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Conference Lancaster 2009

Conference Lancaster 2009:

Professor Brian Groombridge, Professor Emeritus of Adult Education, University of London, who took part in the conference, comments on some of the issues raised groombridge on conference

Val Bissland, one of the contributors to the conference, gives her viewpoint in this article

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This article can also be downloaded from the University of Strathclyde website via university of strathclyde

At the close of the first day of the conference Jim Soulsby asked some of the delegates to briefly answer questions which he felt were relevant to the event, to stimulate discussion on the way we need to secure more, better and different later life learning opportunities for older people.
Four of the questions and the responses are in this link. some LLL issues

If you would like to add your comments, please send them to


Conference programme

Please follow the links here for details of the conference programme and presentations.

Keynote addresses 

Powerpoint presentations for some of the papers presented at the conference are available at Conference presentations

Please note you will require PowerPoint on your computer to open these presentations. keynote addresses

Frank Glendenning Lecture

The 2009 Frank Glendenning memorial lecture took place at Lancaster University on Thursday 2nd April and was well attended by AEA members, other delegates to the conference and members of the public.

The speaker was Professor Keith Percy, Director of the School of Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation at Lancaster University. The title of his lecture was “The Owl of Minerva: Wisdom, Experience and Learning in Later Life” and the topics he covered included a review of developments in research and educational provision for older people over the past thirty years. He also highlighted the important role that universities have to play in this area and considered what might be the content of a national curriculum for older people.

Professor Percy's Powerpoint presentation for the lecture can be downloaded from

Please note you will require PowerPoint on your computer to open this presentation.

The full text of the lecture will be appearing later on this website.


Conference photographs

A selection of photographs from the conference can be viewed here: Conference photographs

and here: Conference photographs page 2

Further photographs have now been added, which were taken by Rita Gerrard, a participant in Lancaster University Senior Learners' programme and can be viewed here: Rita Gerrard's Conference photos

If you would like electronic copies of any of the photographs, please e-mail your request headed Conference Photographs, stating on which page is the photograph you require and its number to I am afraid I am not able to produce hard copy prints.

However further photographs can be viewed and prints ordered from the Lancaster University conference album courtesy of Fiona Frank at Snapfish Fiona's album

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