Latin in the park coverage

Houses of Parliament
Early Day Motion
Thursdy, 10th July 2008


Brake, Tom
That this House welcomes the initiative of the Iris Project, Latin in the Park, as an excellent opportunity for people from all backgrounds to learn Latin and about ancient culture free of charge in a friendly and relaxed setting; recognises that the project enables adults and families to explore various aspects of ancient culture, such as women in the ancient world, religion, the history of the Roman Republic and other subjects; further recognises that Latin may be viewed as an elite area of study discouraging wider participation; and draws attention to the fact that this initiative promotes access to the classics amongst all and any local communities.
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The Iris Project launched its Latin the Park scheme in Oxford's South Park in April 2008, running through to July. Sessions on Latin and ancient culture are run weekly for adults and families - these are free (with a £1 charge per session for materials per person or family) and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Group one, 'Orpheus group', is meeting every Thursday lunch time at 12 noon.

Group two, 'Demeter group, is meeting every Sunday at 2pm.

Meeting point is the entrance to South Park at the bottom of Headington Hill (for the Thursday sessions please meet at reception in Cheney School next to the park). Sessions last 45 minutes, and you'll need to bring a pen, something to lean on and a blanket if you don't want to sit on the grass.

Everyone is welcome, but we would appreciate people getting in contact if they would like to attend as this helps us organise materials and other aspects of the sessions.

The first session was covered by the BBC PM programme on Radio 4 - click here for the link

The Iris Project
24 Green Ridges

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