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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 raised £1250 enabling six local students, to go to Repton School in July.

The lecture programme this year gets off to a brilliant start when scientist, author and TV presenter Dr Adam Hart-Davis explains what The Greeks and Romans Did For Us; followed by Dr Simon Elliott who takes us on a journey around Scotland in the company of Septimius Severus and Dr Peter Stewart who will give us a visual treat with Roman Art Beyond the Empire.  The New Year starts in spectacular fashion with our esteemed President, historian and TV presenter, Professor Michael Scott explaining why Delphi was at the Centre of the Ancient Mediterranean World.  We then go on a unique musical odyssey with world expert Professor Armand D’Angour revealing The Secrets of Ancient Greek Music, followed in March by best-selling author Manda Scott posing the fascinating question:  Boudica: What If She’d Won?  Our Programme ends as it started with a brilliant lecturer, this time renowned historian and author Tom Holland, who will explain why Herodotus was The Father of History, The Father of Non-Fiction.

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 www.lsaclassics.com

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 lsaclassics@gmail.com 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 Junior or Senior School to the person at the Membership Table.

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.

2018-19 LSA CA Lectures and Competitions: 

Date

Event

Lecturer

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.

20th September

What the Greeks and Romans Did For Us

Dr Adam Hart-Davis

18th October

Septimius Severus in Scotland

Dr Simon Elliott

22nd November

Roman Art Beyond the Roman Empire: A View from Gandhara and China

Dr Peter Stewart

10th January

Where Eagles Dare – Delphi at the Centre of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Professor Michael Scott

7th February

The Secrets of Ancient Greek Music

Professor Armand D’Angour

14th March

Boudica: What If She’d Won?

Manda Scott

4th April

Herodotus: The Father of History, The Father of Non-Fiction

Tom Holland

 

 

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