Founder and Director:
David is Head of Higher Attainment and Post-16 Progression Routes at Cheney School. David is the member of staff at Cheney School who liaises and collaborates with the East Oxford Community Classics Centre. He plays a crucial role in helping to plan, organise and run all events, workshops and projects which involve Cheney School students, and shares his classroom with the Centre. He has been involved with the Centre from the very beginning, and we are enormously grateful for all his time, faith and energy.
Artefacts Project Collaborator:
Dr Aarón Alzola
Aarón studied for a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University where he became interested in the inter-cultural relations of the Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. As part of his doctoral research at the Institute of Archaeology (Oxford University), he explored the interactions between indigenous communities in the Ebro Valley (North East Spain) and Mediterranean cultures, principally from the perspective of wine trade and consumption patterns. He combined this with an interest in the links between identity, agency and material culture.
Aarón is creating a digital catalogue of the many artefacts at the centre; he will also develop workshops involving the artefacts which will be embedded into the "What Is History" module studied by all year 7s at Cheney School. These workshops will also be delivered to students and other visitors from the wider community. Through his work at the centre, we aim to make the artefacts collection a vital, accessible and exciting aspect of the centre.
Graffiti Wall artist:
Louise spent four years studying Classics at Durham University, developing a particular interest in the use of alternative versions of myths within epic poetry. After escaping her post-university employment in a bank call centre, she spent several years as a teaching assistant both in the north east and south west of England, with the end goal being to become a Classics Teacher.
Whilst in the north east, Louise became a long-distance volunteer with the Iris Project's activities at Cheney School with the EOCCC as an amateur artist. Her first work was to design and paint ten metre walls covered with copies of original Roman graffiti found on the walls of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Her most recent project comprises two walls around the theme of myths and storytelling, interspersing the well-known with the less well-known Classical myths from ancient Greece and Rome.
She lives in rural Somerset with her fiancé and his family with its rapidly expanding family farm. When she has spare time from personal study and painting, Louise enjoys playing folk music, jewellery making and going to the theatre.
Here is a short film, taken on the day of our launch event: