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Showcasing Ancient History in Stratford-upon-Avon

By Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson On 18th and 19th May, Professor Hall and Dr Holmes-Henderson attended the annual conference of the Historical Association in Stratford-upon-Avon. ACE has been collaborating with the HA over many months and we were grateful for the opportunity to showcase Ancient History at the event attended by 250+ History teachers and enthusiasts. [...]

ACE Classics Festival at the University of Reading

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson On Thursday 17th May, 60 students and 6 teachers from schools in Oxfordshire, Surrey and Berkshire attended a day of Classics-themed activities hosted by the University of Reading. Participating Schools were the Oxford Spires Academy, Trinity School, Newbury and the Winston Churchill School, Woking. The Department of Classics at the University [...]

Campaigning for People’s Classics in Swansea

By Prof. Edith Hall It is exactly a year since work began on ACE, the project I’ve been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council to lead, encouraging the introduction of qualifications in Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in secondary education across the nation.  Huge strides have been made—I've visited many schools, and events to [...]

Glasgow ACE event: Rome’s Final Frontier

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson On Wednesday 22nd March, the University of Glasgow hosted its ACE event in the spectacular Hunterian Museum. Attendees included local teachers, local authority representatives, headteachers and policy makers from across Scotland. Professor Matthew Fox, our host in Glasgow, had devised a fun quiz for attendees to complete while they explored the Hunterian’s [...]

Celebrating Classics in Belfast

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson On Friday 9th February 2018, Legion XX pitched camp at the Ulster Museum where a whole day of activities was planned for young people aged 6-18. The day started very early (8am!) when BBC Radio Ulster Breakfast did a live broadcast from the venue. Dr John Curran and Helen McVeigh our ACE [...]

Battle Strategy and the Great Roman Bake-Off in Exeter

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson On Saturday 3rd February, our partners at the University of Exeter hosted a whole day of Classical activities. Some participants had travelled from 80 miles away and had taken two busses and a train in order to attend. The day started with an introduction from Dr Sharon Marshall, a member of the [...]

Walking in the Footsteps of the Romans in Bath

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson On Monday 29th January 2018, our Bristol partners hosted their ACE event in the Roman Baths at Bath. They invited a number of decision-makers in education to attend the evening event, including chief executives of multi-academy trusts in the South West, headteachers, teachers and policy makers. The evening started with an overview [...]

Leeds ACE Event

By Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson Our partners in Leeds provided a range of engaging Classics activities for teachers and students on a wet Wednesday in dark December. Participants had travelled from schools across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Humberside and Lancashire. Postgraduate Maria Haley describe d how she became a PhD student in Classics having been educated at a state school [...]

Celebrating Classics in Kent

By Prof. Edith Hall Welcome to the Inaugural Blog from the ACE project! On Saturday 30th September we held our equally Inaugural first Public Partnership Event at Kent University’s lovely campus in Canterbury. Hosted by Dr Rosie Wyles, and attended by teachers and secondary-level students from all over the county, the entertainments on offer included [...]

The people behind the campaign

By Prof. Edith Hall The people behind the campaign, who first got together in a meeting organised by the sister project Classics and Class in November 2015.Eddie Barnett, Simon Beasley, Caroline Bristow, Richard Alston, Mike Trapp, Edith Hall Pavlos Avlamis, Aisha Khan-Evans, Eddie Barnett, Matthew Aaron Fox, Simon Beasley, Mai Musie, Emma Bridges, Arlene Holmes-Henderson, [...]