Classics and Ancient History Outreach

With the generous support of the educational charity Classics For All, the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology have been able to start the Birmingham and Midlands Schools’ Classics Hub, which provides opportunities for maintained schools in the area to explore and learn about Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilisation/Ancient History. We can help to train, mentor and support teachers who want to introduce Latin or Greek into their schools, and we can provide volunteer support for such schools.

 

The Birmingham and Midlands Classics Hub runs study days for secondary schools (usually twice per year) on various aspects of Classics, as well as an annual five-day summer school which includes Latin and Greek language training and a variety of workshops. Classicists, Archaeologists and Ancient Historians from the department are always happy to visit schools.  We have worked with the Primary Latin Project to train volunteers able to offer support with Minimus classes or workshops for local primary schools interested in introducing Latin as their foreign language. 

To discuss how we can help your school, and whether your school might join the Classics Hub, please contact classics.outreach@contacts.bham.ac.uk

We also run subject support days for teachers of Classics, especially designed for trainees on schools-led programmes, and for graduates teaching Classics in schools without a teaching qualification. Our programme for 2016-17 will be published here soon. 

Our department is linked with Birmingham and Midlands branch of the Classical Association, which organises the annual Autumn and New Year’s lectures, and the annual 6th form texts and topics conference, amongst others. To receive information on the BMCA’s programme of events, please email: bm.classicalassociation@contacts.bham.ac.uk, and follow on twitter at: @CA_BhamMids

Classicists, Archaeologists and Ancient Historians from the department are always happy to visit schools. Here are some of the topics our academics cover:

Andrew Bayliss

  • Sparta: Separating fact from fiction

Profile: Andrew Bayliss

Henriette van der Blom

  • The story of 63 BC: heroes and villains? Cicero, Sallust and Catiline
  • Pompey's your man! Cicero's speech for Pompey's command against Mithridates
  • Character-building in Cicero’s Pro Roscio Amerino
  • The Greedy Governor: Cicero's Verrine Speeches

Profile: Dr Henriette van der Blom

Philip Burton

  • JRR Tolkien and the Classics 
  • Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans

Profile: Philip Burton

Henry Chapman

  • What is Archaeology? 
  • Stonehenge: Exploring the mysteries
  • Bog bodies and human sacrifice
  • Digital technologies and the study of the past

Profile: Henry Chapman

Paul Garwood

Future Pasts: Archaeology at University and career pathways
Archaeology is the only academic discipline that explores all human life in all times and places that humans have existed. As a global discipline, it cuts across cultural boundaries, uniquely blending cutting-edge practical investigative technologies, material and empirical analysis, cultural and social theory, and many different interpretative approaches to explore the richness and diversity of human cultural life. Drawing upon a vast and ever-growing mass of material evidence, and sharing ideas and methods with many other fields of enquiry, notably anthropology, earth sciences, and history, Archaeology offers unique insights into the human past and provides a range of academic, professional and practical skills greatly valued by employers in many different sectors. This talk will explain what an Archaeology degree - both as a single or combined subject - consists of, and the many career pathways such degrees lead to.

Stonehenge Transformed: archaeological fieldwork and the discovery of past worlds
Stonehenge is perhaps the most iconic of ancient monuments, recognised globally, a protected World Heritage Site, and part of the most intensively investigated prehistoric landscape in the world. Almost everything that is known about the monument and its landscape setting derives from the work of archaeologists, work which continues to produce extraordinary new discoveries and insights. This talk explores the fundamental significance of fieldwork as the primary means of archaeological enquiry, it's limitless capacity to produce new knowledge and new understandings of the past, and future directions in field methods. This will focus on recent work at Stonehenge, including results from the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project (the largest and most intensive archaeological geophysical survey ever undertaken), and the latest discoveries at Durrington Walls super-henge.

Profile: Paul Garwood

Niall Livingstone

  •  Persuasion: soft power and the art of getting your own way, in ancient Greece and today. 
  • 'Performance, Participation and Democracy in Athens'
    Why did drama and democracy develop hand in hand in ancient Greece? How did participatory democracy work? Does it matter if politicians are also actors? How can we as citizens be actors, not just spectators, in the great politics show?
  • Greek Myth: where did Greek myth come from?
    What was Greek about it? Why was it important to the Greeks, and how did they use it? What made it so influential, and why is it still powerful today?

 Profile: Niall Livingstone

Gideon Nisbet

  • Martial, the Greeks, and the Victorians: how to invent an ancient world
  • Ancient Greece: the videogame

Profile:  Gideon Nisbet

Gareth Sears

  • Changes in religious practice between the Carthaginian and Roman periods
  • Africa: Rome and Late Antiquity
  • Transformation of the Roman city in late antiquity
  • Roman power in Africa

Profile: Dr Gareth Sears

Diana Spencer

Imagining a walk through ancient Rome

Profile: Professor Diana Spencer