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Canterbury Christ Church University are running a series of lectures online Apr -Sept 2021 on education which will heavily feature the work of Raymond Williams. Book HERE

Canterbury Uni lecture series

PIPs National Online Winter Symposium

Date: Sunday 7th February 2021

3 x Sessions: 10.30am + 2.30pm + 6.30pm

Since we have had to move online, Philosophy in Pubs members and associates are not limited to their geographical areas, so this Winter’s Merseyside symposium can now welcome all our members nationally and internationally! We warmly welcome any of our members and subscribers from other parts of the world, while aware of time differences, we hope the three timed session may be a help here.

The format of the meetings will be similar to the usual informal PIP’s meeting style. The theme for this symposium is around the ideas of Raymond Williams ( education, politics, culture, the media, literature, ecology, communication and technology) Williams wrote on all these different but interconnecting areas, so plenty to get our philosophical teeth into.

Each 2 + a half hourly session will consist of a short talk (15 mins) as a stimulus for discussion/s. Followed by the group stage where members can discuss their thoughts on the stimulus in separate break-out rooms, and collectively formulate their question. Then back into the main room for the main enquiry, and any final thoughts.


As with past physical symposiums, each of the three session’s will be on a different topic, and members will choose and attend whichever sessions they wish. Enquiry topic + times at the moment are:

First session: (Leeds/Wirral) Red and Green, Ecology and Politics (Joseph Boughey)
(10.30am - 1pm)

Second session: (Wales) The Welsh routes / roots of Williams' ideas about working-class self-education. (Ted Parry) (2.30pm - 5pm)

Third session: (Merseyside) Resources of Hope - democratic and socialist culture (Paul Hogan) (6.30pm - 9pm)

If you would like to register to receive Zoom details please email:


Community knowledge, community learning and community recovery in the COVID 19 period and beyond

Free Zoom Webinar 26th June 2020 at 6-30 to 8.00pm

Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams reflected that one reason people turn to learning is to help them make sense of, adapt to, or shape processes of societal change. The aim of the 32nd annual Raymond Williams Foundation discussion event, which this year for the first time will take place online, is to explore the role informal community learning could play in helping us more clearly understand how to collectively recover from the current crisis sparked by Covid-19.

Featured speakers are;
Dr Lisa Mckenzie - Lisa Mckenzie is a sociologist at Durham University, she is a working-class academic and her work focuses upon on issues of social and class inequality.

Melissa Benn - Melissa Benn is a writer, journalist and campaigner and author of 'Life Lessons: The Case for a National Education Service'. She is the daughter of Tony Benn and Caroline Benn.

Nigel Todd - Nigel Todd is a Newcastle Labour Councillor, chairs the UK Co-operative College and was North East Regional Director of the Workers’ Educational Association.

Your host is Dr Sharon Clancy - Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership and Management University of Nottingham.

In the RWF tradition, this webinar will be as interactive as possible, with brief presentations (10 mins max) from each of the speakers and then opportunity for discussion in break out rooms. There will be a plenary at the end to pull together our thoughts and responses and to allow speakers to respond.
To register please go to this Eventbrite link. This is so we know who will be attending and to whom we should send the ZOOM link for you to attend the webinar. There is no charge.

Everbrite link


Here are a number of documents generated by the Webinar

Transcript of the Introductions by Dr Sharon Clancy and Dr Nick Mahony also the Webinar Chat room. HERE

Transcript of Melissa Benn's Talk HERE

Audio of part of the Webinar HERE

Powerpoint slides of Nigel Todd's talk HERE


pile of booksWMC LITERATURE WEEKENDS 2019-20

Continuing a long tradition of Literature weekends, WMC Literature draws people from far and wide for weekends devoted to in-depth discussion and study of books, plays and poetry, under the guidance of a tutor.

A typical weekend will focus on one or two books which we have read in advance. The tutor brings information about authors, context and themes, and a tutor-led discussion follows. Each of the six weekends may be attended as a stand-alone course.

The course begins late on Saturday afternoon with tea and biscuits and concludes with Sunday lunch. There are two sessions on Saturday, before and after dinner and two more on Sunday morning. A bar is available on Saturday evening.

There are three venues, (bedrooms ensuite), all easily accessible by road or train:

Shallowford House is in a pleasant rural location, 5 miles from Stafford and 3 miles from Junction 14 on the M6. (Shallowford House, Shallowford, Stone, ST15 0NZ)

Wistaston Hall is in a leafy suburb, between Crewe and Nantwich, 2 miles from Crewe station and 8 miles from Junction 16 on the M6. (Wistaston Hall 89 Broughton Lane, Crewe, CW2 8JS)

Foxhill House, near Runcorn, is set in 70 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside 10 miles from Chester. It is within 3 miles of both Frodsham and Helsby stations. Runcorn station is a 20 minute drive. (Foxhill Retreat & Conference Centre, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, WA6 6XB)


Raymond Williams Foundation 31st Annual Weekend

100 Years and Beyond:

Re-framing Radical Adult Education for the Contemporary World

This course was very well attended and the feedback was very positive indeed.

