ACE at King’s College London Teachers’ Day

By Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson On 19th June 2018, King’s College London hosted a subject enrichment day for teachers of Classics. The theme for the day was the learning and teaching of Classics using archaeological sites and material culture. The event was superbly organised by Dr Emily Pillinger. The morning included a visit to London's Mithraeum and [...]

Outreach as Activism: ACE at the Women’s Classical Committee

By Marcus Bell On the 18th April, ACE was invited to be a part of the Women’s Classical Committee’s Annual General Meeting. ACE’s Public Impact Researcher, Marcus Bell, represented the Project on a Panel focusing on Outreach as Activism. The day itself was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how Classics can productively make a [...]

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 [...]