2019-20 Programme

Our 2019-20 lecture series was sadly curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we still had time to learn, enjoy and celebrate, as you can read in our annual review. See below for details of the great lecturers we welcomed to Lytham St Annes, and go to Current Programme for our 2020-21 series.

LSA CA Lecture Programme 2019-20

19th September 2019


Our programme began with an excellent, wide-ranging and challenging talk on a complex topic by Churchill College, Cambridge’s Dr Jerry Toner (alongside the fictional Roman nobleman, Marcus Sidonius Falx) to introduce us to various aspects of ordinary or ‘below stairs’ Roman life.


9th November 2019


Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion’: how do we picture the empresses of Rome?

We were extremely proud and honoured to host the national Classical Association’s Presidential Address, delivered twice by Dame Professor Mary Beard on 9th November 2019 for an audience of over 700 members, students, and guests.


21st November 2019


Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is an eminent British ancient historian and classical archaeologist who is Professor of Roman Studies and Director of Research in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge and in November 2019 he spoke to the Association on ‘Pompeii and Herculaneum: Life in the Backstreets’.


9th January 2020


We began 2020 with our President and Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, Professor Michael Scott, for his annual Presidential lecture and celebration meal – this year he focused on uncovering the religious activities, traditions and beliefs of the Ancient Greeks.


20th February 2020

We were thrilled to welcome back Professor Michael Wood to the branch to deliver a fascinating lecture entitled The Trojan War: Myth or History? – in light of the British Museum’s 2019/20 exhibition of the same name.



Professor Robin Osborne‘s lecture on ‘Turning Art Into History – The Case of Classical Athens’ was postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Charlotte Higgins‘ talk on ‘Pattern and Chaos in the Labyrinth’ was postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.