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East Oxford Community Classics Centre
To bring Latin, Greek and classics to everyone in the local community, through free workshops, courses, exhibitions, talks, and more.
The first year will be a pilot, but the centre is intended to be permanent
Charity information: The Iris Project
Latin and Classics is largely associated with privilege and wealth, and very many children and adults have no opportunity to learn about the ancient world and its languages, and may feel intimidated by the topics.
We are founding a new local learning space, which will offer a range of free workshops, courses, exhibitions and more to all ages in the community. We will also house a large lending library and many original and replica artefacts!
To make learning about classics accessible to the local community at all ages
Activities» Free and friendly workshops, activities, courses, as well as books, artefacts and other items.
What success will look like
High levels of participation in the various things the centre offers, and positive feedback from participants.
More local people, adults and children, having a knowledge, appreciation and confidence in the ancient world. The centre being used and feedback being positive. More children wanting to study the subject to exam level, and more people visiting museums and continuing their knowledge acquisition beyond the centre's offerings.
The space is fully insured under the host schools public liability insurance. All staff and volunteers are CRB checked and trained.
Yearly evaluation report, including full details of project and feedback.
Budget - Project Cost: £15,500Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,000 wall murals decorating space with wall murals £1,500 furniture bookshelves, sofa, chairs, chests £6,000 admin running the centre day by day £1,000 items books, artefacts, other items £1,000 launch festival to launch centre £3,000 storytelling workshops eight storytelling workshop mornings for local children £1,000 artefact handling 4 artefact workshops for families
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount University of Oxford £1,000 Guaranteed Royal Holloway Classics Centre £1,500 Guaranteed
It is hosted at Cheney school, a secondary state school in east Oxford.
Local people of all ages.
We have run projects promoting classics in state schools for the past 8 years. We work in primaries, secondaries and with adults to introduce classics in fun, accessible ways.
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Lorna is director of The Iris Project and is responsible for overseeing and running the charity's various projects.