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Jessica Venner

Classics, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Subsistence and commercial production in the private gardens of the Roman Empire

Research Area

  • Classics


'What’s for dinner? Diet, drink and daily life in Pompeii', Ancient History Magazine, Karwansaray Publishers, p. 29-35

Henton, L., Farebrother, E. and Venner, J. (2018) 'A preliminary analysis of targeted faunal assemblages retrieved by hand and by sieving during excavation seasons at Aeclanum, April 2018'


'Rus ‘becomes’ urbs: The epistemes of spatial definition and identity in the hortus urbanus' -  Meaning, Memory and Movement: Ancient and Medieval Spaces conference, University of Birmingham, 23rd-24th November 2019.

'The Mimesis of 'Human Nature' in the House of the Golden Bracelet, Pompeii' short paper and Chair of discussion group/round table - Classical Marvels conference, University of St Andrews, 9th-10th May 2019.

Chair and lead-organiser of the Annual Postgraduate CAHA Colloquium with PGR Development Fund funding - Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, 16th May 2019. Video available here: https://bit.ly/2Wztk1F

Public Engagement & Impact

Publicity Officer and Copy/Specialist Editor of the Rosetta Journal. (2018-2019)

AHRC Visit Poster Presentation. Presentation of research poster to Professor Edward Harcourt, Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation for AHRC (by invitation from Professor Michaela Mahlberg, College of Arts and Law Director of Research) (January 2019)

Annual Postgraduate CAHA Colloquium. (May 2019)

Co-founder of Heads Down, Phones Off! PGR working groupSchool of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham. (October 2018 - August 2019)

Lead Events Planner of BSR Members Tour of the London Mithraeum. In association with MOLA at Bloomberg SPACE for British School at Rome (May 2018)

Lead Events Planner of 'Glass: Archaeology, History and Practice' at the British Museum. Study workshops and public lectures in association with the British Museum for British School at Rome (November 2017)

Other Research Interests

Roman food production and consumption

Domestic space and spatial syntax

Roman gardens and landscape

Roman identity

Pompeii and Herculaneum


The Royal Horticultural Society (2019 onwards)

The British School at Rome (2019 onwards)

Greenpeace (2019 onwards)

The Royal Historical Society (Elected 2018)

The Friends of Herculaneum Society (2018 onwards)

The Kent Archaeological Field School (2016 onwards)

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (2014 onwards)

The British Museum (2011-2018) 

Relevant Employment


Teaching Associate, University of Birmingham (Modules: Age of Cicero and Understanding Ancient Societies) (2019 onwards)

Administrative Officer (Alumni and Events), British School at Rome (2017-2018)

Volunteering Roles

Coins Handler at the Ashmolean MuseumUniversity of Oxford (2019 onwards)

Events Assistant at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (2019 onwards)

Front of House and Tour Guide at Somerset House, Somerset House Trust (2017-2018)


Chair of the Organising Committee - 2019 CAHA Colloquium (2019)

Member of the Selection Panel for the Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision 2019 (2019)

Co-Chair of Student-Staff Committee (2018-2019)

Student Representative for College of Arts and Law Postgraduate Researcher Student-Staff Committee (2018-2019)

Committee Member of Rosetta Forum (2018 onwards)


Zooarchaeology team in post-excavation season with Apolline Project. (April 2018)

Archaeobotany team at Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Summer excavations. (July 2017)

Archaeology team at excavations at Villa B, Oplontis with Kent Archaeological Field School. (June - July 2017)


M3C-BSR City of Rome Interdisciplinary Workshop: 'Rome: Changing physical and ideological landscapes of the eternal city'. (June 2019)

Practical Epigraphy Workshop, Ashmolean Museum (June 2019)

Royal Literary Fund and M3C Writing Workshop (February 2019)

Reading Italian for Researchers (October 2018- June 2019)

PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Diver Course (June 2018)

Archaeobotanical Analysis, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (February 2018)

Environmental Archaeology, Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (July 2017)

Intensive Latin Beginner Course, London Classics Summer School, University College London (July 2017)

Pompeii and the Cities of the Roman World, Oxford Department for Continuing Education (September 2013 - June 2014)  

Other Qualifications

MA Classical Civilisation (Distinction), Birkbeck College, University of London