Learning and Language

  1. Little of the history and culture of Wessex is taught in our schools.  It is not uncommon for children to leave school ignorant of the fact that they live in Wessex!  This is a sorry state of affairs and underlines the lack of commitment of London governments to our heritage.
  2. The people of Wessex have a duty to future generations to foster our cultural traditions and teach our history.  Our distinctive identity matters and must be protected.  This means developing measures throughout the school curriculum to protect cultural traditions in Wessex.  At university level, Wessex Studies should be offered as a degree course.
  3. Wessex dialect is the most obvious example of the unique identity of the Wessaxon people.  Opportunities must be available to all who wish to develop their knowledge of it.  Those who speak with a strong Wessex accent should not be expected to hide it and there must be no discrimination against them in the media.  Indeed, Wessex-based broadcasting should be positive about our distinctive identity.
  4. The Wessex identity is not a racial issue. It is about living in Wessex and having a positive commitment to the future of Wessex.  Our vision for Wessex and the world is underpinned by a respect for the diversity of the planet, both the diversity of human cultural traditions such as our languages and the diversity of environments and species – all of which must be protected and enhanced for future generations.  We believe that respect for identity and traditions will have a positive and cohesive effect on community life in Wessex and throughout Europe and the wider world.

A regionalist government in Wessex will:

  • fund an extensive programme of social research into aspects of life in Wessex in order to develop a more appropriate Wessex perspective on Wessex, European and world traditions and cultures
  • Create a Wessex Cultural Consortium based on the now defunct South West and South East Cultural Consortia
  • establish a Wessex regional radio station and a Wessex television channel.

 Meanwhile, the Wessex Regionalists will:

  • campaign for opportunities to acquire greater knowledge of Wessex history and culture to be made available at all levels in the educational system
  • seek to develop pride in the region’s accents and dialect traditions.