In January’s newsletter, we included an advertisement for the University of Cambridge Ancient World Video competition. Students from across the country from Upper Fourth to Upper Sixth level were invited to submit a video which brings the Ancient World to life. We are delighted that the entry from Rene and Danielle (L6A and U4K) was shortlisted by judges. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud of them! The judges described the video as “a brilliant representation of the Vindolanda Tablet 291”.
Rene and Danielle commented: “We decided to create a video about the Vindolanda tablets, specifically Tablet 291, a birthday party invitation from Claudia Severa to Sulpicia Lepidina, the wife of the Vindolanda Fort Prefect. In normal conditions, these wooden tablets would have perished over time, but anaerobic soil preserved them. We considered Tablet 291 important as it is one of the earliest known examples of female literacy which we, as girls, thought was especially relevant this year. 2018 marks one hundred years since women achieved the right to vote in the UK, and this year more than ever, there has been an enormous shift in attitudes towards women. We believe that Tablet 291, written by a woman at a time when women’s rights were minimal, marks an important stage in the journey of feminism”.
Well done, Rene and Danielle!