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    Bringing the classical world to life through our outreach programmes

Our Outreach programmes

The Classics is a fascinating world which we want to make as accessible as possible to all. Offering programmes for schools, welcoming people to the Ure Museum and giving outreach talks, we are active in the community and the knowledge economy.

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engagement for schools

Helping children and young adults to get involved in and enthused about the Classics is very important both for their own understanding of world history and the preservation of the discipline. This is why we run a variety of programmes which seek to engage with schools.

We run the Reading Ancient Schoolroom, which is a project to enable modern students to find out first-hand what the ancient world was really like by attending a re-created ancient school. Staff and lecturers from the Department run the day, in character as Roman teachers. Find out more about the ancient schoolroom, or contact Professor Eleanor Dickey to make an enquiry.

"We replicate an ancient classroom within the Classics Department, dress in Roman costumes and use replica ancient writing materials such as wax tablets and styluses. This was a really fun and interesting experience, learning how education has changed over time, and engaging children with the ancient world."

Rebeca Bird-Lima

BA Ancient History

We are also involved in two schemes - 'Literacy through Latin' and the 'Minimus' Scheme - which offer our students the opportunity to teach Latin to primary school children. The goal is to support and enhance Key Stage 2 curriculum strategies across subjects, particularly focusing on literacy and linguistic skills. The courses are designed to be fun and engaging as well as intellectually challenging.

In addition we are part of the Students in Schools scheme which has been thriving for over 20 years. Students from the University volunteer alongside teachers in local schools with the aim of raising the aspirations of school pupils and encouraging them to continue into higher education.

Outreach talks

Lecturers from the Department of Classics are happy to give talks to local schools on A-level topics or other areas such as: the Odyssey, Greek animal sacrifice, Greek gods, Greek comedy, Alexander the Great, the Persian wars, Plutarch, women in antiquity, ancient philosophy, Latin love poetry, ancient India, the Roman empire and Athenian weddings.

This is just a selection of the topics we are able to cover - for more information please contact us.

Free online courses

We have developed a free online course that enables you to explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, guided by University of Reading expert, Dr Matthew Nicholls. Register your interest for the course here.

Community engagement in the Ure Museum

We are keen to work with the wider community to engage the public with the classical world and to share knowledge.

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, situated within the Classics Department, is free and open to the public five days a week during term-time (please check the museum's website for opening times). Every year the museum welcomes thousands of pupils from Key Stage 2 and above, as well as researchers and members of the public. The museum offers opportunities for engagement with an array of fascinating artefacts from the ancient world, and provides talks from world-leading experts.

Get involved

Get in touch to find out more about the work we do with the wider community, and how you can get involved.

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