Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
University of Reading
Department of Classics
Humanities Building

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0118 378 6990


0118 931 6661

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The Ure Museum started life in the 1920s as a small collection of fragmentary pottery by the first Professor of Classics at the University, Percy Ure. It has now grown due to the generosity of various donors, and is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain.

The museum has recently undergone a massive renewal and artefacts are now displayed thematically.

It is located on the Whiteknights campus at the University of Reading, where there are also several other important museums.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-16.30

Closed: Sat and Sun,
Easter, Christmas, New Year and public holidays. For further information and closures please refer to our website at: www.reading.ac.uk/ure

Admission charges

Free admission
There is a small charge to cover the cost of materials for some events.

Additional info

The Ure Museum offers taught education sessions on Greeks and Egyptians to Key Stage 2.We also offer tailored workshops for GCSE and A-level groups on a variety of themes. For further information, or to discuss your requirements, please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or refer to our website: www.reading.ac.uk/ure

The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Græco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics. Other objects used by these civilisations are also on display, for example musical instruments, broze and copper artefacts and jewellery.

There is also a small collection of beautiful early Egyptian Byzantine textiles. These are not on display, but can be brought out on request.

The museum also houses an exciting collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a funeral boat and a mummified cat's head.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Music, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ancient
  • Funeral Boat
  • Greek
  • Egyptian
  • Graeco-Roman
  • Aulos
  • Musical Instruments
  • Ceramics
  • Pottery
  • Vases
  • Textiles
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Heritage Open Days 2014: From Apulia to Reading: Ancient Vases from the Greek colonies

  • 11 — 13 September 2014

At least 10% of the collection of Greek vases displayed in the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology belongs to the Reading Museum. The loan of these items (currently 305) has enabled a fruitful ongoing collaboration—since 1935—between the town and University museums and thanks to it the Greek vases can be actively researched and published by scholars, and admired by a range of visitors, including local school pupils and university students.
We will celebrate this collaboration and its great value for Reading’s heritage in 2 events especially organized for Heritage Open Days.
1. Lecture: “Greek women on South Italian vases”. Professor Smith will open your eyes to the variety of ways of understanding the presence of women on the Greek vases from South Italy.
2. Weekend trail. The Ure Museum will open especially for the public on Saturday to launch an innovative tablet trail.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Ancient Egyptian Experience

A schools programme based on the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 2. This is a 2-hour session based on learning about various aspects of ancient Egyptian life through looking at objects in our collection. Children develop their investigative and analytic skills by looking in detail at Egyptian artefacts. Children explore mummification and the afterlife and look at what they would choose to take with them in to the underworld.


  • Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

How to obtain

This session is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two sessions. Sessions run between 10-12 and 12.30-2.30 on these days. Please book by emailing the museum.

Ancient Greek Experience

A schools programme based on the National Curriculum guidelines for Key Stage 2. Children get the rare opportunity to handle Greek artefacts and discuss their form and function. Children develop their analytical and investigative skills by looking in detail at Greek pottery. Children also get to try out their acting skills as they recreate scenes from some of our pots!


  • Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

How to obtain

This session is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two available sessions. The sessions run between 10-12 and 12.30-2.30. Please book a session by emailing the museum.