Transcript of Colin Waugh's lecture here

Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26th 2019 at beautiful Wortley Hall nr Sheffield

WW1 armistice dayOur 2019 annual RWF residential weekend will examine the contemporary status of adult education, through the lens of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s seminal 1919 Report on Adult Education.
We will explore emerging alternatives to the educational status quo, which has seen the mass destruction of radical and emancipatory adult education structures and approaches, such as co-operative education and social and political education.
The weekend will feature speakers from different parts of the world of radical adult education past and present - including those with expertise in the history of radical adult education, those involved with contemporary political education initiatives, co-operative and cultural education.
This RWF residential event is running in parallel with work which commenced in 2018 to establish a Commission on Adult Education (Adult Education 100) - led by a steering group comprising the RWF, the University of Nottingham, the WEA, Kellogg College, Oxford and the Co-operative College.
The weekend will also provide a chance to hear from some of those involved in this project and discuss its emerging findings and inform its forward-looking agenda.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME – liable to changes

14.00 onwards Arrival and registration. Book sales, second hand and new. 
Participants can arrive any time from 2.00pm onwards.
16.00 Tea and biscuits 
17.00 Welcome: Introductions, and review of programme plans. 
17.30 Warm-up discussion sessions: 1. Our most worthwhile experiences of education 2. What do we want from life-long education today? ; 3. BREXIT – what education do we need for a more informed democracy; 4. What education do we need to renovate our local communities? 
Given home/work commitments and Friday travel difficulties some may not arrive until 18.30, hopefully in time for dinner. Hence, use of the term 'warm up … sessions'.

18.30 DINNER

19.45 INTRO TO ‘ADULT EDUCATION 100 CAMPAIGN’. Cilla Ross, Vice-Principal, Co-op College with contributions from Prof John Holford, Dr Sharon Clancy and Dr Nick Mahony plus discussions sessions

21.15 Bar and Bed… or Music and Poetry informal late night session

08.30 Breakfast
09-30 Informal, new and emerging forms of adult learning
 Nick Mahony, Sharon Clancy, Derek Tatton, Cilla Ross 
11.00 Coffee 

11.30  Keynote: Learning from the Radical Histories of Education in the UK – Colin Waugh, Independent Working Class Adult Education Network. Including Q&A and discussion.

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.00 RWF AGM for all members or Free time
16.00 – Tea and Biscuits

16-45 - Keynote: An Overview of Contemporary Adult Education – the challenges and joys of leading a values-led College: Mel Lenehan, Principal of Fircroft College Including short discussion session.

17.45 Plenary and feedback
18.30 DINNER

Stories, Struggles and Serendipity: making the case for adult learning.

21.00 - Bar and Bed… or  Music and Poetry informal late night session


08.30 Breakfast
9.30 – Adult Education: Recalibrating emancipatory adult education to meet contemporary challenges. Break-out discussion groups on three of the big ‘democratic challenges’ ahead: Addressing Material and cultural inequalities; Climate change and new technologies; Diversity, inclusion and the fragmentation of work.
12.00 - Closing panel, report back from discussions and plenary.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and leave for home


rwf logoAll-in (subsidized) fee – only 135.00pp, includes en suite bedroom, all meals, refreshments and all sessions. £40pp deposit with balance payable at least 3 weeks in advance of the event       
Non-residents welcome.  Fee £30pp for the Saturday £15pp for Friday or Sunday.
Some RWF assisted reduced rates will be available for: those in receipt of benefits; anyone on low income and deterred by full-fee payment; especially, students and young people (16-24 years of age).  
Recipients pay only £40 pp for the full weekend, as above or £5 for non–residential. Must be agreed in advance phone 01538 300321.



The History, Culture and Politics of Berwick upon Tweed
Saturday 17th November 2018

This course was well attended with 30 delegates. Read a transcript of a very interesting lecture by John Home Robinson - retired Labour MP & MSP here

Key-note Lecture by John Home Robertson.   (11.30am)
The History of Parliamentary Representation of Berwick, Berwickshire and East Lothian since the Union of 1707
John spent 23 years at Westminster and 8 years at Holyrood as a Labour MP. His ancestral home was Paxton House which is well worth a visit.

This is Berwick and District Trades Union Council’s 25th Annual Day school.
Lectures by distinguished experts on the history and culture of Berwick upon Tweed with discussion time.

Lectures will be held in Malcom Mace’s room in Castle Gate.
Tea, Coffee and cake breaks.
Lunch will be available at The Castle Hotel.
£20 for the entire day or £5 per lecture.
Everybody welcome.  




09.00- Registration Tea/Coffee/Cake and Biscuits
09.30- 11.00 “Evidence of Women and their Lives in the Berwick Archives”
Lecture by Linda Bankier- Berwick Archivist and Historian
11.30 – 12.45 “The History of Parliamentary Representation of Berwick, Berwickshire and East Lothian since the union of 1707
Lecture by John Home Robertson
14.15 – 15.30 “The Culture and History of Berwick upon Tweed Through the Ages”
Lecture by Jim Herbert – Local Historian and Author of Berwick Time Lines.
15.45 – 16.30 “John Mackay Wilson (1804-1835) the writer of “Tales of The Borders” and Editor of The Berwick Advertiser 1832-1835
Lecture by Mike Fraser BA MSc MPhil

For more information  or contact Moira Kay on 01298 382935 or email


Raymond Williams Foundation 30th Annual Weekend

The Long Revolution Today - Education, Culture and Politics for All

The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpooladelphi hotel
Friday– Saturday/Sunday 18-20 May 2018

Thirty years after Raymond Williams’ death, the Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) invites people for a weekend of discussion about how to loosen the stranglehold the elite still largely retains on our educational, political and cultural life. Bringing together a wonderful line-up of speakers and the chance for collective participatory discussion, the aim is to generate ideas and proposals and help navigate ways ahead. MORE

Exploring the poetry of Philip Larkin (1922-85)

Residential short-course at Wortley Hall
open to all
Course dates: Friday 16th– Sunday 18th March 2018
Course tutor: Roger Elkin

Full board 3days/2nights only £120 MORE


The 2018 Raymond Williams Society Lecture

will be given by Michael Denning, Professor of American Studies and English at Yale University.

Title: 'Laboring Life: Reconsidering the Meanings of Work'
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 5pm

Cross Street Unitarian Chapel
Cross Street, Manchester City Centre, M2 1NL: