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1 Dr Emma Stafford (University of Leeds) Honorary Secretary of the Classical Association (2012>)

2 Foundation in 1903: context and early concerns Local branches and affiliated organisations Major developments 1960-90: JACT and the conference

3  John Percival Postgate (1853-1926), one of the founders. Christopher Stray (ed.) The Classical Association: the first century 1903-2003, Greece and Rome Supplement (Oxford 2003)  ‘Percy’ the CA bear

4 Convenors of the December 1903 foundation meeting:  Dr John Percival Postgate (Cambridge and UCL, later professor at Liverpool)  Mr Arthur Sidgwick (Oxford)  Prof. Edward Adolf Sonnenschein (Birmingham)  Principal Nathan Bodington (Leeds)  Miss Emily Penrose (later Dame, Principal of Royal Holloway College) – 1 st resolution ‘an Association open to persons of either sex…’  Dr James Gow (headmaster of Westminster School)

5 Familiar concerns?: J.P. Postgate, ‘Are the Classics to go?’, Fortnightly Review ns 72 (November 1902), 876-80 ‘On many sides we hear confident assertions, met for the most part by half-hearted and apologetic denials, that the work of Greek and Latin is done – that their day is past. If the extinction of these languages as potent instruments of education is a sacrifice inexorably demanded by the advancement of civilisation, regrets are idle, and we must bow to necessity. But we know from history that not the least of the causes of the fall of great supremacies has been the supineness and shortsightedness of their defenders. It is therefore the duty of those who believe, as I do, that Greek and Latin may continue to confer in the future, as they have done in the past, priceless benefits upon all higher human education, to inquire whether these causes exist, and how they may be at once removed.

6  Botanical Theatre, University College London, site of the December 1903 meeting (late C19th photo). Context for early developments  Balfour’s Education Act (1902): change from c.2,500 School Boards to 140 Local Education Authorities > centralisation  Latin dropped as compulsory University of London matriculation qualification (1902)  Establishment of other subject associations: e.g. Modern Languages Association (1892), History Association (1906)  Establishment of cross-disciplinary teachers associations: e.g. Association of Assistant Mistresses (1884), Assistant Masters Association (1891).  Establishment of other classical bodies: SPHS (1879), BSA (1883), BSR (1900), Roman Society (1910), ARLT (1913)

7 Foundation of local branches of the CA (still extant): Earliest branches  Cambridge & District (May 1903)  Manchester & District (1904)  Birmingham & Midlands (1905)  Liverpool (1907)  Nottingham (1909)  London (1912)  Bristol (1912)  Northumberland & Durham (1912)  Cardiff & District (1914 – Frogs Society 1898/9)  Leeds & District (1914) Established by 1930  Bangor & North Wales (1920)  Sheffield & District (1920, refounded 2011)  Oxford (1922)  Sussex (1922)  South West (1922)  Southampton (1923)  Hull & District (1928)  Swansea – superseded by South West Wales (1928)  Reading & District (1929)  Leicestershire & Rutland (1930) Later foundations  North Staffordshire (1950)  Salisbury & District (1965)  Gloucestershire (1967)  Guildford (1975) Most recent  Lampeter & Mid-Wales (1996)  Lytham St. Annes (2000s)  Roehampton & SW London (2000s)

8  Olaf Wilhelm Knös, Uppsala (1838-1907): requested copy of rules 1904, Swedish CA founded 1906 Other affiliated classical associations: The Classical Association of Scotland (1902) Local Scottish associations:  Tayside  Edinburgh & South East Centre (1922)  Glasgow & West Centre (1921, reconstituted 1972) Overseas  South Australia (1908)  New South Wales (1909)  Bombay (1909/10-1917)  Victoria (1912)  Otago (1922)  Queensland (1923)  South Africa (1928)  Ceylon (1935)

9 Major developments 1960-90  Formation of Joint Association of Classical Teachers (1962)  Abolition of Latin O-level as requirement for Oxbridge entrance (1960)  Southampton CA conference (1960) debated implications and need for support for school teachers  1962 Greece and Rome Supplement: Reappraisal  Cambridge School Classics Project (1966) > The Cambridge Latin Course (CUP 1970)  Scottish Teachers Group: Ecce Romani (1971)  Reformation of the annual conference  Old format: 6 x 1-hour plenary papers by invited speakers + Presidential Address, excursions and receptions  1989 conference (Sheffield): 101 participants – ‘at the moment we are too few… and too old’ (David West letter).  Discussions > agreement at Council April 1990 to adopt radical new format.  Trialled Warwick April 1991: 50 short papers (30 mins), in two or three parallel session; 175 participants.  Dr Stan Ireland: organiser of Warwick 1991 (and 2003).

10 Annual conference Publications Grants Membership Governance and staffing The balance sheet CA-JACT merger January 2015

11 A typical CA conference programme DAY 1 1.30 onwards Arrival CA Finance Committee and Council meetings Reception/welcome Plenary session Dinner / evening activity DAY 2Parallel sessions 9-11 and 11.30-1 (8 or 9 panels) Lunch Parallel sessions 2-4 (8 or 9 panels) Plenary session 5-6 Dinner/evening activity DAY 3Parallel sessions 9-11 and 11.30-1 (8 or 9 panels) Lunch Excursions / round table session 2-5 CA AGM Presidential Address 6-7 Conference Dinner / entertainment DAY 4 Finish with lunch Parallel sessions 9-11 and 11.30-1 (8 or 9 panels)

12 Book-stalls  Cambridge University Press The local organisational team  CA 2013 (Reading): student helpers in conspicuous T-shirts with logo.  Logo from CA 2012 (Exeter).

