News from the Ancient History & Archaeology Society

AHAS president Jo Instone-Brewer's round up of this year's events
News from the Ancient History & Archaeology Society

This year's AHAS committee

2018/19 has been a busy year for the Ancient History and Archaeology Society (AHAS) at University of Leicester, and had helped make some waves across campus! This year our main focus was connecting people across subjects with a shared interest in ancient history and archaeology so we could explore some of Leicester’s long and rich past together.

AHAS Fieldwalking
AHAS goes fieldwalking
We have taken people to visit various heritage sites across the city as part of the Heritage Sundays scheme put on by the city council, visited the Newarke Houses and New Walk Museums, gone fieldwalking with the Oadby and Wigston Fieldworkers, and visited the excavations down at the waterfront being conducted by ULAS. We even ventured outside of Leicester down to London with students of Ancient History, Archaeology, History and History of Art to visit the British Museum and the wonderful Celtic Art exhibition in the British Library. Recently we celebrated the society and the end of the academic year with a Ball held at the Belmont Hotel; it was lovely to see so many of our members there, and we all had a great time.

I think I can speak for most of us, however, when I state that our proudest moment as a society was aiding in the departmental protest for International Women’s Day for the renaming of the building after the inspirational archaeologist and ancient historian Dame Kathleen Kenyon. Members of the society and staff of the department collaborated on a beautiful banner to hang at the front of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, and dozens of people gathered in the foyer to join in the celebrations of female achievement in our fields. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive, and we were excited to be part of the planning process for this ‘takeover’.

AHAS Open Day
AHAS students help out at Open Days
As president of the society this year I couldn’t be happier with the engagement we’ve received and the opportunities we’ve been able to provide for our members and the university. We have represented the school at every Open Day this year, the last one being June 8th, which would not have been possible without the love for our subjects and the dedication of our members to help as volunteers, so I am very grateful for everyone’s contributions. I am certain that next year is going to be even bigger and better than this one, and I can’t wait to get started.

Jo Instone-Brewer, President of the Ancient History and Archaeology Society

AHAS Summer Ball 2019

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