Ancient Greece

THE CLASSICAL COMMITTEE of the Gilbert Murray Trust seeks to promote the study of ancient Greek civilisation, culture and language. It provides recurring support to a number of initiatives, including vacation schools at the British School at Athens and courses on Classical Civilisation and the ancient Greek language.

The Trust contributes each year, along with the British Academy’s Cromer Fund and the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, to bursaries for students attending the Summer School organised by JACT at Bryanston or one of the similar summer schools held in several different centres. It also makes a small number of occasional awards in support of other activities which promote its aims, such as productions of ancient Greek drama, and conferences. In the past, for example, it helped to bring a scholar from Russia to speak at a conference on Ancient Slavery and Abolition held in London.

All applications must be in by 2 April, for consideration in that year.

Applications should be submitted to the Secretary of the Classical Committee, Professor Phillip Horky, Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University, 38 North Bailey, DH3 1FH (


New: Classical Civilization Textbook Grants

The Gilbert Murray Trust has £750 to distribute, in grants of at least £100 each, to assist with the purchase of textbooks for the teaching of Classical Civilization, at GCSE, A-level and equivalents, in non-fee-paying schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications are invited by 20 October 2023. They should be made by email to the Secretary of the Gilbert Murray Trust Classics Committee, Professor Phillip Horky: Successful applicants from 2022/23 may reapply, but priority will be given to new applicants.

There is no set application form, but applications should include a note of:

  • the number of pupils engaged in the study of Classical Civilisation in the school applying, and at what level
  • the current level of textbook provision in the subject at the school
  • the budget available for the purchase of teaching materials for the subject for the academic year 2023-4

Applications will be considered and awards determined by the GMT Classics Committee; it is hoped that it will be possible to notify successful applicants by early November.