Event gives pupils insight into studying Classics

Pupils from five schools in Swansea have gained an insight into studying Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology at Swansea University when they came to a schools day held by the College of Arts and Humanities.

Inside constellation domeSeventy five GCSE and A-level students from Ffynone House, Bishop Vaughan School, Bishopston School, St Michael’s School, Llanelli, and Castle School Pembrokeshire came to the Singleton Campus to hear talks and take part in workshops covering subjects such as:-

  • Practical daemon-keeping in ancient Egypt
  • Death and destruction at Pompeii
  • Roman roads and forts in the wild west of Wales

The pupils also had the opportunity to visit the Richard Burton Archives, the Egypt Centre and experience the Ancient Astronomy Dome – an inflatable dome with the ancient Greek constellations projected inside.

Socrates statue

The Department of History and Classics at the College of Arts and Humanities organised the day as part of an outreach programme, to broaden access to Classics and to encourage students to consider studying it at degree level.

Dr Evelien Bracke said: “History and Classics staff are not only leading scholars in their field but also committed to teaching and public engagement. We hope that their enthusiasm has inspired some students here today to continue studying this fascinating subject at University.”