Communications and other Big Issues

The Raymond Williams Foundation is holding a ‘Communications’ residential weekend seminar at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on 23-25 November.raymond_williams head 2

According to the Foundation, the programme will follow the pattern of recent seminars at Wortley Hall, which were based on ‘pub discussion methodologies’. The main themes for discussion will develop from Raymond Williams’ seminal book Communications.

This event is run in co-operation with the Raymond Williams Society whose annual lecture will be held on Saturday at 2.30pm, entitled ‘Scouse: A Social and Cultural History’. The speaker will be Tony Crowley, Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.

Admission to the lecture is £3 (£2 unwaged, free for RWS members). The lecture will be followed by a reception, sponsored by Liverpool University Press (LUP).

The rest of the weekend will include:

  • an optional ‘research’ project: Women and the Media
  • Liverpool themes on Robert Tressell and slavery
  • themes on global crises: Occupy, peace movement priorities, and cooperatives and mutuals
  • post-Williams technology: Wither the WWW?

The programme above will start at 5pm on Friday 23 November and finish at 12.30pm on Sunday, followed by lunch. There will be optional Sunday afternoon guided visits around Liverpool architecture, the Tressell Trail and the Slavery Museum.

The fee of £80.00 for the weekend (subsidised by educational charities) includes en suite bedroom, all meals except lunch, and all sessions. Non-residents are welcome at a pro rata price.

Booking forms and payments options are available on the Foundation’s website:

Further information from: tel. 01538 370067; email


Also this weekend:

‘Can We Rebuild the Plebs League Tradition?’

24 November at Northern College, near Barnsley.

Speakers include Hilda Kean (formerly dean of Ruskin College) and Alex Gordon (president, RMT).

Entry: £12.00 including lunch.

Details also at

To book, please contact: