Current Programme

We can’t wait to welcome you back in person to our events at AKS Lytham when Covid-19 restrictions allow: we hope to see you all in September!

Lectures are held at AKS Lytham, Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1DT on Thursday evenings (see map in the right sidebar). Doors open at 6.15pm for refreshments and a chance to meet the lecturer, and talks begin at 7pm. After a short question and answer session, meetings normally finish by 8:30pm. We are a really friendly bunch and can always guarantee visitors a warm welcome, a great lecture and some lovely homemade cake!

In-person events are £5 a ticket, or free to members. If you’d like to become a member for just £12 a year (or £5 for students), please click here.

This season we also hope to be able to offer online access to our lectures: please keep checking this page for updates.

Thursday 16th September 2021

Turning Art into History – The Case of Classical Athens

Professor Robin Osborne

Professor Osborne is a Fellow and Professor of Ancient History at King’s College Cambridge and he has published prolifically on topics as disparate as Athenian law, ancient festivals, centaurs, heroic nakedness, hoards, sanctuaries, Homer, poverty, drunkenness at the symposium, and Athenian democracy.

He was the recipient of the 2019 Runciman Award, a £9000 prize shared with Paul Kosmin, for The Transformation of Athens, Painted pottery and the creation of classical Greece in which he examines the thousands of surviving Athenian red-figure pots painted in the 5th century BC and describes the changing depictions of soldiers and athletes, drinking parties and religious occasions, sexual relations, and scenes of daily life. He shows that it was not changes in each activity that determined how the world was shown, but changes in values and aesthetics, and it is on this topic that he will talk to us in Turning Art into History – the Case of Classical Athens.

Thursday 14th October 2021

Hadrian’s Wall: Strategic Masterstroke or Monumental Folly?

Douglas Jackson

A former assistant editor at The Scotsman, Douglas Jackson is a much loved historical novelist who hails from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders and most famous for his series of books featuring the Roman tribune Gaius Valerius Verrens.

In visceral and gripping narratives of bloodshed, battle, conspiracy, courage, and ambition, Douglas Jackson makes his case for being one of the very best historical fiction writers of our times. An active member of the Historical Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society, Douglas is very much looking forward to making the trip to Lytham St Annes to speak to us in person on one of Britain’s most famous Roman landmarks …. Hadrian’s Wall: Strategic masterstroke or monumental folly?

Thursday 18th November 2021

Old Stories For Our Times: Why Greek Myths Persist

Charlotte Higgins

After two years of delays due to Covid, we will finally be able to welcome writer, journalist and Classicist Charlotte Higgins to the LSA CA! After studying Classics at Balliol College Oxford, Higgins began her career in journalism on Vogue magazine in 1995 and moved to the Guardian in 1997, for which she has served as classical music editor, arts correspondent and now chief culture writer.

Charlotte is a past winner of the Classical Association prize and this September sees the publication of Greek Myths, a vivid new retelling that brings female characters to centre stage: Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave the ancient stories into elaborate imagined tapestries, forming a sweeping epic of storytelling. And it is the myths featured in this book that she will tell us about in November.

Thursday 6th January 2022

An Island Without an Anchor: Delos and the Ancient World

Professor Michael Scott

Returning for his eighth annual Presidential Lecture, Professor Scott will focus upon the fascinating city of Delos, one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece.

Michael is Professor in Classics and Director of the Institute of Engagement at the University of Warwick, a National Teaching Fellow, an Honorary Citizen of Delphi, a first-class speaker, presenter, author and broadcaster, and a fantastic ambassador for Classics. In 2021, he was the winner of the prestigious Classical Association Prize.

Thursday 10th February 2022

Knossos – Lost Women of the Ancient World and the Men That Rewrote Their Stories

Dr Janina Ramirez

Dr Ramirez is a cultural historian, broadcaster and author based at the University of Oxford and renowned for her many TV programmes on art and cultural history, most recently the Raiders of the Lost Past on BBC Two. As a lecturer and course director, Dr Ramirez loves to share ideas, information and inspiration with every student and also opens up the subject to the general public through the wide reach of television, radio, publications and new media. 

Nina’s lecture to the Association will focus on one of her TV trips when she talks to us about the women of Knossos, on Crete – revealing the real stories behind the myth of the Minotaur and behind the infamous unearthing and presentation of this fascinating site.

Thursday 3rd March 2022

‘Why Should I Dance? The Ancient Greek Chorus Today

Dr Lucy Jackson

Dr Jackson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, having previously been an Early Career Fellow at King’s College London and a visiting graduate student in Pisa, at Princeton University, and the University of Sydney.

Dr Jackson has acted and directed in a range of classical and non-classical dramas, including being an academic consultant for Medea at the National Theatre (2014), the Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe (2015), and the Iliad at the British Museum and Almeida Theatre (2015). Her first monograph, The Chorus of Drama in the Fourth Century BCE: Presence and Representation, was published in 2020. Her talk will explore the multi-faceted guises of the Chorus in ancient theatre and highlight modern interpretations of its role in drama.

Thursday 28th April 2022

Last Supper in Pompeii

Dr Paul Roberts

Dr Roberts is an archaeologist and Classicist and the current Sackler Keeper of the Department of Antiquities at the world renowned Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Formerly, he was Roman Curator (1994-2007) and Senior Roman Curator (2007-2015) in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, London, where he curated the hugely popular exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum (2013). 

Dr Roberts has spent his career researching, enhancing galleries and curating exhibitions on aspects of daily life, informed by archaeological material. Gladiators, painted portraits from Roman Egypt, and daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum have formed the basis of earlier exhibitions. There is simply no-one better to be our guide to the museum’s wonderful exhibition – Daily Life in Pompeii -and we are thrilled Dr Roberts has agreed to make the journey north to take us through the Pompeiian streets and conclude our 2021-22 season in style.