Teacher and students: Guy with his Classical Civilisation A Level class in 2015.
be relevant and accessible. Nor could it illustrate more effectively the negligence, indolence, and indifference of the editors in permitting such tripe to be published. Any of us working in History and Archaeology is exceptionally fortunate. We can do so only because other people are prepared to spend some of their income on supporting the subjects, buying the books, and visiting the sites. That means access and participation, and above all communication. It also means realising the past was a human experience, not a voyage through a data matrix. Perhaps that’s just someone getting on in life griping about the good old days. Fortunately, I’m old enough not to care about what I say now. I’m proud that a lot of my Classical Civilisation students went on to study History, Ancient History, or Archaeology at university, but I heartily hope they did not find themselves being taught by any of these culprits. The pandemic strikes During the Covid pandemic I’ve obviously had to be inventive with my time. In February 2020 I was on a lecture tour for the Arts Society, for whom I am now a registered lecturer. That was a great experience, and we flew on to Western Australia, which we visit annually, but had to make a dash for home. There was plenty to do with Gladius in its last stages of production. After that I went back to water colours, beginning with Wren’s lost
The Past | April/May 2021