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Welcome to the website of the Manchester and District Branch of the Classical Association, first set up in November 1904.

We are a volunteer-run association which brings together researchers, teachers, students, pupils and the interested public, to share our enthusiasm for the classical world and its relevance in a 21st century global and diverse world.

We host regular public lectures, student workshops, teacher training support sessions and materials, and children’s events and competitions.

A glimpse into what we offer:

Our regular Public Lecture series, where international and national speakers give a broad range of talks. 2021-2022 events are currently held online. Recent lectures have explored disability in Ancient Rome, issues of decolonisation in UK museums, race and ethnicity, the reception of ancient monsters in the modern world, and the illicit trade of manuscripts, to name a just a few!

Monthly Athena’s Owls workshops and story competitions for children. 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.

School events, among which our A-Level study day and our Latin and Greek Reading Competition. We also offer workshops and CPDs for the students of the universities across Manchester and beyond.

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.

Check out our YouTube channel, and follow us on Twitter (@Manchester_CA) and Facebook (@ManchesterClassicalAssociation)

We look forward to welcoming you!

Athena's Owls spell tablets
Some of our Owls’ spell tablets from our Magic workshop

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