Coins are a wonderful medium for introducing even very young children to the study of the ancient and medieval worlds. They are familiar and ubiquitous objects that can consequently be used to give young learners a tangible link to the similarities and differences of past societies. I thoroughly enjoy opportunities to work with school-age learners and to promote my region and period of research as something relevant, exciting and inclusive. To this end, I am a member of the Birkbeck History Teachers’ Network, organised by Dr Jessica Reinisch. In addition, I have participated in and designed several workshops and meetings to connect university and school-level history teaching.
4th June 2019, Westminster Kingsway College
- I co-organised a workshop, with my Birkbeck colleague Dr Kat Hill, bringing together sixth-form students considering studying History at degree level and PhD students and university faculty. This is part of the CHASE-funded workshop ‘Objects in Space, Subjects in Time: The Material Cultures of Postcolonial History’.
1st October 2018, Walthamstow Academy Festival of the Humanities
- I presented two short workshops designed and run for 120 Year 2 and 3 children, looking at Roman trade with India and using coins as evidence.
10th October 2017, Alleyns School
- By invitation of the History Department, I gave a short presentation and discussion on the rise of Islam for AS’ and A’ Level students, to supplement their curriculum and promote medieval studies at Birkbeck.
January 2012-September 2015, University of Birmingham
- With two colleagues at the University of Birmingham and consultants from Sandwell Council, I co-designed ‘Byzantium Matters: History for Your Future’, an outreach programme working with Sandwell Council. We delivered a one-day study session on Byzantine material culture to 14-17 year-olds from local schools. The programme ran for three years.
January-June 2011, University of Birmingham
- I delivered three outreach sessions to groups of 30, 40 and 65 students (aged 13-15) who were participating in the University of Birmingham Schools Outreach Initiative. I led interactive discussions about the use of coins in modern British and early Byzantine society and coins as evidence of global connectivity.