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WEA events take place throughout the year, across the country, run by WEA branches and WEA regions, including local and national events. If an event is listed here, it's open to members of the general public. This page lists WEA events but not WEA courses, which are listed on our online course search. Here you may also find fun learning-related events, which are hosted by other education organisations and individuals.


01 November 2014 (Saturday)

Art for the People: William Morris and his legacy

Location: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Event times: 2.30pm to 4.00pm

This year’s Reginald Haggar Memorial Lecture is being given by Fiona MacCarthy at 2.30pm on Saturday 1st November 2014, at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.  The lecture is open to the public, admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fiona MacCarthy is a distinguished design historian who writes on art and design for the Guardian, and is probably most famous for her acclaimed biographies of William Morris, Eric Gill and Edward Burne-Jones.  Her biography of Morris won the Wolfson History Prize.  She curated the William Morris exhibition ‘Anarchy and Beauty’, which opens in London on 16 October at the National Portrait Gallery.

William Morris was a dominant figure in the world of design, transforming British ideas about wallpaper, fabric, stained glass and illustrated books.  He was also an energetic campaigner for a host of social and environmental causes.

Morris was no stranger to Staffordshire.  During the 1870s he worked in Leek, where he established the basis of his own firm’s worldwide reputation for textiles.  In 1881 he spoke at Burslem town hall, delivering one of his most important and forthright lectures, in which he railed against the degraded circumstances of many working peoples’ lives.

Important example of Morris’s stained glass can be seen across Staffordshire, including Madeley, Cheddleton, Leek, Leigh, Amington, Brown Edge, Endon and Tamworth.

Event hosted by: West Midlands

Further information: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Telephone: 01782 232323