With contributions from practitioners and scholars in adult education, 'A Ministry of Enthusiasm' sets the WEA in its historical and social context, tracing its development, and asks key questions about the provision of adult education today. Has it become a middle-class movement? Is it an instrument of social change or is it an academic institution along classical lines? Is it an autonomous voluntary organisation or has it become an arm of the state educational service? The contributors provide answers to these questions from a variety of perspectives. "This book offers an overview of the important themes in the WEA's history and relates the past to the present and future of the association. More importantly it shows just how valuable a contribution the WEA has made to lifelong learning." Tony Blair, from the foreword
As a professional historian, Stephen K. Roberts is currently an Editor with the History of Parliament Trust, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Brief Chronology of the WEA Stephen K. Roberts - Introduction 1. Bernard Jennings - The WEA - the Foundation and the Founder 2. Sean Creighton - Battersea and the Formation of the Workers' Educational Association 3. Lawrence Goldman - The First Students in the Workers' Educational Association Individual Enlightenment and Collective Advance 4. Meredith Kwartin Rusoff - R. H. Tawney and the WEA 5. Stephen K. Roberts - The Evolution of the WEA in the West Midlands - 1905-26 6. Bernard Jennings - The Friends and Enemies of the WEA 7. John Atkins - 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' The National Association and Internationalism 1918-1939 8. John Field - Survival, Growth and Retreat the WEA in Wartime - 1939-45 9. John Holford - Unions, Adult Education and Post-War Citizenship the WEA and the Construction of Trade Union Education 10. Rob Duncan - Ideology and Provision the WEA and the Politics of Workers' Education in Early Twentieth Century Scotland 11. Richard Lewis - The WEA and Workers' Education in Early Twentieth Century Wales 12. Zoe Munby - Women's Involvement in the WEA and Women's Education 13. Derek Tatton - Literature , Cultural Studies and the WEA 14. Peter Caldwell and Stephen K. Roberts - From Day Release to Lifelong Learning Workplace Education and the WEA after 1964 15. Julia Jones - WEA Values in the Twenty-First Century WEA Voices Index