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Monday, 14 January 2013

Professor Wedell

A Post-War Half Century - Christmas Letters 1962-2011

Professor Wedell began working with The Memoir Club in October 2012. We published his book in December 2012. Typesetting in house allowed us to complete the book in record time.

Professor Wedell also helped Elihu Katz on the introduction of broadcasting in third world countries. During the second half of the last century the Wedells began to send a Christmas letter to their friends and relations, telling them about their lives during the year.
In those years EG moved from London to a Chair in the University of Manchester. When Britain joined the European Community in 1973 he was put in charge of the Employment Policy Division in Brussels. Rosemarie developed her work in Religious Education at home and abroad. Martin and Philip went to work in Agriculture, Education and Social Development in India, China and Africa while for Crispin and Rebecca Music became a major preoccupation.
Prof Wedell's European interest led to his foundation of the European Institute for the Media in 1982 while Rosemarie began to explore the inter-faith challenges in China, India and Zambia. 

We think that the publication of these diaries, unedited and end-to-end, provides a fascinating slice of contemporary history as experienced by one family during a post-war half century.

I was really pleased to receive your letters, and have eagerly read this remarkable compilation. The book wonderfully chronicles the lives and activities of your amazing family, especially with its very welcome tributes to Rosemarie.
Mrs Yvonne Joan Craig PH D JP FRSA
About The Author
Professor of Communications Policy, University of Manchester, 1983-92, Professor Emeritus since 1992; Vice President, European Institute for the Media, 1993-97 (Director, 1983-90; Director-General, 1991-93); b 4 April 1927; er s of late Rev. Dr H. Wedell and Gertrude (nee Bonhoeffer); m 1948, Rosemarie (nee Winckler); three s one d. Educ: Cranbrook; London School of Economics (BSc Econ., 1947). Ministry of Education, 1950-58; Sec., Bd for Social Responsibility, Nat. Assembly of Church of England, 1958-60; Dep. Sec., ITA, 1960-61, Secretary, 1961-64: Prof of Adult Educn and Dir of Extra-Mural Studies, Manchester Univ., 1964-75; Vis. Prof. of Employment Policy, Manchester Business Sch., 1975-83; Senior Official, European Commn, 1973-82. Emeritus Fellow, Leverhulme Trust, 1994-96. Contested (L) Greater Manchester West, 1979, (L-SDP Alliance) Greater Manchester Central, 1984. European Parly elections; Chm., British Liberals in EEC, 1980-82; Vice-President: Greater Manchester Liberal Party, 1984-88; EC-ACP Cultural Foundn, 1992-94. Chairman: Wyndham Place Trust, 1983-; Beatrice Hankey Foundn, 1984-; Christians and the Future of Europe, 1997-99. Director, Royal Exchange Theatre Company, 1968-89, Hon. Mem., 1989. Patron, Mosscare Housing Assoc., 1998-. FRSA; FRTS. Hon. MEd Manchester, 1968; Dr ce Internat, Joumalistics Inst., Kazakstan, 1994. Lord of the Manor of Clotton Hoofield in the County Palatine of Chester. Letters Patent of Armorial Ensigns, 1997. Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), 1989; Verdienstkreuz (1 Klasse) des Verdienstordens (Germany), 1991; Comdr, Order of Merit (Portugal), 1993. Publications: The Use of Television in Education, 1963; Broadcasting and Public Policy, 1968; (with H. D. Perraton) Teaching at a Distance, 1968; (ed) Structures of Broadcasting, 1970; (with R. Glatter) Study by Correspondence, 1971; Correspondence Education in Europe, 1971; Teachers and Educational Development in Cyprus, 1971; (ed) Education and the Development of Malawi, 1973; (with E. Katz) Broadcasting in the Third World, 1977 (Nat. Assoc. of Educational Broadcasters of USA Book of the Year Award, 1978); (with G. M. Luyken and R. Leonard) Mass Communications in Western Europe, 1985; (ed) Making Broadcasting Useful, 1986; (with G. M. Luyken) Media in Competition, 1986; (ed and contrib.) Europe 2000: what kind of television?, 1988; with P. Crookes) Radio 2000, 1991; (with R. Rocholl) Vom Segen des Glaubens, 1995; (ed and contrib.) No Discouragement, 1997; (with A. J. Tudesq) Television and Democracy in Africa, 1998; (with B. Luckham) Television at the Crossroads, 2001; general editor, Media Monographs, 1985-93. Recreations: gardening, theatre, reading.

To Purchase A Post-War Half Century:

Price £20.00  P & P £2.50  UK £4.50 Europe £6.00  ROW
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Halfway Round the World - Travels in China, India and Africa by Rosemarie Wedell
Throughout her adult life Rosemarie Wedell has been an enthusiastic and dedicated diarist chronicling the events, people and places she has encountered. She has shared her experiences with her students at the Manchester College of Adult Education and the University of the Third Age.
This book provides the reader with a snapshot of her skills. Taken from the diaries she kept on her many visits to China, India and Zambia this book has an immediacy and zest that truly mirrors her own passion for life.
She carries the reader along on a physical and metaphorical journey as she explores new areas, each with their own adventures and incidents, and meets a fascinating array of characters all with their own delightfully portrayed idiosyncrasies.
Her fine eye for detail and charmingly evocative style makes this book a true pleasure to read. It will entrance and captivate all those who enjoy reading stories of unusual journeys with all the panache of a true raconteur.

Rosemarie Wedell Obituary

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