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September 2018 Newsletter

The University is lighting up its buildings to celebrate the start of a new academic year and the arrival of almost 10,000 new students. Photo credit: University of Bristol

Statue of unknown emperor (possibly Augustus) in the State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany. Photo credit: Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

28 September 2018

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Bristol Classics Hub. With the term well underway, this edition of the newsletter contains information about upcoming Classics events, initiatives, and projects, as well as information regarding the school workshops we will be offering this year.

In this newsletter:                                          

  1. Save the date! Bristol Hub Events 2018/19
  2. Bristol Classical Association Events 2018/19
  3. Other Upcoming Outreach Events
  4. ‘The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharaoh' – free workshops
  5. Classics Hub Video Project
  6. Access to Bristol Scheme
  7. Hub Support for Schools

1. Save the date! Bristol Classics Hub events 2018/19

Please see below full details of our programme of events for this year, including two upcoming teach-meets. We have events that appeal to both teachers and students, at primary and secondary level. Full details will be on our website.

2. Bristol Classical Association Events 2018/19

The Bristol Classical Association is delighted to announce its 2018/19 programme of events, which kicks off in the autumn with Professor Patrick Finglass’ inaugural lecture at the University of Bristol, followed by a performance by professional storyteller Daniel Morden, a talk on Sicily by Jeremy Paterson, and a sneak preview of the upcoming 'Last Supper in Pompeii' exhibition at the Asmolean Museum, by Paul Roberts.

  • Patrick Finglass ‘Reconstructing the Classics’, 16 October 2018, 6pm, Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
  • Daniel Morden 'Tales from the Odyssey', 6 November 2018, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall
  • Jeremy Paterson 'Sicily - Other People's Island', 27 February 2019, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall
  • Paul Roberts 'Last Supper in Pompeii', 9 May 2019, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall

How to register
To register attendance at the Daniel Morden, Jeremy Paterson, and Paul Roberts events, please email Tickets are free for Classical Association members, students, and school pupils, who are warmly encouraged to attend; there will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm for all talks.

3. Other Upcoming Bristol Outreach Events

Edith Hall, Tuesday 9th October at 6pm, Bristol Grammar School

Edith will speak about Classics and the influence of the Classical world and Greek literature on modern society and literature. Her talk will appeal to anyone from GCSE to A-level students, even those not currently studying Classical subjects. Edith is an excellent speaker who will inspire and engage students. More details on her can be found here:

There will be no charge for this event, and teachers, scholars, and pupils alike are warmly encouraged to attend. If you would like to bring students, please let know, as the school has limited seating.


The Learning Team at Bristol Museums has developed an award-winning learning programme for schools. During the 2018, the following Classics workshops and activities are being offered:

For further information about any of these activities, please visit the Bristol Museums website or email If your school is part of the Bristol Classics Hub network, please mention this when contacting the Learning Team as they may be able to provide you with additional support or a modest discount.

4. 'The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharoah' - free workshops for schools

As part of our package of support for schools, we are developing a number of workshops that focus on different elements of the history, culture and literature of the ancient world. For the 2018/19 academic year, we are delighted to be supporting Bristol PhD candidate Maiken Mosleth King, and her new workshop: 'The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharaoh'. This 1 hour workshop (held in school) is designed to enrich the study of Greek and Roman receptions of ancient Egypt, and will offer students the chance to engage extensively with both literary and visual culture. It is suitable for secondary students of Classical Civilisation or Ancient History, and for those studying the ancient languages. For more information about the workshop and how to book, please visit our website.

5. Classics Hub Video Project

Stay tuned for the launch of a major new Hub outreach project: the creation of a freely accessible library of short video-lectures by our academics on commonly studied topics and texts at GCSE and A-Level.

6. Access to Bristol Scheme

This summer, the first cohort of students from schools and colleges across the Bristol area ‘graduated’ from a unique scheme which gives them an insight into studying Classics and Ancient History at university. The Classics stream of the Access to Bristol course is designed to encourage and inspire pupils who might not otherwise consider going onto higher education. Sixteen students completed the course last year, after studying topics such as Latin and Greek, Myths and Movies, Pompeii, Comedy, and Classical Archaeology with academics from the Department of Classics and Ancient History. The Access to Bristol scheme offers eligible participants a bursary, and a guaranteed place or interview at the University of Bristol, should they later decide to apply to study here. Applications for the 2018/19 Classics stream opened in September 2018 and the new course begins later this year. More information is available on the Access to Bristol webpage.

7. Hub support for schools

Please check out the ‘for schools’ section of our website, where you can find information about workshops, our ‘consult a lecturer’ service, arrangements for library access and details about how we can support students with Classics-related EPQ projects. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the website though, do not hesitate to contact Also if you haven’t done so already, please add your school to our hub network map.

Further information

For further information or to join the hub mailing list, please contact

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