WEA Norwich Courses

Learning with the WEA is exciting and rewarding, whatever your interest or level.  Our courses are informal and friendly, everyone is welcome and your views and experience will be valued, whatever course you choose. There are no tests or exams and you don’t need previous knowledge of the subject, so there’s no pressure to achieve a particular standard – just the pleasure of increasing your knowledge and experience, and the opportunity to meet new people

We offer courses in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, most can be booked on line.

Spring Term 2021

This course explores the rise of crime as a form of entertainment during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Starting with real life ‘sensationalised’ killings such as the Ratcliffe Highway Murders and Maria Marten and the Red Barn, we will discuss the role the press played in manipulating public opinion, and phenomena such as Murder Tourism and the Murder Souvenir trade. We will then explore the media that grew out of public obsession with crime- broadsides, patter songs, penny dreadfuls, melodrama and marionette theatre. The course concludes with discussion of the rise of the Golden Age of Crime Fiction in the early twentieth century, and the popularity of authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, thinking particularly about how world events may have changed the ways in which the public wanted to experience crime as entertainment.

 enrol online    or telephone  0300 303 3464  to  book your place  (don’t forget to have the course ID and your bank payment details to hand)

Course ID: c2227971
Tutor: Kate Jewell
Dates: 8 weeks starting Tuesday 20 April
Times: 14,15 - 16.15
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details


Norwich Branch courses
On-line delivery Spring term 2021

We are pleased to tell you that Norwich Branch WEA will  continue to offer a programme of short and longer on-line courses during the Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.  Many of our wonderful tutors have undertaken professional training to develop their courses as inter-active and online.  For a preview of proposed course see under courses on this website.  

Update on Learning with Norwich WEA during the Covid-19 pandemic

I hope you have discovered that both National and Norwich Branch WEA courses continue to be offered online and there are a large range of courses available to join. These can be booked online or by telephone, and you will be able to receive them via zoom if you have a lap-top, a PC, a tablet or a smartphone. Courses will still be kept to a sociable level so that you will be able to chat  (virtually) to the tutor and fellow students. All the tutors have been specially trained to teach on-line in order to deliver interesting and engaging classes. 

TO enrol- Note the course identification;  click here to  enrol on-line ; or call 0300 303 3464  Remember to have the course number and payment debit/credit card to hand.  The telephone line can be quite busy just before the start of a new term, so please be patient (or book early!)

Look forward to seeing you - on screen - in the Spring


More information about the 'traditional' WEA programme

The Norwich Branch Committee has regretfully come to the decision to postpone all our face-to-face courses and day schools for Spring and Summer 2021.   It is our hope that the programme we planned - which is full of interesting and new learning - will be available the following academic year 2021/22.  The cancelled 2020 Summer Programme of courses, day schools, and visits, which we had hoped to run in 2021, will once again be deferred until all constraints on meeting inside have been resolved.

Following ongoing discussion with Regional Office we have decided not to offer any face to face options;  if the situation changes we will be very pleased  to return to the Kings Centre and our usual sociable and enjoyable programme of courses and day schools.  we will keep you informed through this website.

Meanwhile - the  Norwich Branch Committee would like to thank all of our students for their enthusiasm and loyalty over many years - and we very much look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future

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