Heritage of Learning- History of the WEA in the South West Region
The project aimed to deliver heritage courses across the region to train and support volunteers to research the history of the WEA in the region since its founding by a local man in 1903.The exhibition and workshops will show off what has been discovered regarding the development of adult education in this part of England.
The Heritage of Learning Exhibition has been on tour of the region.
Taunton Museum 8th - 12th June 2016
Bournemouth Library15th - 18th August 2016
Exeter Regional Offices 30th August - 2nd September 2016
Gloucester History Festival 8th - 17th September 2016
St Ives Library 19th - 23rd September 2016
We were pleased that the exhibition was received so well across the region, with many local dignitaries including the Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Exeter, Mayor of Bournemouth,Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester, Joanna Cain Director of Education WEA, Curator Gloucester History Festival attending as you can see in the photos .
A series of talks were held across the region, including the "Life and Times of albert Mansbridge" and "From Poldark to Midsommer Murders".
A booklet was produced documenting the history of the WEA in the South West, this includes some fascinating photos, click here to view
We also have a photo diary of the project, click here to view
Smaller exhibition packs for area managers and branches to use with members, students and volunteers have been produced.
There has been an exciting development in Long Sutton branch who hosted the exhibition and have been writing a book about the history of Long Sutton which will be published on Oct 3 2017, watch this space.
Albert Mansbridge Memorial Garden
As part of the project students from our provision for adults with learning difficulties designed and worked on a memorial garden to commemorate WEA founder Albert Mansbridge, who retired in Torbay. The garden was opened by the Mayor and students in November 2017.