Tuesday Retro: L is for Learning in Sheffield

Honorary Degree Congregation - City Hall, Sheffield'17th July 1965
Honorary Degree Congregation - City Hall, Sheffield'17th July 1965
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow, so said Mahatma Gandhi. Learn as if you were to live forever, writes Colin Drury.

Possibly the man who led India to independence wasn’t talking about, say, taking lessons in the violin when he came out with his famous soundbite.

Sheffield Pensioners Palm Court Orchestra rehearse at the Meersbrook United Reformed Church Hall - 5th February 1988. 'Arthur Turton, 1st left', Jack Guest, 2nd left

Sheffield Pensioners Palm Court Orchestra rehearse at the Meersbrook United Reformed Church Hall - 5th February 1988. 'Arthur Turton, 1st left', Jack Guest, 2nd left

But the art of learning - whether that be a musical instrument, a new language, computer skills or the tactics needed to bring down the British Empire - is undoubtedly one way to enrich the soul.

And it is something that Sheffielders have always been keen to do.

Today, Tuesday Retro continues our A-Z series of hobbies enjoyed in the region with: L is for learning.

Forget school, it seems, to paraphrase Albert Einstein, many of us gain our most valuable educations in our spare time.

“Adult education in Sheffield has a rich history - in fact many of Sheffield University’s first students were working-class city folk attending part-time classes after work,” says professor Paul White, pro-vice-chancellor for learning and teaching at the uni, which also runs The Institute for Lifelong Learning.

“Learning new skills is invaluable, so we’re proud to offer a wealth of options for part-time undergraduate study, allowing people from a wide range of backgrounds to study with us to improve their job prospects, to meet new people, or just to prove that they can.”

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