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Lytham St Annes Classical Association

The Lytham St Annes Classical Association was formed in 2014 by AKS sixth former Katrina Kelly, the youngest person to ever form a branch since the Classical Association began in 1903. This thriving local organisation is now the largest CA branch in the UK with over 350 members and is known for its friendly and informal meetings where home-made cake, second-hand books and renowned visiting authors and lecturers compete for members’ attention!

There are six lectures across the school year (advertised in the School Calendar) which take place in the AKS Senior Hall and are, by special arrangement, free of charge to AKS students. All lectures are on a Thursday evening and start at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.15pm to give everyone the opportunity to meet the lecturer and enjoy some refreshments. All raffle proceeds go towards the Association’s Classics Summer School Bursary Fund, which local students to attend the Repton classics summer school.

The lecture programme this year gets off to a brilliant start with the fantastic Dr Jerry Toner, Director of Studies in Classics at Churchill College University of Cambridge, who will visit us on the 19th September to talk about Roman slavery.

Dr Toner is an expert on Roman cultural history, especially in its non-elitist forms. In Popular Culture in Ancient Rome, for example, he examined the way in which mental health issues were expressed in a different way to those in the modern world and, in 2014, he published The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino: understanding the Roman games.

His other books include Homer’s Turk: How Classics Shaped Ideas of the East, which shows how historians and travel writers have used classical sources to help create various images of Islam and the Orient, whilst Roman Disasters covers the impact of disasters, from floods and fires to warfare and famine, on Roman life and culture.

In recent years, he has published a satirical Roman self-help book entitled Release Your Inner Roman, which introduced his alter-ego Marcus Sidonius Falx, who also helped him write a guide to Roman slavery, which will form the basis for Dr Toner's talk delivered on 19th September

Everyone is very welcome at the lectures – no previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required or expected and a warm welcome is guaranteed. The Association has a growing band of volunteers and is always appreciative of anyone wishing to join them to help run the lectures and organise events.

As well as the lectures and bursaries, the Association runs a free Latin reading group; organises the national LSA CA Classics Competition and encourages students of all ages to apply to become Classics Ambassadors. Further details of all initiatives and the Association’s latest news is available at

If you are interested in attending or supporting any of these events and would like to enjoy lectures by first class classicists and historians, then please contact the Secretary, Jayne Kelly, for further details at or simply come along to any of the lectures. Tickets costing £5 can be purchased on the night or you can join the Association for just £12 a year and £5 for students and children, but remember - all lectures are free for AKS students! You simply need to give their name and class and whether they’re at the Preparatory or Senior School to the person at the Membership Table (please wear school uniform).

This year’s programme of lectures can be seen below or may be downloaded here. We very much look forward to meeting you at the next Lytham St Annes Classical Association lecture.

2019/20 LSA CA Lectures and Competitions: 

In addition to the Thursday evening lectures, we have the following events taking place on Saturdays:

  • ​Presidential Address 2019, Saturday 9th November 2pm and 4.15pm, Professor Dame Mary Beard (please note this is a ticket-only event)
  • National Classics Competition Final 2020, Saturday 7th March, 2pm 




All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Senior Hall.Doors open at 6.15 pm for tea and cakes and a chance to meet the lecturer.

19th September

How to manage your slaves

Dr Jerry Toner

21st November

Pompeii and Herculaneum: Life in the Backstreets

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

9th January

Walking with the Gods: The Religious Lives of the Ancient Greeks

Professor Michael Scott

6th February

From Myth to Fiction: Women in Ancient Greece

Dr Emily Hauser




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