Who we are

Volunteers

We are lucky to have over 30 volunteers helping us across the country. Many of these volunteers are former and current classicists who are passionate about the subject.

If you would like to discuss ways in which you can volunteer for CfA, or for more information about our work, please contact Jules on 07809 256839 or send an email to jules@classicsforall.org.uk

Aisha Farr

‘I was really lucky to have Greek and Latin offered at my own state school, and quickly became aware of how rare that is. I involved myself with CfA to support their efforts in bringing these subjects to a wider group of young people, something which is as good for the future of classics as it is for every individual student’s horizon.

‘I’m finishing an MA in classics; I teach beginners Greek at a sixth form college; and am about to do a year of drawing.’

Jonathan Griffiths

‘I’m a recently graduated Masters’ student in classics from Brasenose College, University of Oxford. I joined Classics for All last year in order to help publicise the richness, the satisfaction and the enormous fun that an education in classics can bring to young people of all backgrounds across the country.

‘There’s nothing intrinsically elitist, wealth-dependent or backward about being able to question and understand the formation of modern civilised society as we know it, which is what classics guarantees. Every school pupil in the UK deserves a chance to study it! CFA is the best organisation to help further this aim.’

Catherine Lee-Millais

‘I am currently completing my masters in ancient history at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, with my thesis focussing on “The Spatial Turn” and the role of “horti” in reconstructing Roman identity at the beginning of the principate.

‘I am interested in the bodily experience of movement throughout Rome, especially since I think this kind of study is a useful and engaging way to get younger students interested in Rome.

‘I wanted to volunteer for CfA because I have been lucky enough to discover the fantastic cultural and educational benefits of studying the many facets of the ancient world, and I wanted to use my enthusiasm for this so others could also benefit.’

Fleur Macdonald

‘I really fell in love with Latin when I read Book IV of the Aeneid and the doomed love affair between Aeneas and Dido. Everyone should have a chance to read it at school.’

Grace Maturi

I studied A-Level classics and GCSE Latin at sixth form. I really enjoyed both these courses and they inspired me to further my study in this area by pursuing a degree in classical studies at the University of St Andrews. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study these subjects at school and I want others to be able to have the same opportunities that I did which might also inspire them to take up further study of the subject.

I think CfA do a fantastic job in making classical studies, Greek and Latin accessible to students of all backgrounds and I am proud to be a part of this init

Will McCabe

Although I only studied classics up until A-level, my interest in the subject has always stuck.

My favourite aspect of classics is its combination of arich ancient history, fantastic mythological tales and an intricate language system, which provides students with a great insight into a different civilisation and trains them to think logically.

I believe that classics would benefit everyone, which was why I decided to volunteer for Classics for All.

Jacob Robinson

I was originally accepted into Queens’s University Belfast to study medicine, but knew my heart lay with ancient history after developing a passion for the ancient world throughout school.

I enquired about switching my course the week before Fresher’s week, and amazingly they let me! I had a fantastic three years of study there, and considered pursuing it further before getting a job as a management consultant with PwC.

I’m delighted to have a chance to exercise my passion for classics as a volunteer for CfA, and my role at PwC has allowed me to get involved with CfA in a way I never thought possible. It’s a real pleasure to be able to contribute to the work CfA does, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for it.

Sarah Rowley

Sarah works in corporate relations and brand reputation. A keen linguist, Sarah studied Classics and French at Oxford and her love of the subject continues to flourish; so much so that she set up @LatinRocksON, translating popular song lyrics into Latin “and why not?”

Catherine Spankie

My own state school did not offer classical subjects, but I always loved the classical elements in my English Literature and History lessons. I was very happy to be offered a place on the Classical Studies course at the University of Bristol and graduated with First Class Honours in 2014.

My specific area of interest lies in Roman architecture and sculpture, and I one day hope to complete a postgraduate degree in the field of Classical Archaeology.

I began volunteering for Classics for All because I would have loved the chance to study Classics at school myself and believe that every student should have the opportunity to study this rich and inspiring subject, irrespective of social background. I am extremely proud to be involved in an organisation with this vision.

John Whitehead

I love a good story. This is probably why I chose to study history at King’s College London and no doubt why, halfway through my degree, I found myself gravitating away from the history department and towards the classics’ wing of the university. Why did I do this?

Well, because that was where all the good stories were kept. The gaps in our knowledge of classical history have allowed for a rich historical debate (as well as some great fictional novels!).

My school did offer Latin and Greek, but I was foolish enough not to take them up on the opportunity. This was a big mistake.

Look around you and you see Rome and Greece everywhere. I don’t just mean in the physical ruins of some rich family who lived in Gloucestershire in the third century. What I mean, is that in large part our politics, our language, the food we eat and the people we love are all the result of Roman philosophy, linguistics, taste and migration. In our own way, we are all the descendants of Rome.

To lose this understanding of where we come from, or to continue to limit it to a few elite schools, damages our society. This is why I support CFA and this is why I think you should as well.