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Frank Glendenning Memorial Lectures

Frank Glendenning Memorial Lectures:

This annual series started in 2003 in honour of Dr Frank Glendenning who died in December 2002

Frank Glendenning was a founder member of the AEA, a long-term member of its Executive Committee and sometime Treasurer and co-Editor of its Journal. 


Frank was based at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, where in the early eighties he organised many educational programmes and conferences in the new area of learning in later life or ‘education for the elderly’ as it was sometimes known then. As an academic, Frank published and travelled widely and became established internationally both as a pioneer in the field of educational gerontology and as a champion of good practice in many professional fields in which older people were the clients / patients / users. He died in December 2002.

The annual lecture series was set up in his memory by the Association in 2003. It seeks to promote the high quality and variety of work involving older people that Frank himself espoused throughout his long and creative working life.

Frank Glendenning Memorial lecture 2018

This lecture was given by Paul McGarry of the Strategic Lead, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub. His subject was “Developing the Age-friendly Greater Manchester programme to support culture and learning in later life.”
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX.
Wednesday September 19th 2018 - 3.30 pm
The recently established Greater Manchester Ageing Hub is the first partnership of its type in the United Kingdom. It is co-ordinating programmes of activity for the benefit of older people around economy and work; age-friendly places; healthy ageing; housing, planning and transport; culture and learning; and communications. In his presentation Paul McGarry referred particularly to culture and learning.

Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2018 slides (pdf)

Paul McGarry


Previous Frank Glendenning Memorial Lectures 2003-2017

2017 - Professor Paul Kingston
I am still learning" - loneliness, isolation, older people and learning in the post-modern world

2016 - Professor Peter Lavender
Older People's Learning: A reflection on some models
Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2016    Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2016 slides (pdf)

2015 - Professor Sheila Peace
Changes in perceptions of ageing over the last 30 years: what happened to educational gerontology?

2014 - Dr Carol Holland
New directions in memory and ageing: changing the story
Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture_2014

2013 - Dr Malcolm J Fisk
Older People and the Health Literacy Imperative. 

2012 -  Alan Hatton-Yeo.
What has the last forty years taught us about ageing? 
Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2012

2011 - Lesley Hart MBE
Working and Learning together: the value of collaboration                                                                          Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2011 (pdf)

2010 -  Dr Alex Withnall Exploring the Gender Agenda in Later Life Learning.  
gender agenda - Power Point presentation

2009 - Professor Emeritus Keith Percy
The Owl of Minerva: Wisdom, Experience and Learning in Later Life                                                           Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2009 (pdf)

2008 - Professor Emeritus David James
Living and Learning:  Exploring our Biological Roots
Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture-2008

2007 - Dr Eric Midwinter:
U3Alogy: The thinking behind the U3A in the UK
Frank Glendenning Memorial Lecture 2007

2006 - Professor Emeritus Brian Groombridge
Extra Time: Arts, Health and Learning in Later Life

2005 – Professor Phil Lyon
Old Worlds:  the future of reaching into the past

2004 – Professor Alan Walker
Extending Quality Life:  The neglected role of lifelong learning

2003 - Professor Chris Phillipson
New Transitions to Ageing:  Challenges and prospects for educational gerontology


AEA plans to publish these lectures under the title “Raising the Consciousness”: the Glendenning lectures on Later–Life Learning 2003 – 2016 in the near future


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