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April 2019 Newsletter

The volunteers, interns, ambassadors, photographers, and organisers celebrating the success of this year's GCSE and A-Level Classical Civilisation conference, which saw 100 students from 10 different schools attend university-style lectures

'Antiquity and Historical Fiction' was a workshop we offered for years 10-11 at Redland Green School as part of their weekly enrichment sessions, where they have been reading historical novels set in antiquity and learning Latin.

10 April 2019

Welcome to the latest e-newsletter from the Bristol Classics Hub, packed with information about upcoming events, training days, and resources, as well as details of the current workshops we offer and reports of our recent events.

In this newsletter:

  1. Save the date! Bristol Classics Hub Events
  2. Other Upcoming Events and Training Days
  3. Classics Hub Workshops for Schools
  4. New Workshop Partners
  5. Bristol Classics Hub Video Project
  6. Science of Stories Teaching Resources
  7. Reviews of events
  8. Classics for All - Impact and Grants

1. Save the date! Bristol Classics Hub Events

Please see below details of two further events this academic year. We try to host events that appeal to both teachers and students, at primary and secondary level. Details of events are available on our website.

Paul Roberts 'Last Supper in Pompeii', 16 May 2019, 7.00 PM, Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall

The Bristol CA has been fortunate enough to entice Dr Paul Roberts to speak about his upcoming exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, entitled 'Last Supper in Pompeii'. School pupils and teachers are most welcome to attend this talk for free, which will be of particular relevance to those studying Roman City Life, as well as Roman culture, society, and/or religion.

This talk will introduce the upcoming major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum on food and drink in Roman society, from dining to religion. Paul is probably best known for curating the memorable exhibition ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ at the British Museum (2013).

How to register

To register attendance, please email Tickets are free for Classical Association members, students, and school pupils; there will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm.

Festival of Latin Drama, 27th June 2019, Bristol Grammar School

We are pleased to invite schools to enter plays in Bristol’s 28th Annual Festival of Latin Drama. This year the festival is being organised by the Bristol Classical Association, in partnership with the Bristol Classics Hub and Bristol Grammar School. The festival will be held at the 1532 Performing Arts Centre at Bristol Grammar School on Thursday 27th June. 

The aim of the competition is to encourage students to create a short play in Latin, which will then be performed live on the 27th June. Schools that wish to enter students for either competition are requested to fill out this online form asap, and no later than 1st May 2019. Please note there will be an entry fee of £7.50 per play.

There will be two separate categories for primary and secondary students:

  • The Minimus Competition: aimed at those using the Minimus course, either as part of the KS2 curriculum or in an extra-curricular club
  • Ludi Scaenici: for students in Years 7-10 who have been learning Latin for less than three years at school.

The Festival of Latin Drama is a fantastic way to engage students learning Latin at all stages. The day itself is a celebration of student achievement, with prizes available in each category.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers:

2. Other Upcoming Events and Training Days

The Third Sir Jeremy Morse Lecture, Professor Richard Thomas on ‘The Art of Bob Dylan's Songwriting’, Tuesday 21 May 2019, 5.00pm, Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences

A world expert on Classical poetry, Prof. Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel Prize brought him vindication. This lecture will examine the art and the craft of Bob Dylan’s songwriting, exploring the ways in which the greatest songwriter of the last 60 years produces art of the highest aesthetic appeal, from the first impulse to final perfection. Asking us to reflect on the question, "What makes a classic?," Thomas offers an eloquent argument for Dylan's modern relevance, while interpreting and decoding Dylan's lyrics for readers.

KCL Classical Civilisation Teachers’ Summer School, 22nd - 26th July 2019

ACE and King’s College London are hosting an exciting free course which aims to provide an introduction and/or extension to topics studied during GCSE and A-Level Classical Civilisation. The summer school is open to all teachers in secondary schools and sixth-form colleges. Each of the five days will consist of four 90 minute sessions, led by experts from KCL's Department of Classics. Academics will speak for 35 minutes, and then facilitate a curriculum-linked activity allowing teachers to connect scholarship to classroom practice.

The Association for Latin Teaching Summer School (ARLT) 29th July - 2nd August 2019

One of two annual teacher-training events run by the ARLT. This INSET day for Classics teachers will be held at Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, and is run by practising teachers for practising teachers. Course options range from GCSE, AS and A2 set texts, Latin & Greek, to Classical Civilisation topics, KS3 Latin, Common Entrance, CLC, Starting out in Classics teaching, and using technology in Classics teaching/Classics. For a full programme, list of speakers, and registration details, please see the ARLT website. Teachers may also be interested in the ARLT Twitter feed, Facebook page, Instagram, and Pinterest.

JACT Latin Summer School, Monday 22nd July - Saturday 3rd August 2019

These intensive courses, hosted in the city of Wells, are for all levels, from beginners up to A-Level, as well as university students who have started Latin as adults. They focus on the fluency and diversity of Latin texts, and are taught by experienced Classics teachers from leading UK schools. Classics for All are keen to send teachers on this course who wish to pick up enough Latin to teach at GCSE and above.

Archaeology and Classics CPD - 2019

'What can we learn about the Romans?’ MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) & Classics for All have partnered to bring an exciting FREE continuous professional development opportunity for Key Stage 2 teachers teaching the Romans this autumn. Please contact Ashley Almeida ( on 0207 410 2200 if you would like to attend.

3. Workshops for schools

As part of our 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. This year, we have been supporting Bristol PhD candidate Maiken Mosleth King, and her workshop: 'The Roman Emperor as Egyptian Pharaoh'. Maiken has delivered her workshop a number of times to schools across the South West, and would be delighted to do so again. Please get in touch if you would like to book a workshop (

We have also offered talks on 'Antiquity and Historical Fiction', and workshops on storytelling and myth, based on individual requests from schools. If you have an idea for a workshop, then we would love to hear from you. The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol has a host of students and staff with knowledge in a wide range of fields.

4. New Workshop Partners

In addition to our free workshops, we are pleased to advertise those run by other Classicists interested in outreach. Please note, these workshops often require a small fee to be paid to the workshop lead.

Blazon Theatre offers a range of drama workshops run by Laura Martin-Simpson (Blazon Co-Artistic Director and Outreach Manager) based on an engaging practical exploration of the classical world. Laura trained as a professional actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has a BA (Hons) in Classical Studies. She works as a private tutor for Classical Studies, Drama / Theatre Studies and English Literature, and has over 15 years experience of delivering drama workshops and working within educational establishments, including delivering workshops at the last two Classical Association conferences. All workshops support course syllabuses and are designed to give students an immersive and unique opportunity to experience aspects and themes from classical studies in a fun, supportive and creatively led environment. For more information and to talk about the possibility of Blazon Theatre coming to work with you, please email

Egyptology in Schools: Fun and engaging workshops for primary students that bring ancient Egypt to life! Using real and replica objects, stories, games and interesting activities, your children will have lots of fun finding out about the Egyptians. Workshops cover a wide range of topics from hieroglyphs, pharaohs, ancient numeracy to mummies and mythology!  All visits can be adapted to best suit students and the number of classes. Ali Ball is a teacher who has been passionate about ancient Egypt for over 20 years. She is co-founder of the Kemet Klub, committee member of the Egypt Society of Bristol, and was a Walking Wiki at Bristol Museum.

5. Bristol Classics Hub Video Project

Work is progressing on our major new outreach project: the creation of a freely accessible library of short video-lectures by University of Bristol academics on commonly studied topics and texts at GCSE and A-Level. We have completed filming on the first video, which looks at the character of Medea. Further videos will focus on Sophocles, as well as ancient warfare. We hope to launch these videos on a new YouTube channel in the summer of 2019.

6. Science of Stories Teaching Resources

Please see this page for details of our Science of Stories teaching resources, written in collaboraton between teachers and academics.

7. Reviews of events

Reviews of our schools confernce and other events can be found here.

8. Classics for All

Our primary funders, Classics for All, have recently released their Impact Report for 2010-2018, where they explain their aims, motivations, achievements, and future plans. It is also worth keeping an eye on their website, which contains range of resources, grant programmes, and ideas for starting to teach/enrich Classical subjects at all levels. We are always keen to help schools apply for funding from Classics for All to develop the provision of Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, and Ancient History.

Further information

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

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