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As Storm Ophelia approaches wearing a stunningly beautiful robe of golden light, we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last week…

Well, we had a great start to the new term last week when Dr Brian Hodgson kicked off the new term with his lecture on the exciting new theme of the philosophy of materials.

In his lecture Brian spoke of three views of the world’s fabrics. The mythological world, consisting of a number of elements including the underworld, earth and the heavens. Ruskin’s moral world, consisting of elements such as truth, beauty, obedience. And finally the material world, consisting of strength, durability, affordability amongst others. With these three distinct historical world views, Brian was immediately able to start us out on a thought journey which took account of the metaphysical, the historical, the contextual and the practical in terms of buildings, their materials and their evolution. We were able to grasp the scope of the subject and the true potential contained therein. Brian certainly seems to be at the start of another highly worthwhile journey of discovery. His enthusiasm is infectious and we look forward to hearing how his adventure into this fascinating new area of philosophy progresses.

We followed Brian’s lecture with a Research & Discussion Forum focused on building philosophies that interest us all, the ecological, the religious, the revolutionary. Many thanks to Brian for getting us all fired up with ideas and enthusiasm right at the start of term.

I will post the audio recording of the lecture online later in the week:

This week…

This coming Wednesday (18th October 2017) Marion McClintock, honorary archivist and honorary fellow at Lancaster University will present her lecture 'Caring for the University's Heritage'.

Marion McClintock, MBE, BA, is a very familiar face to many of us around campus, and can often be seen around Alexandra Square and the University Library. Marion has worked for the whole of her professional life in higher education, including more than forty years at Lancaster, where she was Academic Registrar from 1994 to 2006. She is currently Honorary Archivist and Honorary Fellow of the University, as well as pursuing historical and related pursuits in Lancashire and Cumbria.

In this lecture, Marion talks about the University’s historical records; their content, conservation and significance and for the future.

Following on from the lecture, in the Research & Discussion Forum, we will discuss the value of the University, the changes we have witnessed and our hopes for the future.

Events will take place in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3 from 1pm.

Other news…

Are you aged 60 or above, identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and interested in taking part in a research study?

This study aims to explore the experiences of older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in relation to expressing their sexuality across their life time and the impact this may have on loneliness in later life.

If you feel you would like to participate in this PhD study, please contact Amelia Bell of the Department of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University.

Tel: 077227431285


Thanks for your attention.

Have a good week and let’s hope Storm Ophelia is kind to us all.

Interview with George...

This is an audio interview conducted a few years ago with our friend George Henson on the subject of 'Learning Methods' in which George told us a little about his life.
The interviewer is David Pedder.

Thoughts #1 George Henson CLG short film_0001 by CLGshortfilms

An Outline of the CLG...

The Continuing Learning Group is an educational group based at Lancaster University aimed primarily at those middle aged and beyond, but open to everyone.

We are an independent group based in the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) in the University's
School of Health and Medicine.

In this Wikispace we aim to provide information and resources for those either enrolled on the
education programme, those who just want casual involvement or even those just browsing the web.
All are welcome.

This is a place to find up-to-date news and information relevant to older learners, listen to
lecture recordings, enjoy presentations etc.

This site exists for your benefit.
We hope you enjoy it!


A varied selection of Lunchtime Lectures delivered by academics take place during term times on

Wednesdays at 1pm in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3 including Question and Answer Sessions.

This is then followed by the Research & Discussion Forum, also in Fylde Lecture Theatre 3.

If you're planning to attend either or both of the above, check the programme:

Lunchtime Lectures

Research & Discussion Forum


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At the end of a week in which we learned that Hillary Clinton is to quit politics to open the world’s largest donkey sanctuary, and a parliamentary inquiry has been opened into the growing phenomenon of so-called "fake news", we look back over the last week with the CLG and look forward to the coming week.

Last week…

Last Wednesday, Professor Gill Baynes presented the first of her two lectures on Forensic Radiology.
Gill expertly took us through the elements of radiology which are used to determine gender, such as pelvic width and skull details. We then moved on to age determination based on bone development and also looked at ethnicity indicators.
There were some challenging photos in the presentation illustrating the types of case that Forensic Radiologists deal with. For the benefit of the sensitive amongst us, Gill was kind enough to warn us beforehand. This was a fascinating start to the two lecture series, and we look forward to Gill’s next lecture, which will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017.

We followed on from Gill’s lecture with a vibrant and far reaching discussion in the RDF….

I will post the audio recording of the lecture on our website in due course:

This week…

This coming Wednesday (8th February 2017) Debbie Parkinson (Innovation Agency) & Andrew Michaelson (Care Innovation) visit to present their session, 'Get Active: Improving Physical Fitness and Quality of Life through Group Activity'.

A little information about ‘Care Innovation’...

"Care Innovation is an assistive technology solution founded by specialists in practical technology-enabled care solutions that engage, support and benefit people with the widest possible range of needs. Care Innovation’s flagship programme is Get Active, an innovative digital physical activity service that supports groups or individuals. Get Active can transform health and wellbeing across a wide range of ages and needs through directed physical fitness promotion aimed at extending healthy lifespan and addressing issues such as social isolation and digital exclusion."

A little information on ‘The Innovation Agency’...

"We are the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, covering Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, with around 4.1 million residents. Our footprint includes 22 NHS providers, 20 CCGs, nine universities and a large number of life science industry partners.

Our core purpose is to spread innovation, improve health, and generate economic growth.
We are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale - improving health, generating economic growth and helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies.
We connect regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry - responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.
We create the right environment for relevant industries to work with the health and social care system.​"

Following the lecture session there will be the Research & Discussion Forum where attendees will get chance to discuss many of the ideas raised.

We hope you can join us.



(on behalf of the CLG Steering Group)