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:
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.
CAER Heritage Project, a joint project between Cardiff University and the local community, are launching a series of Heritage Walking Trails around Ely & Caerau this Saturday (3rd May 2014). Two of the schools SHARE with Schools work with, Glyn Derw High School and Michaelston College, have helped to develop these trails.
The launch will see all four new heritage walks setting off at the same time at 11:00 (11am), meeting back up for a heritage fair on top of the Iron Age hill fort (if you didn’t know Cardiff had an Iron Age hillfort, have a look at the link below!). Some members of SHARE with Schools will be there to run some activities and are looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new.
Undergraduate volunteer Beth gets some eager responses to her questions about the medieval social orders
The class learn about medieval illuminated manuscripts
Some photos from our recent trip to Willows High School in Tremorfa, Cardiff, where we delivered our medieval and 19th century workshops. It was our first ever trip to Willows. We were delighted with some of the responses given and work that the groups produced, and especially impressed that the pupils stayed engaged with us for the two hours, each class having both workshops without a break. We look forwards to our second trip to the School, where we will be running our Romans workshop for the day.
I’ve been promised some more photos from the day and will get them up as soon as they are provided.