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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!

Seven lectures a year, advertised in the School Calendar, 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 this year enabled six local students, including AKS Head Boy Samuel Southern, to go to Repton School in July.

Lecturers this year include renowned classicist and art historian Dr Caroline Vout; Oxford historian and best-selling  author Dr Harry Sidebottom;  Dr Margaret Mountford  who has swapped The Apprentice boardroom for Egyptian Papyrus research;  Lindsey Davis, best-selling author of the hugely popular Falco and Flavia Albia novels; and TV presenter and Egyptologist Professor Joann Fletcher.  Our very popular President, Dr Michael Scott, will also be returning for his Presidential lecture on 11th January 2018 expanding on his research for his BBC TV series on Sicily: An Island for Everyone?

Everyone is very welcome at the lectures – no previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required 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 lectures, the Association runs a free Latin reading group; organises the annual LSA CA Classics Competitions for local Junior and Senior Schools 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  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 all lectures are free for AKS students.

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.

2017-18 LSA CA Lectures and Competitions: 




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.

21st September

Seeing the Gods in Greece and Rome

Dr Caroline Vout

19th October

Third Century Rome

Dr Harry Sidebottom

9th November

Riches from the Rubbish Dumps

Dr Margaret Mountford

11th January

Sicily – An Island for Everyone?

Dr Michael Scott

22nd February

An Evening with Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis

1st March

Cleopatra the Great

Professor Joann Fletcher

15th March

Junior Classics Competition in the Junior School Hall


21st March

Senior Classics Competition in the Senior School Hall


12th April

Rocks, Holes and Pots of Gold

Mary-Ann Ochota



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