Nostalgia – Sedbergh 2004

Photos of the 2004 ARLT Summer School at Sedbergh, transferred from the old blog.

One advantage of holding the Summer School in an ancient school like Sedbergh was that we had bed-sits with character, with lovely views out of the windows. Our excellent Summer School Secretary is standing by the front door of one of the women’s houses.

With views over hill and dale, this house held the dining room and the official Summer School notice board, as well as some of the ARLT artifact collection, and a number of books, posters, teaching notes and so on offered for free by recently retired members. There were also some bed-sitting rooms here.

Sedbergh School was founded in 1525. Some ARLT members may just be seen enjoying a coffee break in the pavilion.

Steps to learning … The Hellenic Book Service came for one day, bringing a large and mouth-watering collection of books, tapes, videos and CD roms. They even made use of the stairs to display more books.

The committee meets – twice! – during each Summer School. These were some of the members.

The Summer School was held at Sedbergh School, a venue that we could well return to at some future time. The scenery was quite wonderful, and the accommodation and food were very good. This group photo (which does not include everyone on the course) was taken in front of the cricket pavilion that we used for tea and coffee breaks.

Fire drill

With health and safety being a primary consideration these days, Sedbergh School insisted on a fire drill on our first day. At least it gave the opportunity for Summer School members to get to know each
other, and for me to take a photo or two.

Fire drill

More of the Summer School members take the chance to chat while the authorities check that the fire precautions have worked properly.

Dr Peter Jones MBE and Wilf O’Neill MBE are vice-presidents of ARLT, and had a merry meeting when Peter Jones came to lecture.

As a matter of fact, the post of Summer School Secretary is an arduous one, and Pauling Cox-Smith worked very hard to ensure that everything went smoothly – including the wine reception on the first evening.

ARLT President Dr Alison Henshaw seen with the Vindolanda remains around her and the rolling Hadrian’s Wall countryside making a backdrop.

People we saw working at Vindolanda.

Beauty, human and natural. Rachel and her cup of coffee are backed by the picturesque church and other buildings of Sedbergh.

Summer School Director Hilary Walters. Hilary has now directed three Summer Schools, and so knows the ropes thoroughly, but being a director still involves a tremendous amount of work and responsibility over the year or 18 months before the Summer School. She still came up smiling.

Our Quizmaster, John McNee devises a fiendishly difficult quiz each year. We divide into teams of four, give our teams silly names, and spend a pleasant evening realising the depth of our ignorance. Well I do, anyway. Some teams seemed actually to know a few of the answers, so of course one of them won. Congratulations to them.

The Association Secretary was her cheerful self. (She is now President.)

Tea and coffee breaks happened in the cricket pavilion, from which Summer School members could not only admire the ‘sacred turf’ of the cricket pitch, and the hills around, but could also see the path beside the cricket field where we walked from the living accommodation (seen in the centre of this picture) to the impressive classroom blocks and the lecture theatre where option groups and lectures took place.

If the weather had not been so good, the walk might have seemed a bit long, but as it was it was a constant joy.

Excavations take place every summer at Vindolanda, and the spoil heap in the middle distance is the result. Beyond it is the reconstruction of a turret from the wooden part of Hadrian’s Wall. In the foreground, four Summer School members discuss the finer points of Latin teaching. Or something.

Three Summer School members perhaps discuss the responsibilities of being a Head of Department. One of the option groups at the 2004 Summer School, led by a Deputy Head, dealt with preparing for promotion. Others were suited to new teachers. ARLT Summer Schools and Refresher Days have something for every Classics teacher, and even for those who, like Michael on the right of the photo, have just retired!

The Friday evening entertainment brought out a lot of talent, dramatic and musical, and made a great climax to the week’s work. Here some old git is helping members of the choir with their part. The choir sang sacred music by Byrd and Palestrina, in Latin, naturally, and a piece of ancient Greek music, a Hymn to the Sun. But don’t worry; most of the entertainment was much less highbrow.


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