1-5pm, Saturday, Sept 6

 

West Country

This Saturday afternoon course is in two parts; firstly we visit some of the most beautiful parts of the West Country, including Bath (one of Britain’s oldest cities), Dartmoor, Newquay (the surfing capital of Britain), the wonderful Minack near Land’s End, and look at their history and current status.

In the second part, we look at stories of working people’s experiences in the region, using some songs from several albums by the magnificent Devon musician Seth Lakeman as points of departure. These stories range from the Tolepuddle Martyrs to the story of a young working woman (Kitty Jay) and her grave on Dartmoor, a ‘friendly fire’ incident in WW2 that was covered up for many years to the depiction of the life of a woman miner in nineteenth century Cornwall. . . and more.  We’ll also look at the making of his Tales from the Barrelhouse in an old industrial workshop that is now a heritage site plus a track about miners recorded down an abandoned mine shaft.

Presenter: Dr Philip Ferguson

To enrol, you will need to contact the WEA at:

Canterbury WEA
59 Gloucester Street,
P.O. Box 1796
Christchurch
New Zealand

Phone: 03 366 0285
Fax: 03 366 4530
Email: admin@cwea.org.nz

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