Black History Month is held every October in Britain. The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926, when Carter G Woodson, editor for 30 years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America.
"Dr John Thomas (WEA Tutor) led us on a fascinating study tour of buildings in Birmingham and Droitwich inspired by Byzantine, Early Christian and Lombardic architecture. These were first built in the middle of the 19th century and the ones we saw were all constructed at the beginning of the 20th century as a reaction to the overwhelming number of new gothic buildings which were being built at this time.
World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of theWorld Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries*.
WEA Tutor Gareth Calan Davies has published a number of books based on the contents of courses he provides on Transport & Industrial Geography & History. Gareth, a geography graduate, has a long career in transport and in 1990 went freelance as a writer on the subject. In 2005, with his artist partner Cheryl Davies, they set up GHAL Productions as a small publishing business.
There are lots of opportunities for varied and interesting voluntary work as a member of the branch committee in either Hereford or Ledbury. There are also opportunities to support the work of the committee by helping with specific tasks.