13 The Association Dinner (and after-dinner entertainment)  CA 2014 (Nottingham): traditional disco… The Presidential Address  CA 2011 (Reading): Prof. Robin Osborne

14 The CA Prize  Awarded to Barbara Bell for the Minimus Project at CA 2005 (Reading); with Prof. Brian Sparkes.  Awarded to Tom Holland, author of Rubicon, Persian Fire and other popular ancient history books, at CA 2007 (Birmingham); with Lyndsey Davies (author of the Falco Roman detective series).  Awarded to Tom Holland, author of Rubicon, Persian Fire and other popular ancient history books at CA 2007 (Birmingham); with Lyndsey Davies, author of the Falco Roman detective series.

15 CA merchandising Launched at CA 2012 (Exeter)

16 Publications: (i) the journals  CR (1887) and CQ (1906) bought by CA in 1909  G&R established 1931  New Surveys established 1967  Production moved to Clarendon Press 1938  Moved to Cambridge University Press in 2000s

17 Publications (ii): various  Omnibus : since 1980, two issues per year; issue 68 = last as JACT publication; 69 onwards = CA publications.  Journal of Classics Teaching : since 1999, two issues per year; to move to e-publication in 2015, delivered via CUP Journals platform.  CA News : since 1989, two issues per year; some content to move online from 2015.  Presidential Addresses: pamphlets in 1940s and ‘50s, and since 1995; others in Proceedings.

18 CA website:  Open access: blog, new monthly e- newsletter.  Social Media

19 Grants (Grants Committee) 1.Funding for Summer Schools: bursaries to enable people to attend extra-mural courses in Greek, Latin and Classical Civilisation + bursaries for courses specifically aimed at teachers’ professional development, such as the British School at Athens Easter Course and the ARLT Summer School. 2.Funding for Conferences: (i) bursaries to attend the CA Conference; (ii) bursaries for other conferences with PG student participation. 3.School-teaching and Outreach: Greek and Latin reading competitions, regional Greek/Roman days and school conferences; any other activities tending towards the promotion of public awareness of the importance of Classics and/or to support Classics in schools. 4.Major Projects: a small number of these have significant funding, included the Primary Latin Project ( Minimus ), the New Greek Lexicon Project, L’Annee Philologique and the Logie Collection (Christchurch, NZ).

20 Membership  Currently c.3,000 (5,000+ Twitter followers)  Subscription: £17 per annum (£15 direct debit) – 5 shillings (25p) in 1903!  Benefits:  CA News / Omnibus  reduced rates on journal subscriptions, other academic publishers’ special offers  Don’t have to be member to attend conference or apply for grants

21 Council Journals Board Finance Committee Teaching Board (from 2015) Grants Committee CA News/ Omnibus editorial board Governance: committee structure

22 Vice Presidents (* denotes former President) *The Right Hon. The Lord Bragg*Miss E. Kirkby, MA Prof. D.L.Cairns, MA, PhD, FHEA Dr Jenny March *Sir Anthony Cleaver, MA, FBCS *Sir Jeremy Morse, KCMG, MA Prof. C. Collard, MA, Mlitt *Prof. R. Osborne, MA, PhD, FBA Ms Nina Curtis *Prof. C. Rowe, MA, PhD, FBA, OBE *Ms L. Davis, MA *Prof. M. Schofield, MA, DPhil, FBA Prof. P.E. Easterling, MA *Prof. M. Schofield, MA, DPhil, FBA Prof. R.L. Fowler, MA, Dphil*Prof. R.A.S. Seaford, MA, Dphil *Baroness Susan Greenfield*Prof. B.A. Sparkes *Mrs C.M. Handley, BADr R. Stoneman *Mr Robert Harris*Sir Peter Stothard Mr J. Ellis Jones, BA, PhD, FSA *Prof. O. Taplin, MA, DPhil, FBA *Dr Peter Jones, MBEMr R. Wallace, MA, Mlitt *Prof. E.J. Kenney, MA, FBA *Prof. T.P.Wiseman, MA, DPhil, FBA Officers (in 2015) PresidentProf. Peter Rhodes ChairProf. Roy Gibson Honorary Secretary Dr Emma Stafford Honorary Treasurer Mr Philip Hooker Outreach Officer Dr Kathryn Tempest Allied Associations Officer Mrs Barbara Finney

23 CA Staff  Claire Davenport, CA Secretary  Clare Roberts, Assistant Editor and Journals Administrator  Jane Fortuna, CA Assistant Secretary CA Offices:  in London’s Senate House, and  (since 2012) in Watford…

24 Percy in front of the Viking on the waterfront in Göteberg, ahead of the inaugural meeting of NordClass, one of a several overseas classical associations with whom we are pleased to have informal links.. For more information on the current running of the CA, please see the CA website ( On the CA’s history, see: Christopher Stray (ed.) The Classical Association: the first century 1903-2003, Greece and Rome Supplement (Oxford 2003)

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