Celebrating 100 Years

To mark the 2021 Centenary of Williams’ birth the Raymond Williams Foundation is proud to support a special programme of activities with the aim of reintroducing some of Williams’ key ideas to contemporary publics.

 

Through the development of a set of new, freely accessible, resources and by supporting collective dialogue about the contemporary relevance of Williams’ work the Centenary programme aims to foster a renewed public understanding of the ‘long revolution’ today. The Raymond Williams Foundation supports what Williams termed the ‘Long Revolution’ towards ‘an educated and participating democracy’ through its involvement in adult education and collective community-based learning.

 

Raymond Williams Centenary ‘explainers’

Produced in a variety of formats the ‘explainers’ are a new, freely accessible, set of resources that introduce a variety of key concepts from Raymond Williams’ work to contemporary publics.

 

The explainers have been created by a range of people, from Wales, England, USA, Canada and Argentina, who share an interest in Raymond Williams and who responded to an open call for an RWF grant to take this work on. Working against the backdrop of Williams’ Centenary, the aim of the new explainers is to help renew interest in Williams’ work and promote and renew public discussion about its contemporary relevance.

Raymond Williams’ Intellectual History of ‘Culture’

Raymond Williams’ Intellectual History of ‘Culture’

A graphic essay

Introducing Raymond Williams on culture

Jared Spears & Julie Saumagne

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Raymond Williams’ Intellectual History of ‘Culture’
Raymond Williams’ Intellectual History of ‘Culture’
Raymond Williams’ Intellectual History of ‘Culture’
Resources of Hope from the Archive

Resources of Hope from the Archive

An Introduction to Raymond Williams

A podcast documentary by Phil O'Brien of the Raymond Williams Society, featuring archive material from the Williams family archive. Those interviewed include Stuart Hall, Richard Hoggart, Terry Eagleton, Raymond Williams, and Joy Williams.

Phil O'Brien

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Resources of Hope from the Archive
Resources of Hope from the Archive
Resources of Hope from the Archive
One Immediate Huge Voice

One Immediate Huge Voice

Raymond Williams & Community

Sarah Lowndes reflects on the continued significance and relevance of Raymond Williams' idea of community.

Sarah Lowndes

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One Immediate Huge Voice
One Immediate Huge Voice
One Immediate Huge Voice
Raymond Williams and the Popular Press

Raymond Williams and the Popular Press

Paul Richards explains how Williams approached the modern media, why he opposed the centralisation and concentration of media ownership, control and production, why his work calls for more a democratic media and what his work says to us today.

Paul Richards

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Raymond Williams and the Popular Press
Raymond Williams and the Popular Press
Raymond Williams and the Popular Press
Raymond Williams and the Media

Raymond Williams and the Media

An interview with Professor Martin Conboy

Paul Richards talks to Professor Martin Conboy of Sheffield University about links between Williams' work on the media and the some of the more wide-ranging ideas Williams' had about the long-term development of society and culture.

Paul Richards

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Raymond Williams and the Media
Raymond Williams and the Media
Raymond Williams and the Media
Politics of Modernism

Politics of Modernism

Against the New Conformists

A discussion of Raymond Williams' posthumous work Politics of Modernism, investigating the relationship between the cultural traditions and cultural foundations of modernism, as well as the current possibilities for new, confrontational ways of life.

Radical Thoughts Podcast

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Politics of Modernism
Politics of Modernism
Politics of Modernism
Social Purpose in Adult Education

Social Purpose in Adult Education

What is education, and in particular, adult education for?

In this explainer we are concerned mainly with the idea of social purpose in adult education, and especially with how Raymond Williams understood it. By this we mean the ways in which education contributes to society. This includes ways in which education helps us to relate to one another effectively, to understand how our society works, to understand our rights and responsibilities as citizens, to work with one another to build our communities and to confront challenges together such as climate change and inequality.

