The Lytham St Annes Classical Association was formed in 2014 by AKS sixth former Katrina Kelly, the youngest person to ever form a branch since the Classical Association began in 1903. This thriving local organisation is now the largest CA branch in the UK and is known for its friendly and informal meetings where home-made cake, second-hand books and renowned visiting authors and lecturers compete for members’ attention!
Seven lectures a year, advertised in the School Calendar, take place in the AKS Senior Hall and are free of charge to AKS students. Membership of the Association is open to everyone and costs just £12 a year (£1.71 a lecture) or £5 a year for children and students – just 71p a lecture! Or you are welcome to turn up to any lecture and buy a £5 ticket on the night.
All lectures are on a Thursday evening and start at 7pm, with doors opening at 6.15pm to give everyone the opportunity to meet the lecturer and enjoy some refreshments. All raffle proceeds go towards the Association’s Summer School Bursary Fund to enable four local students to go to Repton School each July.
Lecturers this year include best-selling historical fiction author Ben Kane; Director of Excavations at Vindolanda Dr Andrew Birley; Oxford lecturer Dr Gail Trimble; and Dr Michael Wood, one of Britain’s favourite TV historians. Our very popular President, Dr Michael Scott, will also be returning for his Presidential lecture on 5th January 2017 giving members an exclusive look behind the scenes of his new TV series with Alexander Armstrong: The Invisible Cities of Naples, Florence and Venice.
Everyone is welcome – no previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required and a warm welcome is guaranteed. The Association has a growing band of volunteers and is always appreciative of anyone wishing to join them to help run the lectures and organise events.
As well as lectures, the Association runs a free Latin reading group; organises the annual LSA CA Classics Competition for Schools and raises money for the Association’s Classics Summer School Bursary Fund. The Association will also be launching their new Classics Ambassadors initiative in 2017.
If you are interested in attending or supporting any of these events and would like to enjoy lectures by first class classicists and historians, then please contact the Secretary, Jayne Kelly, for further details at email@example.com or simply come along to any lecture and pick up a membership form.
This year’s programme of lectures can be viewed using this link. We look forward to hopefully meeting you at the next Lytham St Annes Classical Association lecture.