Public Engagement

MARCUS is continuously forging links and connections with individuals and groups outside academia interested in exploring the ancient and medieval worlds. Our seminar series MARS is open to all and attended by a growing number of people from the city of Sheffield, and beyond. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

In addition MARCUS has more formal collaborations with the following organisations:

Classical Association

The Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, a national body promoting the study of Classics and Ancient History, dates back to 1921, one of the oldest in the country. Until 1990 the branch was an integral part of civic life in Sheffield, closely connected to the former Sheffield University Departments of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, Latin, and Greek, while remaining a very distinct institution run by and for the people of the city. Since 2010 a restored working committee of the Sheffield Classical Association provides continuity to this historic Sheffield institution with a regular programme of talks, walks and school days on all things ancient and classical!


Hunter Archaeological Society

The Hunter Archaeological Society studies and reports on the archaeology, history and architecture of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The Society was founded in 1912 in recognition of the work of Joseph Hunter in researching and recording the history of the region.
Today, the Society runs a varied programme of talks and visits to excavations and sites of interest, as well as publishing papers in its Transactions. Talks are held between autumn and spring, while most excursions are during the summer.
It also plays a role in sharing information of archaeological interest and in responding to initiatives and consultations. The Hunter Collections of books, maps and other papers are held both in the Central Library and Sheffield Archives.


Heeley City Farm, on the Tinsley Manor Project


Other Public Engagement Events:

  • Members of MARCUS are also regular contributors to the History Matters blog.
  • In November 2014, our postgraduate medieval group REALMS created a blog in support of the men’s health charity Movember. A number of our postgraduate students wrote short pieces on moustaches throughout the Middle Ages.  The blog can be found here.