Adult Learning Wales

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Social Purpose in Adult Education
Social Purpose in Adult Education
Social Purpose in Adult Education
 

'What Raymond Williams means to me' series

As part of the Raymond Williams Foundation’s activities to mark Williams’s Centenary, this series of short films and text features makes available a series of recent interviews with a variety of people who have been touched in different ways by Williams’s work.

Terry Eagleton

Personal Memoir

Terry Eagleton

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Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton
Personal Memoir

Celebrated for his creative writing as well as his theoretical and critical work, Professor Eagleton has kindly provided this heartfelt personal memoir as a contribution to the Raymond Williams centenary commemorations.


Professor Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of English Literature within the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He obtained his PhD at Cambridge where he was a student of Raymond Williams, and went on to become the youngest Fellow of Jesus College since the eighteenth century, before moving to Wadham College, Oxford in 1968.

The Williams Family

Interview PARTS 1-9

The Williams Family

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The Williams Family
The Williams Family
Interview PARTS 1-9

In this interview with Dr Sharon Clancy, the Williams Family share memories of their father Raymond Williams and their mother Joy, covering a range of subjects including, class, war, education, religion, Marx and the Lady Chatterley Trial.


This interview has been split into 9 parts for quick and easy access to specific areas of interest.  Click the links below to access the different parts.


PART 1 - On their father Raymond Williams and their mother Joy click to watch

PART 2 - On his views on Marx click to watch

PART 3 - Lady Chatterly Trial and being a Fellow click to watch

PART 4 - Language skills & foreign students click to watch

PART 5 - War, Wales, education and religion click to watch

PART 6 - Their mother's family, the Korean war click to watch

PART 7 - His novels and his writings click to watch

PART 8 - Politics, Adult education, Miner's strike click to watch

PART 9 - Views on class click to watch


The Williams Family are Merryn, Ederyn and Madawc. (Ross - Merryn's daughter is there for information)

Dr Derek Tatton

Interview

Dr Derek Tatton

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Dr Derek Tatton
Dr Derek Tatton
Interview

Derek was an undergraduate at Cambridge and for part of his time there Raymond Williams was his tutor.


Dr Sharon Clancy is the interviewer.

Dr Kim Howells

Personal Memoir

Dr Kim Howells

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Dr Kim Howells
Dr Kim Howells
Personal Memoir

Dr Howells has written this very personal memoir of time spent in the company of Raymond Williams.


Dr Kim Howells was MP for Pontypridd between 1989 and 2010. He was educated at Mountain Ash Grammar School, Hornsey College of Art, and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, and was employed as an official with the National Union of Mineworkers between 1984 and 1985. Serving as a minister in successive Labour governments between 1997 and 2009, he also chaired the Intelligence and Security Committee. This is a history which put Dr Howells in an ideal position to write the foreword to the 2011 Library of Wales edition of The Volunteers, a novel by Raymond Williams set in the area around Cardiff and industrial south Wales.

Prof Linden West & Dr Sharon Clancy

Discussion PARTS 1-3

Prof Linden West & Dr Sharon Clancy

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Prof Linden West & Dr Sharon Clancy
Prof Linden West & Dr Sharon Clancy
Discussion PARTS 1-3

This 3 part discussion between Prof Linden West and Dr Sharon Clancy, explores Williams' ideas on Community, teaching, the importance of place and relationships.


PART 1 - Community click to watch


PART 2 - Teaching and the importance of place click to watch


PART 3 - Relationships click to watch

Prof Morag Shiach

Interview

Prof Morag Shiach

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Prof Morag Shiach
Prof Morag Shiach
Interview

Prof Morag Shiach was the last postgraduate student to be supervised by Raymond Williams at Cambridge University and is now Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London. In 1988 Morag was instrumental in setting up the appeal, to which many people in Cambridge contributed, which was used to set up the Raymond Williams Memorial Trust to continue Raymond Williams’s work in adult education.


