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The paper explores some research methods, frameworks and results of research into older men’s learning in Australian community contexts. It reﬂects critically on research approaches appropriate for examining learning acquired informally through community organisations, eﬀectively through informal communities of older men’s workshop practice, called Men’s Sheds. This ﬁeld of research and the context of investigation is distinctive in that being grassroots and informal, it does not presuppose that highly eﬀective learning needs to be structured, assessed and deliberate. Also, it contends that the outcomes, beneﬁts and contributions of learning through men’s sheds can be measured by its contribution to the community in addition to any individual beneﬁt. Some implications for future research in this ﬁeld, including the use of autoethnographies, are included in the conclusions.