A really successful day at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion today, opening our doors to pupils from Cathays High School. A big thanks to our volunteers, Dr Jenny Benham for her really fun lecture on Medieval outlawry for making the day happen.
Take a look at our storify for more photos and comments from an exciting and educational day:
The postgraduate coordinator team got together to plan the upcoming return visits yesterday. Considering how many of us were up through the night watching the election coverage, it was a great meeting, with lots of ideas being put forward. The sessions will be a mix of pre-existing and new materials, adapted to reflect the workshops that have been delivered to the schools in question. In keeping with the successes of the project this year, these return visits are going to be bigger and better than ever!
The return visits are a series of reciprocal trips, whereby classes or mixtures of classes that we have previously delivered to come to the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. The aim is to further build the relationship between those school pupils that we have already seen and the project team, in doing so providing some valuable early access to the world of university research, resources and life.
We had a very exciting and busy week last week, hosting return visits by pupils from Mountain Ash Comprehensive, Blaengwawr High and Cathays High. In a packed schedule they had tours of the department’s archaeology and conservation labs, of the special historic book collection SCOLAR, and interactive Medieval, Roman and Nineteenth Century sessions, as well as academic roadshows. In addition, each school also got a fantastic interactive talk from a different member of the faculty: our great thanks to Drs. Kate Gilliver, Jenny Benham and Muhammad Mansour Ali who lectured on decimation in the Roman army, Medieval outlawry and Qur’anic studies.
Thanks also to Chris Parry, Anna Field, Maria Healy and Luca Hoare for your fantastic help assisting with sessions and leading groups of school children around. A special well done for not losing any of them!
Postgraduate coordinator Melissa Julian-Jones has a great write up, concentrating on her development of the Medieval session. She has some great images of stuff produced by the visiting school pupils and information about a great game that you can play at home or with your friends (or frenemies) based on a genuine Medieval game.
I’ll get some more images up as soon as some permissions are sorted out. We have just one more return visit, with pupils from Fitzalan High School, next month to round out a fantastic year. Our side jobs (the project is run entirely by students at Cardiff University with fulltime work to be getting on with) won’t end there though as you can see us getting involved with various public and schools engagement projects throughout the summer. Information on these will be posted nearer the time.
Today members of the SHARE with Schools team ran the School of History, Archaeology and Religion’s (SHARE) pupil sessions for the Future Scholars Award event at Cardiff University today. These are events designed to typically provide, amongst other things: (more…)