Museum of Classical Archaeology

Museum Classical Archeology
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The Museum of Classical Archaeology is one of nine University of Cambridge museums and collections. Why not leave the hustle and bustle of the city centre behind to discover a whole new way of seeing ancient art? Our cast gallery houses over 450 plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture, each of which has its own story to tell.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.00pm. Saturdays in University term time only: 10.00am to 1.00pm.

All schools and groups must book with us at least in advance.
For school and group bookings please contact:
Telephone: (01223) 330402
E-mail: museum-education@classics.cam.ac.uk

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Labours of Herakles

The Labours of Herakles

  • 17 April — 14 August 2015 *on now

Hercules – most famous of all the Greek heroes – steps directly out of a Greek vase and into the New World in this series of beautifully observed lithographs and etchings. New Zealand artist Marian Maguire imagines Herakles as nineteenth-century colonist, venturing into a landscape where his labours are both mundane and extraordinary.

Marrying classical myth and colonial narratives, this exhibition weaves together untold stories of clashing cultures and competing aesthetics. Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the classical casts, the works invite the viewer to question what it means to be a hero – whether in ancient or more recent pasts. Maguire turns a knowing gaze on New Zealand history and early European contact and colonisation, enlivened with gentle humour and a keen eye for detail.

Please note that the Museum is open 10:00-17:00 on weekdays. (Saturday openings: 10:00-13:00 between 24/04/2015-06/06/2015.)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/things-to-do/exhibitions/current-museum-exhibitions

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.
Herakles Discusses Boundary Issues

Herakles the New Zealand Pioneer: an ancient Greek hero reflects on colonialism

  • 28 May 2015 6-7pm

Marian Maguire’s series of lithographs and etchings The Labours of Herakles superimposes an image of Herakles inspired by Attic black-figure vase-painting onto nineteenth-century New Zealand landscapes, wittily casting the hero as a European Pioneer. This talk will examine a selection of the prints, looking at their general and specific references to ancient material – including the Museum’s own casts of Greek sculpture – and how these are combined with other sources to create a new (anti-?)hero. It will focus particularly on Maguire’s use of Herakles, the archetypal ancient colonist, to comment on on-going debates about New Zealand’s colonial past.

This talk is for adults.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free of charge.

Website

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/herakles-the-new-zealand-pioneer-an-ancient-greek-hero-reflects-on-colonialism

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9DA
England

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Website

www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum

E-mail

Enquiries about school visits and group bookings

museum-education@classics.cam.ac.uk

Dr. Susanne Turner (Curator)

smt41@cam.ac.uk

Jennie Thornber (Education and Outreach Coordinator)

jlt39@cam.ac.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

01223 335153

Education and Outreach Coordinator

O1223 767044

Fax

01223 335409

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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