Hadrian’sWall: Jenny Morris

"The image many of us have of life on hadrian's wall in the north of Brittania is summed up by a couple of lines in Auden's 'Roman Wall Blues': Over the heather the wet wind blows, I've lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose. The rain comes pattering out of the sky, I'm a Wall soldier, I don't know why. Recently archaeology and work on tablets and inscriptions from the area have vastly improved our knowledge of those who lived and worked near the wall, though its very purpose remains open to debate. As well as considering the individual forts of the wall, in this course we shall consider recent developments in archaeology in the area, the value of discoveries such as the Vindolanda tablets, working with inscriptions found at the wall, the origins of the soldiers stationed there, and the position of women and children in the vicinity. "

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "