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Public Engagement and Outreach to Schools

I am very happy to visit schools, U3A associations, branches of the Classical Association, and other public groups in order to present lectures on topics of interest. I have three main areas to offer - Augustus and the early Principate; Pompeii and Herculaneum; Latin inscriptions and Roman social history. The list below shows the range of lectures given recently. Not all of my publications are aimed at a professional scholarly audience: I have published several articles in Omnibus, the JACT magazine for school students, as well as an article in the German popular archaeological magazine, Antike Welt, and the BBC History Magazine, and have been a contributor to LACTOR sourcebooks on The Age of Augustus and Tiberius to Nero. The sourcebook (jointly written with MGL Cooley) published in 2004, Pompeii, has been successfully integrated into school and college curricula in the UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand, and this has been superseded by a second edition that now includes source material from Herculaneum as well. In addition, my AHRC project, Facilitating Access to Latin Inscriptions (ASHLI), aims to introduce the public to Latin inscriptions via the collection in the Ashmolean Museum.

Publications for schools and general public

  • (2016) 'How the Great Fire revealed London's Roman past' BBC History Extra Online
  • (2016) 'Hadrian, emperor of the world' BBC History Magazine April 2016: 26-31
  • (2014) 'Die letzten Tage des Augustus', Antike Welt 4: 10-15
  • (2014) Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook (2nd edn, with M.G.L. Cooley) (Routledge: London)
  • (2013) ‘Social climbers at Herculaneum’, Omnibus 65: 19-21
  • (2011) Translation and brief commentaries on documentary sources in Tiberius to Nero, ed. M.G.L. Cooley (LACTOR 19)
  • (2011) ‘Peace at Rome? Placing Augustus’ Ara Pacis in context(s)’, Omnibus 61: 4-6
  • (2006) ‘Inscriptions’ (with G.J. Oliver) in The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, (eds) E. Bispham, T. Harrison, B. Sparkes (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh) 262-74
  • (2005) ‘Introduction’ to Tacitus Annals and Histories, trans. A.F. Church and W.J. Brodribb
    (Barnes and Noble, New York) vii-xiv
  • 2004 Pompeii: A Sourcebook (with M.G.L. Cooley) (Routledge: London)
  • (2003) ‘Ostia, Rome, and the world’, Omnibus 45: 20-21

  • (2003) Translation and brief commentaries on inscriptions in The Age of Augustus, ed. M.G.L. Cooley (LACTOR 17)

  • (2002) ‘Up Pompeii (4): The House of the Faun’ Omnibus 44: 26-28

  • (2000) ‘Up Pompeii (3): fans riot at Pompeii!’, Omnibus 40: 5-7
  • (1999) ‘Up Pompeii (2): the Forum’, Omnibus 37: 7-9
  • (1998) ‘Up Pompeii!’, Omnibus 35: 13-15

Public Engagement linked to AHRC project, ASHLI (Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean)

  • JACT Inset for teachers: 'Teaching with Ancient Artefacts' - 22 Nov 2014
  • ‘PGCE INSET: Teaching with Ancient Artefacts’. Jane Masséglia & Alison Cooley - 16 Feb 2016

  • Ashmolean Museum, British Science Week ‘Making Objects Speak: Technology and Ancient Inscriptions’ - 17 Mar 2016

  • Roman Society AGM, London: Alison Cooley 'Roman families in the Ashmolean' - 4 Jun 2016

Public Lectures

  • 03.16 Abingdon School
    Assessing Augustus, AD 14-2014

  • 12.15 Nuneaton, King Edward VI College
    ‘Assessing Augustus, AD 14-2014’

  • 03.15 Sheffield High School
    Looking at life in Pompeii through inscriptions

  • 11.14 Kenilworth Community Course: Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition
    2 lectures: The excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum; Assessing Augustus, AD 14-2014
  • 07.14 ARLT Summer School (Durham)
    Pompeii’s Forum
  • 07.14 JACT Classical Civilization and Ancient History Summer School (Repton)
    Assessing Augustus AD 14-2014
  • 03.14 Birmingham and Midlands Classical Association Sixth Form Conference (Birmingham)
    Res Gestae divi Augusti
  • 11.13 JACT AH Inset Day (Manchester)
    Res Gestae divi Augusti
  • 09.13 St Paul's School
    'City Life in Roman Italy'
  • 06.13 Three Counties Ancient History Society, Upton Snodsbury
    ‘Commemorating the Roman war dead’
  • 04.13 OCR Inset day on Pompeii & Herculaneum at the British Museum
    'From wax tablets to wine amphorae: exploring inscriptions in the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum'
  • 03.13 Roehampton Classical Association
    ‘From Royal Kingdom to Republic: the impact of politics upon the excavation of Pompeii’