Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Ure Discovery and Beyond

Well, after eight enjoyable months, the Ure Discovery project is complete, with the final animation posted today. Massive congratulations to all the teenagers who took part, plus pats on the back for Amy Smith and Guja Bandini from the Ure Museum at the University of Reading, and for Annette Haworth of AACT, creator of the Ure Discovery museum trail.

We hope you’ve enjoyed watching the animations and reading the info pages. If you’re a teacher or other educator using the animations in teaching then we’d love to hear your feedback and any of the great ideas you’ve had about using the animations in class - just drop us a line through the contacts page.

We have exciting plans for the future, so please click Follow at the bottom of the blog if you’d like to get notifications on updates, interviews, and new materials. You can also follow Sonya on Twitter @SonyaNevin.

Our next major project is an online subscription-based service giving access to more extensive animations, plus further teaching resources including lesson plans, specialist background information, and a wide range of educational activities. The first set of animations will be based on four great vases that are on the UK A-level syllabus. So expect something truly amazing next year, with animations made from some of the finest vessels from antiquity. The material will be aimed at teachers for use in the classroom, based on our knowledge of classics teaching and input from classics and ancient history teachers from around the UK and beyond. If there’s anything you’d like us to include, please let us know :)

We’re also continuing to work with museums and schools to create more pupil-led animations that will be added to the open-access material on Panoply.
Watch this space...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Sirens’ Arrival

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s animation, featuring the Sirens. In celebration of these scary winged ladies, we’ve posted this album of siren images from throughout antiquity. The album includes vases, sculptures, and terracottas, now housed in the British Museum, the J.P. Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. Panoply has lots more about the Siren myths on the Siren animation info page.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Siren Interlude

Due to an unforeseeable health hitch, I’m afraid we’re unable to bring you the latest animation this week. Please visit us again next Wednesday for the latest instalment of the Ure Discovery series. Next Wednesday’s features the Sirens, so check out Odyssey 12 by way of terrifying preparation…