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Coventry: A City of Cultures

In January 2019 the WCN were 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 University and academics from the Coventry University, along with the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, Lunt Fort Roman site, and local Coventry schools.

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Reconstructed east gateway of Lunt Roman Fort at modern day Bagngton, Coventry

In this project, we will look at the role played by the meeting of cultures in the development of Coventry, from Roman times with the building of Lunt Fort, and through the Anglo-Saxon period to the foundation of modern day Coventry.

Academics from Warwick and Coventry Univerities will lead sessions on local history with schoolchildren from Coventry, including visits to Lunt Roman Fort and the exhibitions of Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. In addition, the school children will help create an online resource of videos on the earlier history of Coventry, and their work will be included in dsiplays at the museum and at a public talk at the Herbert Gallery in July 2019.

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Roman ring found at Lunt Fort, decorated with a palm leaf, the symbol of victory

We are hoping to involve schools from the Futures Trust in Coventry in this scheme. WCN is also planning to use this event and the resources and links created to build up a lasting and growing relationship with local schools. WCN will host the resources on its website, and create a space for local pupils to post content. We aim to make these resources available to schools in the local area for teaching purposes, and to help establish ongoing connections between the universities, Coventry schools, and cultural institutions like the Herbert Gallery.

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Hanging bowl dating from 500-800AD, used as a cremation vessel at Bagington Cemetary.

Above all, we hope to create a greater knowledge and appreciation of Coventry as an exciting and vibrant meeting place of cultures, especially in the run up to Coventry City of Culture 2021.

For more details, or to get involved, please email Dr Paul Grigsby at paul dot grigsby at warwick dot ac dot uk

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