getting our programme available for booking.   This is due to a radical restructuring by the WEA national body which is causing considerable administrative difficulties.   We really appreciate the forbearance of our students during this confusing and annoying - and hopefully unique - enrolment period 

We will be offering a  face-to-face  programme in the Autumn of 2022 and Spring 2023, with some zoom options in the Spring  

 

The King’s Centre and ongoing Covid issues:

All classes will be in the large Conference Room 2,  which is well ventilated and student numbers will be limited.   Otherwise we will be operating as usual (before covid).   Arrangements at the Kings Centre are provisional and there may be a reinstatement of stricter restrictions if necessary in the Autumn/Winter.  We will keep all enrolled students up to date with requirements.

Autumn Programme 2022 

The Autumn programme is now confirmed and bookings are  open;.  Details can be found under 'Courses'  or 'Day Schools' which will be updated shortly to include the 2023 Spring Programme.   The Autumn programme brochure  can also be found in the  Leaflet carousels around Norwich

As well as the 10-week courses,  you will see a range of different shorter courses - Day Schools - offered on Thursdays during the Autumn Term.  This is a new development for us - and you will see that some sessions are full day, and some are spread over two half days.   We are very enthusiastic about these 'bite size' courses and hope you will be too.  

Just a reminder that we need interested students to sign up early as courses are cancelled about a week before the first of the sessions if numbers are low  (necessary to be fair to tutors who put a lot of effort into preparing courses for us).    You can also find courses for all of the region - as well as nationally - by going to the WEA enrolment site.   I

If you prefer to book by telephone - 0300 303 3464 (local rate)  - make sure you have course details and your credit/debit card  to hand

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