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Visiting academic talks to History class about disease, death and displacement in Early Modern Italy.

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Lecturer in Early Modern History Dr Alex Bamji, from the University of Leeds, spoke to Elements students studying History: Film, Food & Fashion. She talked about life, migration, trade, disease & death in 14th-16th century Venice.  bamji

Dr Bamji noted that the students she worked with were; “Incredibly bright, interesting and engaged.” She put this down to Island Schools’ innovative teaching approach. She went on to said; “I’ve been telling my colleagues that I’d like to give up university and come and teach at Island School!”

Teacher of History Rhian Thomas said; “Dr Bamji was very kind to give up her time to deliver a ‘Horrible Histories’ style lesson, in keeping with the History: Film, Food & Fashion theme.  She drew links between Early Modern Venice and modern Hong Kong, by comparing the plague with SARS, which helped students to put history into context. It was a great, engaging lesson.”

Year 10 language students also got a talk on studying modern languages from Professor Clare Honess.


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