The South-West has a rich classical past in the form of Roman settlements and visible remains. Built into our first-year curriculum is a visit to the Roman baths at Bath, with work on the diverse range of artefacts in the high-tech museum. In the C year (Year 10) our Latinists study the impact of the Roman invasions upon Celtic culture, with visits to the well-stocked County Museum of Dorchester, and the nearby Roman Town House site, and Malmbury Rings amphitheatre.
Further outings are arranged to exciting classical events as they arise. Recently this has included the British Museum’s stunning Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, the Druce Farm Roman Villa excavation near Dorchester, the National Theatre’s Encore screening of their Medea production, and Chalke Valley History Festival lectures on classical topics.
The Department is committed to exciting overseas educational visits, and has in recent years taken pupils to Italy (Rome or Pompeii & Naples, or Sicily), while the biennial trip to Greece (Athens, Delphi, Olympia, the Argolid) has become a popular and highly rewarding regular fixture.