THE CLASSICS CENTRE

The presence of the Classics Centre at Cheney School brings a vibrancy, buzz and creative energy to classics with is entirely unique.
The Centre works in close partnership with Cheney School and offers a very broad range of ways for students to interact with and experience classics.
It runs termly projects, events, workshops, shows, activities and stalls run by classicists. Examples include a Roman Medicine Day, a Classical Myth Day, an Ancient Astronomy Day, two Ancient Athens Days and two Return of the Romans Day where re-enactors put on a series of cavalry and weaponry displays for large audiences of Cheney students and local primary school pupils.

We have also run Roman cookery projects, a mosaics projects and a Roman sundial carving project. We run projects each term for a range of ages and across a range of subject areas. We also run regular trips to places like the Ashmolean, Chedworth Roman Villa, Galleries in London and Bath. Every other year, we run a trip to Hadrian’s Wall.

Alongside all this, the Centre houses a library with a large collection of books on every classical topic imaginable, a range of original artefacts, a large costume collection and many other classics-themed games and resources. The Centre has Working Towards Museum Accreditation status through the Arts Council and runs Archaeology clubs and enrichment for Year 7s and feeder primaries.

The Centre brings in visitors from the local community to attend its free evening classes, talks and workshops. Cheney students and parents also attend these after-school courses, talks and other events.

The Rumble Museum

The Rumble Museum at Cheney is a unique partnership between an educational charity and a school. The Iris Project, a charity which promotes learning about the ancient world, is working with Cheney School to grow a museum within a school. We are working within the Arts Council Museum Accreditation Scheme.

The Museum is spread across various areas of the school, and features original and replica artefacts from a range of eras. At the moment, our largest collection is of Greek and Roman items, which are housed in our Classics Centre and in the Library. We also have growing collections of World War One and Two artefacts, and History of Medicine items.

The Museum is named after Jamie Rumble, a young man who devoted his life to improving the lives of young people.

We run a wide range of projects, workshops, lectures and events both for the school and the wider community. Students are able to become student curators, which enables them to work closely with the museum in a range of exciting ways, including object collection and care, as well as displays and outreach.

To find out more about the museum and its collections, please visit www.rumblemuseum.org.uk and read our brochure here

The founder and director of the Rumble Museum is Dr Lorna Robinson. She can be contacted on lorna@irisproject.org.uk