Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre’s blog! The Iris Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. The Centre opened in October 2013, and a schedule of events is available on our website. The Centre is founded and run…

Bronze Age Calendars

Our Year Eight Latin classes have been making Bronze Age Advent Calendars this week! Each student was given sealed miniature envelopes which contain different artefacts from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisation. They then stuck these envelopes to some card and numbered them. The Year Eights have spent the past term learning all about the mysterious…

Exploring Two Lost Cities at the Ashmolean

On Tuesday 12th November, the Year Eight Latin classes visited the Ashmolean to explore two different ‘lost cities’. We started by taking a tour of the stunning ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ exhibition, which is at the Ashmolean until January. The exhibition includes an olive oil jar that had not been opened since the eruption in…

Numbers and Ideograms

Year Eight Latinists classes were very lucky to have been able to welcome Dr Philomen Probert to their lessons this week. Philomen is a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Oxford, and she visited the groups to show how Linear B worked and what it was used for. She…

The View from the Sewers: Food and Diet in Herculaneum

This week, Year Eight Latinists were visited by Dr Erica Rowan from Royal Holloway, University of London. Erica is an archaeobotanist, who researched the remains of plants in Herculaneum for her doctorate. Through this, she was able to find out more about what people ate and drank around the time of the eruption which buried…

East Oxford Primary at a Feast of the Gods!

Last week we invited Year Fives from East Oxford Primary to the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney to attend a feast of the gods! There were two long tables laid out with place names, menus and various items. One table, with black table cloths, represented some of the chthonic (underworld) gods and creatures, whereas the…

Seizing the Day in Pompeii: A visit from Dr Paul Roberts

This week, we were very excited to launch our first ever Rumble Museum Council. A group of 15 students from Years Eight, Nine and Ten, met for a breakfast meeting to begin their journey as students closely connected with the direction and development of the museum at Cheney School. The Museum Council will take part…

Roman Headington: Author Talk by Linda Proud, 27th September

On Friday 27th September, we are delighted to welcome author Linda Proud to the classics centre to deliver a talk on Roman Headington. Linda Proud is a historical fiction author; her novels include The Boticelli Trilogy and Chariot of the Soul. The talk will run from 6 to 6.30pm followed by questions and booksigning. We…

Ancient Monsters take over at Iris Summer School!

On the mornings of 27th, 28th and 29th August, the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney ran its fifth annual summer school! This year, it was themed on Classical Monsters, and featured a range of mythical monsters and activities alongside introductions to Latin and ancient Greek for fifty 7 to 14 year olds. Day one was…

Dionysia Fest 2019

On 21st June, 33 Year 8 Latinists visited the beautiful auditorium at Corpus Christi College to perform scenes from Ancient Greek comedies which they had chosen and adapted. Eight groups worked on scenes from Aristophanes’ Frogs, Birds, Clouds and Peace (from scripts translated and adapted by Graham Kirby), making their own props and costumes, as well as producing…