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Proceedings of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies 2009–2010

Andrew Burnett

Journal of Roman Studies / Volume 100 / November 2010, pp 356 - 358

DOI: 10.1017/S0075435810001504, Published online: 11 November 2010

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Proceedings of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies 2009–2010

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held at 2pm on Saturday 5th June, 2010, in the Beveridge Hall, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The

President, Andrew Burnett, was in the chair and welcomed members and non-members to the AGM of the Society’s centenary year. He referred to the highly enjoyable celebrations which had been held at the British Museum two days earlier to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the fi rst meeting of the Society on 3rd June, 1910. He also noted some of the other centenary events, especially the very successful End of Roman Britain conference held in March at the British Museum, organised by Mr Sam Moorhead and Dr Fiona

Haarer. He read out messages of congratulations sent by Dame Professor Averil Cameron on behalf of FIEC, and (in Latin) from the Australasian Society for Classical Studies.

He then referred to some of the highlights of the last twelve months: fi rstly, the successful return of the Library to the South Block to its new splendid accommodation on the Third

Floor. He thanked everyone who had been involved with the move, especially the Honorary

Librarian, Professor Michael Crawford, the Librarian, Mr Colin Annis, and all the Library staff who had worked exceptionally hard to ensure a prompt and smooth re-opening. He noted that the Society had signed a fi ve-year Memorandum of Understanding with the

University of London. Secondly, he referred to the transfer of the Society’s two journals, the Journal of Roman Studies and Britannia, to Cambridge University Press who will now publish them on behalf of the Society and administer all institutional subscriptions. He thanked those who had been most involved in overseeing the transfer, especially Dr Lynn

Pitts, Dr Simon Esmonde Cleary and Dr Fiona Haarer.

The Hon. Treasurer, Mr G.E.A. Kentfi eld, presented the accounts for 2009, noting that the surplus shown (about £70,000) included the capitalised purchases of books for the

Library and that therefore the actual cash surplus was about £20,000. He noted the future increased space costs (of about £20,000) and hoped that the Society would therefore break even. He referred members to Larkings’ statement approving the Accounts. He invited questions from members and Mrs Bradley queried why the Society had two bank accounts.

Mr Kentfi eld explained that the CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) bank specialised in charity accounts, while the NatWest was used for processing all direct debit and credit card payments.

The Report and Accounts for 2009 and the remuneration and reappointment of

Larkings were approved on the proposal of Dr J. Prag, seconded by Professor A. Bowman.

Dr J. Prag and Professor A. Bowman seconded the following nominations for election: as Vice-Presidents for 2010–11 Professor A.K. Bowman, FBA, FSA, Professor M.G.

Fulford, FBA, FSA, and Rev. Professor J.S. Richardson, FRSE; as Hon. Treasurer and Hon.

Secretary for 2010–11 Dr Philip B. Kay and Mr T. Sam N. Moorhead, FSA respectively; and as Council members for 2010–13: Mr S.R. Clews, Dr E.J. Gowers, Dr C. Holleran, Dr

G. Liveley, Dr G. Manuwald, Dr N.B. McLynn, Mr D.A. Stuttard and Dr R.J. Sweetman,

FSA. The President thanked the outgoing members of Council for their contribution to the

Society over the previous three years, and he welcomed the new members, especially the new Honorary Treasurer and Secretary.

All proposals were passed nem. con. with no abstentions.

The President presented the Society’s Centenary PGCE prizes offered for the best research paper submitted by students studying for a PGCE in Classics at the University of

Cambridge and King’s College London. The winners were Jay Weeks (Cambridge) for his paper on: “Primary School Latin: an evaluation of the methods and motivations for the

P R O C E E D I N G S 357 teaching and learning of Minimus” and (in absentia) Eleanor Nicholl (KCL): “Differentiation strategies for teaching a new Latin grammar point to a mixed ability class.”

The President then referred to the retirement of two long-standing offi cers of the Society, the Honorary Secretary, Mrs Elaine Matthews (after twenty-one years), and the Honorary

Treasurer, Mr Graham E.A. Kentfi eld (after nineteen years). Both responded warmly to the

President’s speeches (printed below).

The AGM was followed by a programme of talks including the Presidential Lecture delivered by Andrew Burnett on (very aptly) Roman Anniversaries. This was followed by Professor Mary Beard: ‘Perhaps our expectations were wrought up too high’: visiting

Pompeii in the nineteenth century; Dr Simon Esmonde Cleary: ‘Western Aristocracies and the Imperial Court’: or why the fourth-century British élite looked the way it did; Professor

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Herculaneum Revisited; Professor Timothy Barnes: The Election of Ambrose as Bishop of Milan. The day ended with a reception at which Dr Armand d’Angour read his Latin celebratory verses, a gift from the Hellenic Society, and Colin