A. Visits to Herculaneum

The Society's members are offered a cost-effective opportunity to travel to Herculaneum every two years where they enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and talks by experts involved in the current education, research and conservation projects at the site.

B. Visits to other institutions

Friends at Herculaneum
Friends at Herculaneum

Members also visit other institutions and organisations with related programmes, such as the Museum of London, the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre, Silchester and Reading Museum, and the Roman Baths in Bath Spa, in each case with behind-the-scenes access.


Each autumn (October or November), the Society holds its AGM. Besides the business meeting, this is an occasion for a social evening as well as presentations from notable scholars. In 2020 during the pandemic the Society organised a half-day online conference on 'Recent Research in Imaging and Archaeological Science', featuring Mr Nigel Wilson (University of Oxford and Friends of Herculaneum), Dr Silvia Soncin (York University), Dr Ira Rabin (Berlin), and Prof. Brent Seales (University of Kentucky). Other recent AGMs welcomed Dr Paul Roberts (2019), Ashmolean Museum, on his award-winning Exhibition 'Last Supper at Pompeii'; Prof. Bert Smith (2018), Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Oxford, on 'The image and cult of Antinous, AD 130-138'; and Dr Roger Tomlin (2017), Wolfson College, Oxford, on 'Roman London's First Voices: new writing-tablets from Roman Britain'. Earlier speakers include Dr Quintin Colville (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich), Dr Alison Pollard (Ashmolean Museum), Dr Kathryn Piquette (University of Cologne), Prof. Oliver Primavesi (University of Munich), celebrated novelist Lindsey Davis, Dr Janet Delaine (University of Oxford), Mr Peter Spital (Friends of Herculaneum), and Professor Mark Robinson (Oxford University Museum of Natural History).

D. Other Events

In between AGMs the Society arranges for other research-focused events. For instance in February 2019 Professor Michael Scott (University or Warwick) addressed the Society on 'Invisible Herculaneum' (http://podcast.ulcc.ac.uk/accounts/SAScasts/Instituteofclassicalstudies/19_02_20_ICS_Herculaneum_Society_Lecture____Invisible_Herculaneum_.mp3 ) and upcoming on 27 February 2020 Professor Steven Tuck (Miami University, Ohio) will speak on 'Can We Find Survivors from the Eruption of Vesuvius AD 79?'.To book a place email herculaneum@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Behind the scenes at LAARC