Youngsters try out ancient medicine of the Romans

From Manchester University

Pupils from schools across Greater Manchester are to experience what medicine was like in ancient Rome at a University of Manchester summer school.

Dressed as Romans, they will be examining some of the treatments used two thousand years ago – on display at Manchester Museum.

The workshop – called Medicine in Rome – is part of a three day Summer School organised by the Faculty of Humanities which aims to introduce pupils to university life and some of the subjects on offer.

There are ten other workshops – including ‘Introduction to Art History’, ‘ASBO-mania’, ‘Journey through Ancient Rome’, ‘Identity Workshop’, ‘Don’t Believe Everything You Read’, ‘The Money Programme’ and ‘Mummifying an orange’.

The 10 groups of pupils – looked after by undergraduate Student Ambassadors – will deliver short presentations at the event’s closing ceremony.

They will be joined by parents and teachers as part of the University’s efforts to promote widening participation to higher education irrespective of educational, cultural or financial background.

Widening Participation Manager Janet Tatlock said: “This event will encourage the pupils to recognise how different university is from school., but also that it is a welcoming environment accessible to all with potential to do well in Higher Education.

“We also hope that each student will find a subject area they are particularly interested in.

“This year’s Summer School is the largest yet: on the final evening some of the 96 children will deliver presentations based on what they learned to over 200 family members.”

Notes for editors

Press photographers are invited to join the children at 2.15 on June 17 at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester .

Press photographers are also welcome to photograph the group presentations on 19 June at 6PM.

The year 9 Humanities Summer School summer school will run from June 17 to 19 from 9am till 3.15pm, 8.30pm on 19th. The event will be held in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford St, Manchester.

Images will be available on 17 June.

For media enquiries contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations Officer
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
07717 881 567
michael.addelman@manchester.ac.uk

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