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"The 5 weeks I spent in China will remain in my memory as one of the most dusty, humid and challenging experiences of my life... One of the best days of the whole trip was in Shanghai: at the Propaganda Poster Museum, the curator has been collecting Communist propaganda posters for 14 years and is having to sell them in order to make space; impressive English narrated the history of the Communist movement in China through the posters. My knowledge of Chinese history is only patchy, and seeing the developments in policy and approaches illustrated in the posters was fascinating; the visit was made complete by talking to the owner, who showed us another room containing original graffiti that had plastered universities during the Cultural Revolution, and told us about his own experience of being taken from university to work in a brick factory..."
Ruth Simister, Classics and English


"After flying to Pescara airport on the east coast of Italy, I was driven to the Sangro Valley dig headquarters in Tornareccio... The project was digging on a site names Acquachiara Trench 10,000. They had discovered an imperial farm complex that was engaged both in industrial or agricultural processing, and in commercial redistribution of some of the products. We were to excavate further down the field in an attempt to rediscover and extend our understanding of a contropposto floor previously partially excavated... I was assigned a specific meter square segment of the trench and began to dig... I took a plane home after nearly a month digging in heat that soared to 39Ëšc, having learned a lot about the practical side of archaeology from pre to post excavation and all the fun in-between."
Colette Weston, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History


"My first stop in Finland, as part of the Tall Ships' Race, was Koktka, a small coastal town only about one hundred miles from the Russian border. The town's cultural offering was a newly-built maritime and local heritage museum. It was here that I first read about the Swedish occupation of Finland until the first decade of the Nineteenth Century... Turku, the second city of Finland, was the next place I visited. Surrounded by an archipelago of sparsely inhabited islands, the entrance to the town was beautiful but the town itself had been destroyed by several fires, the last in the Nineteenth Century... From Turku, I travelled to the Aland Islands by ferry..."
Alice Thornton, PPE


Ruins of the Temple of Athene, Delphi"With two weeks based in Athens, I was able to see the vast majority of historical museums and sites in the city, as well as a number of ancient excavations in Attica and the Peloponneus... The traditional trek to the acropolis and agora was made, and I found the agora particularly useful to my current Greek history course... I travelled to Delphi, the ancient seat of the oracle, which was fascinating in light of my Greek and Roman Religions paper. I found the whole experience of the site really powerful, especially since the setting is so dramatic... I learned so much new information, consolidated so much that I had read before, and really came away with a sense of what Greece is like and how its history and archaeology play out."
Jane Sancinito, Classics


"The second visit was to SKF, a Swedish Bearings Manufacturer, to their research centre in Utrecht. Before embarking on a tour of the premises we were given a lecture on bearing and rolling contact fatigue by one of the head researchers on the site who gave us a comprehensive overview of the materials challenges faced by the bearing industry and how SKF were overcoming these challenges. The lecture perfectly complemented my recent course on general fatigue giving real world examples and application to an otherwise theoretical concept for me... We visited 3, very different, giants of industry and came away with an insight into the operation of each and exactly how a materials scientist could fit into their operations."
David Lloyd, Materials Science


"I was able to travel to Naxos for ten days and enrich my Classical Greek language skills and explore both the Ancient Greek remains and Modern Greek culture on the island... Throughout the duration of our visit we had two intensive sessions of Greek language a day which lasted about an hour and a half. In these classes we managed to read the majority of Plato's Symposium and Sophocles' Antigone, both of which are on the list of texts to read for the Optional Paper in Classics Mods. I found this extremely valuable as I had not read many Greek texts in the original before and I found that the intensive pace aided my speed and confidence in reading Greek. Furthermore we were encouraged to read it unseen in class and this was helpful in drawing together our linguistic knowledge."
Sarah Santhosham, Classics

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