Community engagement

We are proud to support the study of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology in schools, and in the wider community. Our students play a key part in this work.

Our outreach activities bring enriching and empowering contact with the wider student body, local schools, and audiences worldwide.

Mamucium is our student journal of classics, ancient history, and archaeology. Look out for copies when you visit our department.

We support Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology in local schools. We are developing three projects in this area.

Classics for All

The mission of Manchester Classics for All (the Manchester Classics hub) is to introduce Latin and Classics generally on a sustainable basis to state schools, primary and secondary, throughout the North West.

Since its launch, the hub has supported more than 20 schools in establishing Latin clubs and classes and in training their teachers: to date, we have reached altogether more than 1,000 students.

We believe that Latin and Classics are fun, inspiring and empowering subjects that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, both for the help that they give with literacy and communication in English, the learning of modern foreign languages, and the understanding and mastery of scientific terminology - and for their own sake. We provide:

  • continuous and specialist support for new teachers;
  • CPD and additional training for teachers looking to develop their Latin teaching;
  • one-off workshops and enrichment sessions lead by UoM students;
  • training and placements for UoM students considering a career in teaching;
  • training for schoolteachers of other subjects to run classes in Latin and Classics from Year 3 to Year 13 (KS2-KS5).

Our aim now is to consolidate and keep growing our network of schools and teachers across the region involved in Latin/Classics classes, at all levels from primary school children to sixth-formers.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the hub coordinator, Jessica Coatesworth.

This scheme is run in partnership with the local branch of the Classical Association and is funded mainly by the national charity Classics for All, with contributions also from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures especially its Outreach and Widening Participation Office.

From Prehistory to Primary Schools

Archaeology has the potential to engage and positively impact local communities: recognition of this has led to the introduction of archaeology, and prehistory more specifically, into the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

However, many primary level teachers told us that they feel under-equipped to teach prehistory, as current resources are limited.

This project was established to take the expertise and cutting-edge prehistoric research produced by The University of Manchester, and formulate a suite of resources that would allow any Key Stage 2 teacher to produce teaching on the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age that is accurate, detailed, exciting, engaging and based on current archaeological knowledge. The project members (Dr Nick Overton, Dr John Piprani, Dr Hannah Cobb and Dr Elizabeth Healey), working closely with other archaeologists from the University, have developed resource packs that include:

  • a digestible guide for teachers;
  • a four-page graphic novelette setting some of the key themes of the period into a narrative (produced by artist and graphic novelist Tony Pickering);
  • a collection of experimentally produced and 3D-printed replica artefacts;
  • a suite of digital resources and classroom activities designed to connect with key themes of each period identified within the period guide, the graphic novelette and the artefacts.

To request a resource pack for your school, please contact Dr Nick Overton. You can also download the materials via the Prehistory to Primaries website

Languages XP

Latin and Greek are among the languages offered to local primary and secondary schools in a scheme of taster sessions called Languages XP.

A university student appropriately trained and prepared visits the school for an introductory session to meet school teachers and pupils and to design the short programme, and then leads usually four sessions on agreed topics.