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The Raymond Williams Foundation is proud to have sponsored and played a role in the CENTENARY COMMISSION ON ADULT EDUCATION. The final report of the Commission was published on 18 November 2019 and is now available for free download here

Read our Chair Sharon Clancy's short address to the "Reconstructing Society for a Sustainable Future: The Need for Adult Education and Lifelong Learning" first webinar here

Owing to the Covid-19 situation sadly this event is now CANCELLED.
Booking is CLOSED for the RWF Weekend 2020 "Navigating Societal Change Today: the Role of Informal Learning"

OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT STAKE! See this website to see how poorly our democracy is working at present MediaNorth
Also see this email to Derek Tatton from the Compass organisation

The Annual Berwick on Tweed & District Trades Union Council Day School took place on 26th Oct. Here is a report of the day

Programme and booking form for the WMC Literary Weekends 2019-20 have been added to the Events page here

donate button facility has been added to the website here

How did writers and thinkers such as William Morris, E.P. Thompson and Raymond Williams establish a long British tradition of 'cultural democracy', and what can we take from them in the 21st century? Listen to this podcast

If you are interested in reading/writing/research, then you may well want to benefit from our Reading Retreat Scheme more

If you would like to set up a Discussion Circle in your local pub or community centre then you have notes for over 300 topics to chose from right here within the RWF website!
Have a browse here



Raymond Williams' last ever TV interview in 1988. Donated by Colin Thomas, who directed the film. The clip is originally from an HTV series he directed for Channel Four on "The Divided Kingdom". The donation came about because Stephanie Bolt mentioned that she was working on the RW Centenary initiative and about the RWF and he said he'd be happy to give this to us. AVAILABLE HERE

Reports and Notes on our webinar "Community knowledge, community learning and community recovery in the COVID 19 period and beyond " on the 26th June at 6-30 to 8-00 pm. Are now available HERE

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Raymond Williams
Taking as our guide the ideas of Raymond Williams, which he developed in his many and varied writings, we are a Charity whose trustees aim to continue his 'Long Revolution'.

The Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) commitments are specifically within the sphere of Adult Education.
Williams spent many years teaching adult students who came to him through the WEA and his extensive range of essays and lectures on education, published by NIACE in 1993,* offer a seaching analysis of the conditions for a genuine learning society.
In a time when the liberal adult education which Williams knew and respected (summarised in his statement "I've often defined my own social purpose as the creation of an educated and participating democracy") is needed as much as ever, we will help sustain and extend that tradition supporting courses and disadvantaged students through grants and bursaries

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Raymond Williams portrait

Digital portrait of Raymond Williams by Stephen Samuel, unveiled at Wortley Hall, Sun 18th October 2015 Report of Event

RWF are delighted to support "Discussion in Pubs(DiPs)" by including information within this website