Feelgood Learning

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

Learning new things can be a great pleasure and learning alongside other people is a wonderful way of sharing ideas and experiences.

Feelgood Learning is a group of local people who enjoy exploring different ideas in company with one another.  This is the group for people who want to meet new people who are also interested in ideas.  Members come from different backgrounds and age groups.  You don’t need qualifications or to have been good at school. Basically you just need to be curious and to want to keep the grey matter working.

The emphasis of Feelgood Learning is not just on learning, however.  We are a supportive group and we do our best to make members feel included and valued.

Between January and March we will be looking at the following topics:

Adverts through Time


  • “We are the Ovaltinies…”
  • “Ahhh … Bisto!”
  • “For mash, get Smash.”
  • “You got an ‘ology!”

If any of these make sense to you then you have been hooked at some time by advertisers.

Advertising has been around for as long as there has been trade.  Even in Pompeii you can see an advert for wine from the Roman Empire.  In these sessions we are going to look at advertising in the past, both distant and more recent, and discuss what it says about the communities that created it.



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The American Civil Rights Movement and its Liverpool Connections

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr and also of his famous “I have a dream” speech.

We are going to mark this anniversary by looking at the development of the American Civil War movement and why it was necessary.



 We will discuss:

  • The origin of the black community in America as slaves and the role of Liverpool.
  • The American Civil War.
  • The Ku Klux Klan and racial segregation.
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Key figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.
  • Progress since 1968—the road to a black president.
  • Are there any echoes in modern Britain?

We are also going to look at the connections with Liverpool local history including the slave trade, the impact of the American Civil War and racial tensions in this area.

Feelgood Learning is on at the Feelgood Factory every Wednesday between 1.30  and 3.30.  For further details, phone Sandra on 0151 291 8030.

Alternatively see the most recent leaflet.

Session Notes

So that group members who may have missed a session can catch up, and also for anyone who is interested, summary notes from sessions are made available below.

The American Civil Rights Movement

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In this session we looked at slavery in American and Liverpool's role in the slave trade.  The purpose was to understand the origins of the African American population and also to explore some key facts about the involvement of Liverpool in the African slave trade.




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In this session we looked at the abolitioist movement in America, the impact of the American Civil War and Liverpool's role in the struggle.



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In this session we outlined some of the main developments leading to the Civil Rights Movement after the American Civil War.  We also looked at the 1919 Race Riot in Liverpool.



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In this session we looked at some key books and films that demonstrate changing attitudes to race.


History of Advertising

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In this session we looked at the early history of advertising from the earliest times.


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Session 2 - The Industrial Revolution and Advertising

In this session we looked at the impact of industrialisation on advertising.


Netherton Feelgood Factory, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Merseyside, L30 5QW

Telephone: 0151-291-8010

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