Excursions, Workshops and Social Events

Leicester boasts many interesting sites and we hope to take you to some of them during your time at the CA Conference.
  • Throne Room v1, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • Bosworth scene, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • Grave site, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • Reproduction skeleton, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • Throne room, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • Reconstructed head of Richard III, copyright and image courtesy of Richard III Visitors Centre, Leicester
  • KRIII Statue + Visitor Centre (image courtesy of Leicestershire Promotions)
  • Bradgate Park (image courtesy of Leicestershire Promotions)
  • Framework-2, copyright N. K. Rollason

Bus iconListed below are the excursions we have arranged for you to visit. We are also offering a number of workshops during the conference, along with other events. Excursions and workshops will be available to book when conference booking opens on 15th January. Please note that a limit on numbers applies for excursions, workshops and talks, so book early to avoid disappointment!


Click on the name to find out more information about the attractions (external websites). Times are approximate.

1.30-4.30pm Saturday 7th April:

1.15-4pm Sunday 8th April:


Plenary and Guest Lectures

Friday 6th April:

  • Plenary lecture by Professor John Matthews (Yale): ‘Expressing the self: Classical and post-Classical autobiography’ (5-6pm).

Saturday 7th April:

  • Guest lecture by Professor Clive Ruggles (Leicester): ‘Ancient Greek Views of the Cosmos: The Tangible Heritage’ (4.30-5.15pm).
  • Guest lecture by Nick Cooper (ULAS): ‘New Light on Roman Leicester: Recent Excavations in Ratae Corieltauvorum’ (4.30-5.15pm).
  • Seminar by Marco Michele Acquafredda (Project Editor, Classical Studies, De Gruyter): 'Publishing at De Gruyter: An Old Story of New Trends' (5.15-6.15pm).

Sunday 8th April:

  • Presidential address by Dr Rowan Williams: ‘Jerusalem, Rome and Llantwit Major: Roman and other identities in Post-Roman Britain’ (4.45-5.45pm).
  • Association Dinner talk by Caroline Lawrence (author of The Roman Mysteries): 'Classics Beyond Academia' (10.15pm).


Workshops and Pedagogical Talks

Saturday 7th April:

  • 'Vase Animation in Outreach' workshop: Sonya Nevin will introduce the ‘Panoply Vase Animation’ project, and explore how animations of Attic painted pottery can be used for teaching and learning at all levels (11.30-1pm).
  • Poetry in Performance: Dan Simpson, poetry judge of the Artefact to Art competition and previously the poet-in-residence at the Roman Museum Canterbury, will discuss how classical antiquity has inspired his work, and explore the dynamics of poetry as performance. The workshop will be supplemented by readings from Minerva, a new journal for literary and especially poetic translations of the classics (2-4pm).

Sunday 8th April:

  • 'Inhabiting Greek Tragedy: Channelling your Inner Medea (or Jason)' workshop: Laura Martin-Simpson from Blazon Theatre will deliver a drama workshop centred around Greek tragedy, exploring how these stories can inspire students and communities to reflect on their own lives (9-11am).
  • CUCD and CATB Latin Pedagogy Workshop 'Enlivening Latin Pedagogy in Practice': Steven Hunt (Cambridge) and Mair Lloyd (Open University) with a number of Latin teachers will demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques, games and activities that promote active use of Latin (9-11am).
  • 'Teaching Classical Languages' talk: John Taylor (Manchester), the author of widely used textbooks for teaching Latin at GCSE, will survey language teaching with opportunities for discussion and questions (11.30-1pm).
  • Teaching Classics through Comics: Laura Jenkinson of Greek Myth Comix will provide a practical session demonstrating how comics and mythology can be used in teaching and learning practice (11.30-1pm).
  • 'The Speeches of Cicero: Bringing Research into Teaching': Extracts of Lynn Fotheringham's (Nottingham) detailed syntactic analysis of the Pro Milone relevant to the AS and A2-Level OCR Latin syllabus were made available free on-line in 2016. Her talk will discuss how she has used the results in her own teaching at university level and welcomes feedback from teachers who have used or might use the resources available on-line (2-4pm).


Outreach events

For further details, see Artefact to Art page.

  • Artefact to Art Book launch, prize-giving, and poetry reading. (5-6pm, Saturday 7th April).
  • Artefact to Art Exhibition (open throughout the conference).
  • Schools’ Essay Competition Display (open throughout the conference).


Social events

During the conference the Marquis Wellington pub on London Road will be offering a 10% discount to delegates (upon production of a genuine conference name tag).

Friday 6th April

  • Opening night reception, sponsored by CUP (from 6.15pm).

Saturday 7th April

  • Reception (from 6.15pm).
  • WCC UK Social event at the Marquis Wellington (from 8pm).
  • Conference Disco, sponsored by De Gruyter, at the Marquis Wellington (from 9pm).

Sunday 8th April

  • Reception (from 6.00pm)
  • Conference dinner held at the National Space Centre. Delegates who have pre-booked will able to explore the the exhibits upon arrival and during the dinner, after which author Caroline Lawrence will give a brief talk (first coaches arrive at 7.20pm). Dress code: smart casual.

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Contact Details

Professor Graham Shipley (Conference Chair)
Dr Nikki Rollason (Conference Administrator)

School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University of Leicester
University Road

Email: ca2018@le.ac.uk

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Conference Information

The CA2018 is a family-friendly conference. A child-friendly room will be available on-campus throughout the conference with facilities for baby-changing and a soft play area. Please be aware however, that we cannot supervise children and a parent or guardian must be present. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children at all times during the conference. If required, there is also a dedicated room for breastfeeding and pumping milk.

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Important Dates

Conference booking closes:
2 April 2018

Late booking fee applies after:
28th February 2018

Conference booking opens:
15 January 2018

Accessibility Information

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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has detailed accessibility guides for the Buildings on and off campus, including the main conference venues: Charles Wilson Building, Attenborough Tower and Seminar Block and Peter Williams Lecture Theatre in the Fielding Johnson Building.