Regional Hubs

Leicester

Leicester Classics Network in partnership with Classics for All

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is working in partnership with Classics for All to promote the study of the classical world. Our students and staff are supporting the introduction of classical subjects in state schools where there is no current provision, as well as providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on our cutting-edge research in classical archaeology and ancient history. Currently, we are working with more than 20 schools in Leicester and beyond. More than 1,000 pupils in Leicester schools will study Classics on the curriculum for the first time in 2019.

What we offer

  • Support and training for the introduction of Classical Civilisation, Latin and Greek within and alongside the curriculum (KS2/5)
  • Campus-based and classroom sessions and resources to complement a wide range of subjects in the national curriculum
  • Resources and support for extracurricular activities and clubs
  • CPD (KS2/5) and mentoring for teachers
  • Taster sessions (KS2/5)
  • Academic consultancy
  • Support for grant applications to CfA for teacher training in Latin and/or Greek

Content of sessions

  • KS2/3 campus-based and extracurricular sessions combine Latin and archaeology to investigate the people and objects of Ratae Corieltavorum (Leicester). Topics include: Curse Tablets; Slaves, and Arms and Weapons.
  • Sessions for KS4/5 pupils can cover a range of topics from areas across the curriculum to encourage ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and critical engagement with different sources of knowledge. Topics address: the use and abuse of evidence (this can provide support for taught skills in EPQ); personal freedom; encountering authority; ancient diversity; making your mark: establishing identity.

All activities and resources include a range of practical activities which enable pupils to engage with our research on topics such as: individual and group identities; social inequality; settlement; conflict; migration; multilingualism; daily life, art and society. Emphasis is placed on the culturally plural nature of the Roman world, introducing Latin in the context of life in Roman Leicester. By basing the activities on local contexts we demonstrate the relevance of the classical world in contemporary life to all pupils. Our activities and resources include information on how pupils can become involved in and gain access to local projects, through participation in Young Archaeologists Club and visits to sites such as Jewry Wall and Market Harborough Museum to encourage life-long engagement in the local community and its history.

Resources and activities for teachers and pupils

Life in the Roman World

On 21st November 2018, the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester launched a new book on the archaeology of Roman Leicester. Through a combination of narrative and new archaeological research Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester by Giacomo Savani, Sarah Scott and Mathew Morris (https://shop.le.ac.uk/product-catalogue/books-and-gifts/leicester-archaeology-monographs/roman-leicester) explores the nature of everyday life under the Romans. Based on the world-class research of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History (SAAH), the excavations and publications of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), and objects at the Jewry Wall Museum and the Harborough Museum, it examines topics which still concern us today, such as conflict, social inequality, multiculturalism, migration, diet, disease and death. Inspired by recent archaeological discoveries in Leicester, the narrative imagines the experiences and responses of ordinary people living in the town through four centuries of Roman rule. Leicester is examined in detail because it is one of the most excavated urban centres in Britain, and the range of evidence shows us that it was a vibrant multicultural centre from its earliest phases. Caroline Lawrence, best known for The Roman Mysteries series of historical novels for children, has described the book as ‘truly inspirational’.

The book is aimed at KS3-5 (11 to 18 years) and is linked to a new resource for teachers entitled Life in the Roman World: Ratae Corieltavorum (Roman Leicester) which includes session plans, activities and worksheets, as well as introducing Latin in the context of the archaeology of Roman Leicester. The resources are available for free download from our website (https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/outreach/for-teachers/teaching-resources)

With the support of Classics for All and University of Leicester Research Impact Funding, 2,000 free copies will be distributed to schools in Leicestershire.

Artefact to Art

To coincide with the launch of the new book and classroom resource, we have launched our second Artefact to Art Competition. This year, we are inviting creative responses to ancient artefacts around a specific theme – Roman Britain. We will be accepting entries in the following categories:

  • Visual art
  • Poetry (no more than 100 lines – this category includes spoken word, hip hop poetry, and rap)
  • Short stories (no more than 1,000 words)

The competition is organised into three age groups: under 11; 11-14; and 15-18. Winners in each category will get the chance to attend a creative masterclass with a leading professional artist, poet or author as appropriate. The closing date is 22 March 2019. To find out more, visit our competition website: https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/outreach/artefact-to-art 

If you would like to find out more about the Leicester Classics Hub, or arrange a taster session, please contact us at acc-cori@le.ac.uk

For further information visit:

Leicester Classics Hub https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/outreach/classics

Free resources for teachers https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/outreach/for-teachers/teaching-resources

Artefact to Art https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/outreach/artefact-to-art

University of Leicester Archaeological Services https://www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/discoveries

Information

Lead contact:
Jane Ainsworth, acc-cori@le.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Scott, Associate Professor, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester (sas11@le.ac.uk)

Hub website:
https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/outreach

Twitter:
@ArchAncHistLeic