The interviewer is Prof Mary Joannu.

Prof Jeff Wallace

Interview

Prof Jeff Wallace

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Prof Jeff Wallace
Prof Jeff Wallace
Interview

In this interview with Professor Jeff Wallace, who has been influenced by the work of Raymond Williams and is a co-founder of the Keywords journal; he shares his views and understanding of Williams' work.


The interviewer is Dr Jan Huyton.

Dr Cilla Ross & Dr Sharon Clancy

Conversation PARTS 1 & 2

Dr Cilla Ross & Dr Sharon Clancy

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Dr Cilla Ross & Dr Sharon Clancy
Dr Cilla Ross & Dr Sharon Clancy
Conversation PARTS 1 & 2

Cilla and Sharon discuss how the work of Raymond Williams continues to influence their lives. The conversation is in TWO PARTS


PART 1 Cilla's thesis and more


PART 2  Why Raymond Williams is still relevent

John Barnie

Personal Memoir

John Barnie

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John Barnie
John Barnie
Personal Memoir

John Barnie has written this memoir about how Raymond's novel 'Border Country' has influenced his life. He interviewed Raymond for Planet magazine shortly before his death in 1988. John is a poet and essayist from Abergavenny. He taught for a number of years at Copenhagen University before returning to Wales to work for the political and cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist as editor.

He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and essays, many of which are concerned with the environment and the natural world. His work has been translated into Italian, Danish and Estonian. A collection of essays, The King of Ashes, was awarded

a Welsh Books Council Prize for Literature.

A blues guitarist, he has performed in a number of blues and poetry bands, including the bilingual Y Bechgyn Drwg/The Bad Boys, and the trio Hollow Log.

His published works include a memoir, Footfalls in the Silence (Cinnamon Press) and a collection

of poems, Wind Playing with a Man’s Hat (also from Cinnamon). 

Dr Stephen Yeo

Interview

Dr Stephen Yeo

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Dr Stephen Yeo
Dr Stephen Yeo
Interview

Now retired Stephen was Chair of the Co-operative College and Principal of Ruskin College in the UK. Stephen knew Raymond Williams and worked with him occasionally. Here he talks about Raymond with Dr Sharon Clancy

Prof Mary Joannou

Personal Memoir

Prof Mary Joannou

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Prof Mary Joannou
Prof Mary Joannou
Personal Memoir

Mary Joannou is Emerita Professor at Anglia Ruskin University now attached to the Labour History Research Unit. This personal memoir describes how Raymond Williams touched the lives of three mature students at Cambridge University, the shock on hearing of his unexpected death, and the foundation of a memorial fund which eventually evolved into the Raymond Williams Foundation.

Leanne Wood

Interview

Leanne Wood

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Leanne Wood
Leanne Wood
Interview

Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru politician and community activist, talks about what reading Raymond Williams has meant for her life and her politics. Leanne speaks of the importance of community, aspects of Welsh identity and language, and the message of hope she takes from Williams. The location of the interview is a Barry Sidings Country Park at the foot of Mynydd Gelliwion. The park was developed on land previously used as railway sidings where coal was loaded from the nearby colliery to be transported to the docks. The river Rhondda can be heard flowing in the background, and the flow of traffic can also be heard. This park is a real border location between rural and urban, a very fitting location to talk about Raymond Williams's work.

Joseph Boughey

Personal Memoir

Joseph Boughey

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Joseph Boughey
Joseph Boughey
Personal Memoir

Joseph Boughey is a life member of the Raymond Williams Foundation and was a trustee between 2011 and 2020. Joseph has continued to maintain an interest in the work of Raymond Williams and recently presented a stimulus at a Philosophy in Pubs symposium on Red and Green, Ecology and Politics – discussing Williams’ work in this area. This short piece written for the Williams centenary foregrounds what Joseph perceives to be Williams’ careful focus on the use and meaning of words and some of their political implications.

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