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

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.  

 

 

 

Programme
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 www.spanglefish.com/berwicktradesunioncouncil  or contact Moira Kay on 01298 382935 or email moirakay@googlemail.com

 


 

pile of booksWMC LITERATURE WEEKENDS 2018-19

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)

TO SEE THE PROGRAMME AND BOOKING FORM CLICK HERE


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)http://socialistreview.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/image/larkin_lg.jpg

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: www.cross-street-chapel.org.uk

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