PODCAST: ‘Education and Social Democracy’ – a talk by Raymond Williams

The latest podcast of lectures by Raymond Williams has now been released. This month’s is an unpublished lecture from 1978 in which Williams discusses – as part of a talk titled ‘Education and Social Democracy’ – working-class and adult education alongside the Labour Party, work, and humanism. 

Phil O’Brien writes…

This latest recording captures what I want the Raymond Williams Recordings project to do: make available, for free, a rich archive of unheard material, some of which will be familiar from its published form, some of which is being heard for the first time in more than four decades.


‘Education and Social Democracy’ was delivered at The Politics of Education conference organised by the Socialist Teachers Alliance in London on the 29th and 30th April in 1978. Williams was a keynote speaker on the first day and the recording itself is him preparing for the conference, recording the lecture in advance, working through his ideas on education policy by placing it within a historical perspective.

Listen here:

Many thanks to the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust for making this project possible and to Merryn Williams for her continued support.

Amiel Melburn