Saturday, 12 May 2018

Welcome to Riseley WEA

Courses for Autumn 2018

Water, water everywhere

with Liz Carter

Starting with an overview of early drainage attempts, this course focusses on the impact on local communities of the major drainage works carried out in the 17th Century and the role of the Bedford Corporation in keeping the Fens drained. We shall discover how the local inhabitants reacted to the changing landscape and how it affected their livelihoods. There will be floods, riots and epidemics to contend with as well as celebrations, new inventions and new opportunities. We shall meet some of the well-known characters as well as the lesser-known, ordinary folk and hear their stories. 

The aim of the course will be to investigate the effect of the draining the Fens on local communities between 1600 and 2000, looking at landscape, occupations, technology, social conditions and to consider the future options
 It may be possible to include a visit as part of the course or as an optional extra.

Starts Tuesday 18th September
2.00 for 2.15 start
Riseley Village Hall
Cost £50 for the nine week course

(directions to Riseley Village Hall)

Click here to enroll on-line now
Enrol by phoning 0300 303 3464
Enrol in person on arrival on 18th September 


Hogarth to Hockney, printmaking in Britain 1600-2000

with Judith Hodgkinson

Every picture tells a story: the print as mass communicator has been around for over 500 years, and those stories, and the often inter-connected lives of the artists, will be explored. Original prints will be studied each week.

The aim of the course will be to clarify the definition of an original print; to examine examples of some of the main methods used: wood cuts, engravings, etchings and lithographs and to include local artists/ examples where possible

This course is now fully booked

Riseley WEA is an adult educational organisation where we offer two sessions of lectures per year on a variety of cultural subjects - a Spring Term and an Autumn term.
With a history going back over thirty years, we have covered a wide variety of subjects, from history, architecture, music, art, film and many more.
All our lectures are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of their subjects and a great deal of experience in teaching interested and enthusiastic adults.
Everyone is welcome.

We meet in the comfort of Riseley Village Hall Lounge where we start each meeting with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.