The WCN has been awarded £500 for the Warwick Public Engagement Fund to develop its project #AskAnAcademic. This is a video resource in which Warwick Classics academics will answer questions sent in by schools relating to the Ancient History and Classical Civilisation GCSE and A-level curricula. In addition, these videos will allow our WCN academics to talk about their latest research and to promote their work to the wider public. A new video will be posted every month.
Coventry: A City of Cultures
The WCN have also been awarded £2000 for the project 'Coventry: A City of Cultures' from GRP Connecting Cultures, at the University of Warwick We are especially excited by this project, as it will involve collaboration between the Dept of Classics and Ancient History here at Warwick and academics from the Coventry University, along with the Herbert Museum and Gallery in Coventry, Lunt Fort Roman site, and local Coventry schools. In this project, we will look at the role played by the meeting of cultures in the development of Coventry, creating a teaching resource online for future use, with our events culminating in public talks at the Herbert Gallery in July 2019. More information to come soon.
Sutton Trust Summer School 2019
The WCN is involved in the organisation of this year's Sutton Trust Summer School here at Warwick. We have created an exciting course for interested pupils working together with the departments of History of Art and Film and TV. We will examine how Classics has been a constant theme throughout art history, and how classics is used in modern film and TV media. We will be discussing especially the themes of spectacle and the body.
Warwick Arts Festival
We at the WCN are currently working on the development of a Warwick Arts Festival, a collaborative project between departments across the University, and a very exciting prospect which we will bring you more information on soon - so watch this space!
Working with Local Schools
The WCN are currently working together with the charity Classics for All ito help introduce Classics to a number of our local schools.
Since December 2018 we have been developing a series of enrichment sessions for Lawrence Sheriff School in Coventry. We will be producing a number of short courses which will then be made available online for more general use.
In addition, we have recently begun work schools in the Futures Trust in Coventry. Since the end of 2018 we have been working together with President kennedy School to help create an after-school Classics club. President Kennedy School are very excited about learning some Ancient Greek, so we will keep you informed on how things develop. We are also helping Stoke Park School to introduce Classics and Latin across the board, including the introductory Cambridge Latin Course and Minimus. We are looking to work further with the Trust to help introduce Classics at KS2 and KS3, developing curriculum in English, History, and MFL, and to get latin into Primary Schools across the region. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr Paul Grigsby at paul dot grigsby at warwick dot ac dot uk
We have also been busy sending out our VR headsets to local schools. Recently, our Athens VR has been used at Solihull Sixth Form open day to inspire potential classicists, and they will be inspiring pupils at Spalding High School open day later this month.
Classics for All
As well as working with Classics for All in the introduction of Classics into the schools of our region, here at the WCN we are busy developing new Ancient History GCSE and A-Level resources which we will be hosting on our WCN website. This is a very exciting project involving some of our WCN teachers and academics here at Warwick. In addition, we will be helping WCN develop more resources for KS2 and KS3.