25 year anniversary reception
The reception began with short speeches that highlighted the importance of lifelong learning, why we should celebrate learners' achievements and how award winners inspire more people into learning.
Our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans talked about the future of Festival of Learning, and Alan Tuckett, founder of Adult Learners' Week, reminisced about its simple beginnings. Last year's award winner, Lesley Reece, moved us with a poem about the changes learning had brought to her life, and our Patron, HRH Princess Anne, gave a passionate speech on the significance of knowledge. We were delighted to celebrate our 2016 Patron's Award winner Emily Hicks, who was presented with her award by HRH Princess Anne.
Watch highlights of the filmed speeches below: