Working with local schools to promote East Mediterranean studies in Birmingham

Posted on Friday 7th February 2014

Student working on illuminating a letter in the style of Byzantine manuscript decoration.

This year, PhD students Daniel Reynolds and Rebecca Darley from CBOMGS have continued their outreach collaboration with Sandwell Council by organising another programme of events on campus designed to engage local students in the work of the Centre.

This follows on from the success of events in 2012/13 which saw groups of GCSE and A-Level students from local schools coming to the University of Birmingham for the day. Students spent time in the Cadbury Research Library and Special Collections and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and had the opportunity to work with postgraduate members of the Centre.

This year students will again visit the University to learn about the creation of Byzantine manuscripts and be shown how the skills developed by studying East Mediterranean history can help them to see the world differently and enhance their employability. They will learn about the opportunities at Birmingham and how they might pursue further study.

Daniel Reynolds and Rebecca Darley have both recently submitted their PhD dissertations. They work, respectively, on Christian pilgrimage in the early Islamic Levant and on early Byzantine trade routes between the Red Sea and south India. They have worked together on various projects to promote Byzantine and Late Antique studies to public and school audiences.

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