The Bristol Classical Association Programme 2021/22

It is our aim that all talks will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Talks will not be recorded or live streamed. Please email Barbara Bell ( to register. There are no tickets, and talks are free for Bristol Classical Association members, students, and school pupils. There will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm.

Tuesday 12th October, 7pm – Professor Michael Scott (Warwick)

‘The realities of the Olympic Games’

We are all used to the idea of the links between the ancient and modern Olympics. But what were the ancient Olympics really like? How did you get there, where did you stay and what was the experience on the ground for competitors and spectators? What might you see, hear, and think about? What kind of impressions of ancient Greece, and of the ancient Greeks, did you come away with? And as a result, just what real links are there between the ancient and modern Olympics after all?

Wednesday 2nd March, 7pm – Dr Shelley Hales (Bristol)

‘Recent discoveries in Pompeii’

After years of poor publicity and accusations of mismanagement and neglect aimed at the superintendency at Pompeii, the new excavations in the city have generated enormous public interest, positive headlines, and several internet memes! The combination of the excitement of discovery, the promise of new technologies to aid excavation and analysis and the novelty of finds fresh from the ground has proved enchanting to the point that this has been seen as Pompeii’s ‘Renaissance’. This talk is an opportunity to take a closer look at the buildings, objects, decoration, and human remains found in Regio V but also to ask whether these excavations are really so different from those of previous generations and what the longer-term consequences might be.

Thursday 12th May, 7pm – Daniel Morden

‘Orpheus and other tales from Ovid’

Award-winning storyteller Daniel Morden returns to the Bristol CA with a programme of tales from the Metamorphoses. Haunting, passionate, and lucid, these retellings are both authentic and resonant. ‘The tale of Echo and Narcissus stopped all of our hearts, however hardened by age’ The Guardian.

Thursday 11 November 2021, 12.30-1.45pm via Zoom – The Bristol CA AGM