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Welcome to the website of the Manchester and District Branch of the Classical Association, a charity dedicated to furthering engagement with all areas of Classics and Ancient History in the local area. Here you can find information about the Manchester CA and Manchester Classics for All along with details of the many events and activities we run every year, including:

  • Our regular Public Lecture series, in which we invite academics from universities all over the country to give a talk on some area of Classics and Ancient History to a public audience. Among these is our annual Whitehead Lecture, at which we announce the winner(s) of the Whitehead Prize. Previous talks have ranged from Alexander the Great to Epigraphy in Liverpool and from Greek Philosophy to the reception of Classical figures in modern times. If you wish to receive updates on these lectures please sign up to our mailing list.

    Athena's Owls spell tablets

    Some of our Owls’ spell tablets from our Magic workshop in May

  • Monthly Athena’s Owls workshops (currently held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in Didsbury Library). Each session involves a mythological story and a craft activity through which the children attending can learn a little about the ancient world and have something to take home at the end of the session – previous projects have involved making mosaics, Roman helmets and sandals, Latin spell tablets, and designing a display of Greek vases.
  • Our A-Level study day, a chance for A Level students of Classics, Classical Civilisations, and Ancient History to hear a range of university-style lectures on subjects covered in the A Level syllabus.
  • Our Latin and Greek Reading Competition, held each year in a different school, which invites secondary school students to perform a text in translation, in Greek, or in Latin.

See our calendar below for upcoming events. We are always very keen to have new members and attendees at our events and to branch out in our events, so for more information on membership please see the relevant page or for any queries email Kat at katharine.mawford@manchester.ac.uk.


Helen King presenting the Whitehead Lecture in 2019

Helen King presenting the Whitehead Lecture in 2019

Congratulations to Jessica Coatesworth, winner of the 2018-19 Whitehead prize.

The Manchester Classics for All project is now inviting further requests from local schools for Latin or Classics sessions or courses, and further offers of teaching from those interested in leading such sessions/courses. For details, see our Classics for All page.

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For details on events organised by other local branches of the Classical Association, please see the calendar of events.

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