25 year anniversary reception

Film Highlights


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:


Emily Hicks' award
Lesley Reece's speech
HRH Princess Anne's speech
Stephen Evans' speech
Alan Tuckett's speech
Story of Adult Learners' Week/Festival of Learning
Montage: celebrating winners
Montage: Power of Learning
Interviews: Why celebrate learning
Interviews: Motivation to learn
Interviews: Impact of learning
Interviews: Importance of adult learning
Interviews: Describe learning
Interviews: Why should businesses invest?
Interviews: Highlights and what's next

See images from the event and read blogs celebrating the Festival of Learning.