Dear Members of the Sheffield Classical Association,
I hope that this finds you well! Most of you know me already: my name is Daniele Miano, and I am the recently appointed Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Sheffield. I am writing because I am working on an initiative that I think should be of interest, and for which I might need your help.
As you know, the University of Sheffield has a long history of teaching and learning Classics: already in its first incarnation as Firth College, Greek, Latin and Ancient History were the only subjects taught alongside Maths and Modern History. As we all know, the former department of Classical Studies was sadly shut down in 1987, and most of the academic staff moved to other universities (most notably Nottingham). Now that a post in ancient history has been re-established, I would very much like to reconnect with our alumni.
I know that many have wonderful memories of their classical studies at Sheffield, and I am working with the help of two MA students to create a poster exhibition on Classics at Sheffield (with a related website). We’ll launch the exhibition and the website on 17 March, and for the occasion we will organise an event with talks by former members of staff and alumni. Therefore, if you have studied Greek, Latin, or Ancient History at Sheffield University back in the days, we are very keen to hear from you. We would greatly appreciate to read about your best memories from that time, and we have created a Google form to collect your stories, and potentially use them for our exhibition, that you can access here: https://goo.gl/forms/gpVNatUjw8vU4M0S2 . Please also let us know if you are happy to contact you for an interview, and if you have old photographs or other visual material that you might share with us.
We would also hope that you could make it to the exhibition launch, and to the meal we’ll have afterwards. For this there is a separate form to fill : https://goo.gl/forms/NIGTijHJ9pTu2FpA2 . At the moment, this is more to have an idea of numbers, and I’ll be in touch later on with details. Even if you did not study Classics in Sheffield, please do fill the form if you would like to come to the launch and/or the meal. It should be good fun!
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920