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The Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund

The Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund

Study the Classical World not only in London, but also in (among other places) Greece, Turkey, Italy, Cyprus and North Africa – with all expenses paid by the King's Department of Classics!

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Here in London, our students have unparalleled access to Greek and Roman antiquities – via the British Museum, City of London Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum (among other places). But studying Archaic sculpture in Athens – or for that matter Roman wall-painting in Pompeii, as indeed Bronze Age archaeology in Cyprus  – can give a very different perspective. That’s why, thanks to the generous donation of a former student in 2013, the King's Department of Classics set up the Rumble Fund: each year, the fund will pay for around 25 BA and/or MA students to visit Classical lands; most importantly, the costs of these field trips (which are carefully integrated within our department-taught modules) are fully covered by the department.

The Rumble Fund offers something unparalleled within other British university Classics departments. Our field trips are organized by departmental lecturers in conjunction with a specific module each year: students are accompanied by their module lecturer and at least one other member of the department throughout the trip. Working together with our research partners (including the British School at Athens), the department acquires special permits to guide participants around sites that are normally closed to the public (inside the Parthenon, for example); students are also led around the latest excavations – sometimes by those who have recently excavated them. 

The Rumble Fund also facilitates numerous other projects within the department. Each year (normally in March), the fund enables a noted scholar of Classical Art from outside King’s to hold a lecture on their latest research: the lecture is open to both students and the public, and is followed by a reception at King's. 

To find out more about the Rumble Fund – and plans for future trips – contact Dr Michael Squire

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