About Us

Director of The Iris Project and Rumble Museum:
Lorna Robinson

Lorna studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University; after a chance encounter with a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel in her finals year, she became curious about the similarities between it and Ovid, and eventually received a doctorate from University College London on 'Magical Realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses' in 2005.

After acclimatising herself to daylight again, she went into teaching. She created The Iris Project and Iris magazine to promote Classics in state schools in 2006, and runs Latin and Greek projects in state schools across the UK. She has also worked with UCL Bloomsbury Theatre and The Scoop on ancient drama projects, and she set up 'Latin in the Parks' for adults to have a go at picking up Latin. She created and runs the East Oxford Community Classics Centre, which opened in October 2013, and the Rumble Museum, the first museum in a state school.

She has written a book "Ovid and Gabriel Garcia Marquez", and has also written the Latin course Telling Tales in Latin and part two, Distant Lands, which introduces Latin through the stories of Ovid. She has also written Telling Tales in Greek, introducing ancient Greek through the stories of Homer.

She lives on the Barton estate in Oxford with her husband Duncan and daughter Rachel, and in her spare time seeks out woods, music, reading and occasionally sleep.

 

David Gimson  - Museum Lead

David supports the planning, organising and running of events, workshops and projects which involve Cheney School students. He is also a trustee.

He is Head of Higher Attainment and UCAS at Cheney School. David is the member of staff at Cheney School who liaises and collaborates with the Iris Community Classics Centre and was crucial in arranging for the classics centre to first appear at the school back in 2012. 

He has continued to work closely on classics and wider museum-related projects and events. He has recently become Museum Lead, supporting the director in embedding the museum throughout the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Pitts

Jamie supports our Rumble Museum by updating the artefacts directory online, maintaing pages, adding new information and researching objects. He is soon to embark on a similar directory for our replica items. He has also recently been making delicious brownies for our pop-up Museum Cafe.

He lives and work in Oxford and combines his day job as a chef in a college with part-time study towards a degree in Classical Studies with the Open University. He likes music, the great outdoors and Roman things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Parkinson

Neil studied Classics at Oxford and has since then spent more than ten years working in the charity sector with London's homeless. His interest in Classics grew from a childhood love of mythology and soon encompassed a great deal of Classical literature and history too.

He has a particular fascination with anything charting the interactions of the Greeks with their Eastern neighbours, from Homer and Herodotus to Xenophon and the exploits of Alexander the Great. He also loves Greek drama, Hellenistic novels, neoteric poetry and much more besides.

Neil is a trustee, and provides valuable input on fundraising and governance. He is actively involved in the running of the charity, particularly its work in London schools and communities.

 

 

 

 Graphics Design and Illustration:

Soham De

Soham is an visual artist and an illustrator. His work has been shown at group exhibitions in Oxford. He graduated in 2008 with a B.Arch (Honours) degree from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India. In 2010 he completed an MA Urban Design from the Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University.  He is currently collaborating in writing Eco- Responsive Environments to be published in 2013.

Soham has illustrated the Telling Tales in Latin Latin courses. He has also painted a number of wall and ceiling murals for Iris' Community Classics Centre.

 

 

 

Web Development

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Duncan gained a degree in Physics from Oxford University, and an MSc in Aerospace Dynamics from Cranfield University.  He then became a computer programmer, and currently works at a financial firm based in Oxford.  His main loves are old cars, sport, computing and books.  He has long been involved in the organisational side of Iris and is a trustee.

He built the current Iris Project and Iris online websites using a CMS called Joomla, and he is the web administrator and developer for the charity.

He has a keen interest in constructing ancient armour and has made a Greek aspis shield, which lives in the classics centre at Cheney.

 

University Liaison Officers

King's College London - Dr Will Wootton

Will Wootton is the Lecturer in Roman Art in the Classics Department at King's College London. He has been involved with the Iris Project since 2008 and is the KCL liaison for the Literacy through Latin scheme.

He has also delivered talks in primary schools and the East Oxford Community Classics Centre as part of the project. Will is a trustee for The Iris Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy through Latin co-ordinator for Wales - Dr Evelien Bracke

Evelien is Greek and Latin language tutor at Swansea University, and also act as Employability and Schools Liaison Officer. She runs the Literacy through Latin project in a number of local schools (primarily Communities First), with a group of up to 20 student volunteers.

Alongside the LTL project, she also organises workshops for school groups, a yearly Ancient Languages in the Park project, and other activities designed to promote Classics to the local community (through children).

 

 

 

University of St Andrews - Dr Alex Long

Alex Long teaches Greek and Roman philosophy at St Andrews. He works principally on Plato, Stoicism and ancient political thought.

He has been running the Literacy through Latin term since 2012, and is very happy to receive queries about the Iris project from schools in Fife and beyond!

 

 

 

 

University of Oxford - Qasim Alli

Qasim is the University of Oxford's Classics Outreach Officer.

Academic tutors and students from the faculty are involved in running Classical themed workshops and talks as part of the Iris Literacy through Latin scheme and East Oxford Community Classics Centre, and Qasim is involved with the recruitment process for these students.

 

The Iris Project
24 Green Ridges
Headington
Oxford
OX3 8PL

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