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The Iris Project
24 Green Ridges

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Our supporters

Thank you

We are very grateful for the funds which have kindly been provided by:

  • Cambridge University Schools Classics Project
  • Classics Conclave
  • Royal Holloway Classics Society
  • Hellenic Society
  • University College London
  • The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Friends of Classics
  • Oxford University Classics Faculty
  • The Winton Charitable Foundation
  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • King's College London
  • Mercers' Charitable Foundation
  • The Gavron Trust
  • The Hamilton Trust

and generous donations from individuals.

We would like to offer our very grateful thanks to Cheney School for hosting and supporting The Iris Project's East Oxford Community Classics Centre. We are also extremely grateful to the Classics PGCE Department at King's College London for working with Iris to provide professional teacher-training for our student volunteers.

With many thanks for all the support already received.

Our Patrons

Chris Carey

Chris is Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London. He is a fervent advocate of access to Classics in schools, frequently giving talks to school audiences, and has been an important support in the projects Iris runs in conjunction with UCL.

Bettany Hughes

Bettany won a scholarship to read Ancient and Modern History at Oxford University, since when she has become a well-known  historian, lecturer and television documentary-maker.  Over the years, she has used her many media performances to promote Classics and also to talk about the need to for the subject to be taught more in the state sector. Since Iris' inception, Bettany has been an enthusiastic supporter, helping Iris promote Classics to a wider audience.

Boris Johnson

Boris was previously MP for the Oxfordshire constituency of Henley, and shadow minister for Higher Education, before being elected as London Mayor in May 2008. Boris has long been a supporter of Classics in schools, and has helped Iris by giving talks in comprehensive schools for the project, donating his own money and helping in many other ways.

Martha Kearney

Martha studied Classics at Oxford University, and has led an illustrious career in broadcasting, which has seen her as presenter on Radio Four's Woman's Hour and BBC2's Newsnight, amongst others. She is currently the main presenter of Radio Four's ever-popular World at One show. She can often be heard discussing aspects of Classics in her media appearances, and has been supportive of Iris's work promoting Latin and ancient Greek in schools for some time.

Anthony Seldon

Anthony is a historian and biographer for Tony Blair. He has been a prominent figure in the field of education for many years, and has a particular interest in innovative approaches to teaching and learning as well as exploring ways in which the private sector can work with and support state schools. He is currently the Master of Wellington College, and has long been a supporter of the work of the Iris Project in state schools.

Baroness Warnock

Mary is a philosopher of ethics, the mind and education, and often speaks about the importance of improving literacy in state schools and amongst deprived social groups in our society. She has been, amongst many other roles, chair of the UK committee of inquiry into special education, and is a life peer.

Joan Smith

Joan is a feminist, writer and human right activist. She studied Latin at Reading University before moving to The Sunday Times where she worked until 1984. She has since written for a number of publications, including The Guardian, The New Statesman and The Independent on Sunday, where she now has a regular column. She blogs as Political Blonde and has also published a number of fiction and non-fiction works. She has written passionately about the need for Classics in state schools.

About Us

Lorna Robinson

Lorna studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University; she then decided to spend even more time reading in libraries, and received a doctorate from University College London on 'Magical Realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses' in 2005.

Read more: About Us

Support us

Supporting our work

The Iris Project is run by volunteers and without core funding. We rely entirely on grants and donations from generous individuals and organisations to carry out our work. Our projects wouldn't exist without the people who support us through volunteering, donations and fundraising on our behalf. By supporting us you can make a huge difference to the schools and pupils we work with, allowing us to continue to improve the work we do with schools around the country.

Make a donation

Make a donation online now and help Iris's work in inner city state schools. Every penny will go towards improving and expanding our projects. Whether you want to help us bring our Literacy Through Latin project into more schools or help support our Community Classics Centre, your contribution really can do incredible things.


Host a fundraising event at home or at work

Hosting an event at work or at home is a great opportunity to get together with your friends, family and colleagues while helping The Iris Project. Have you thought about organising a traditional afternoon tea, Sunday lunch or even a dinner party to raise funds for The Iris Project?

An event for friends is a good way to talk about some of the work that Iris does and a chance to invite your friends to support us.

Sponsored events

Do you think you could run a marathon to help us widen educational opportunities in state schools? If not, perhaps you have your own idea on a sponsored event or fundraising activity.

The more inventive and creative you are, the more money you can raise.

To let us know about your sponsored event for The Iris Project please contact us through the site.

Thank you!


The Iris Project
24 Green Ridges

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