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

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Museum of Classical Archaeology

Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

  • 20 October 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Join Dr Noah Charney, Dr Christos Tsirogiannis and Judge Arthur Tompkins of the Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art for this excursion into the dark underbelly of the art world as they explore the impact of forgeries, illicit trade and international conflicts on the very writing of art history itself. Drinks to follow.

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at artunderfire.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/artunderfire

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Following in the Footsteps of Hercules

  • 23 October 2015 1-4pm

Follow in the footsteps of Hercules as you take our trail around the Museum. Find out more about his adventures and design a postcard for him to send home from his travels.

Drop-in. Ages 7-11.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

This event is run in conjunction with the exhibition Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?5270.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/following-in-the-footsteps-of-hercules

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Casts by Candlelight

  • 23 October 2015 6-9pm

Follow Hercules to the Museum of Classical Archaeology and step into the classical tradition with one of our torch-lit tours, followed by a drink as you explore the gallery after-hours.

For adults. Drop-in.

Doors open at 6pm and tours run every 30 minutes from 6.30pm. Join us at the feet of Hercules...

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

This event is run in conjunction with the exhibition Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?5270.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/casts-by-candlelight

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Crash, Bang, Wallop!

  • 24 October 2015 12-5pm

Discover the true stories behind how ancient sculptures got damaged from explosions, gunshots and more! Take part in our trail and craft activity to find out the terrible truth. This trail will be available throughout the Festival of Ideas.

Drop-in. For ages 7-11.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/crashbangwallop

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Does Language Matter? Local vs. Imperial Langauges in Classical Antiquity

  • 24 October 2015 3-4pm

How did ancient peoples under pressure to assimilate react when their languages were threatened by the spread of Greek and Latin? This talk with Prof Geoff Horrocks explores how attitudes to language and identity - both personal and national - have shifted over two and a half millennia.

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at: didlanguagematter.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/didlanguagematter

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Off the Shelf: Treasures from the Classics Faculty Library

  • 24 October 2015 12-5pm

A rare opportunity to join our expert librarians for a behind-the-scenes view of rare books and manuscripts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/offtheshelf

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ask and Expert: Ancient Literature

  • 24 October 2015 12-4pm

Try to flummox our academic staff with your questions about ancient literature! Whether you are new to ancient texts or come bearing a well-loved copy of your own, our resident specialists will be on hand to help you find answers.

Drop-in.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/askanexpert

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Power and Influence: the Politics of a Classical Education

  • 28 October 2015 1:15-2pm

What power does a classical education have today? Dr Fran Middleton explores the legacy of Latin, Greek and the Classics and what attempts to transform the discipline reveal about the politics of education in the UK.

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at: https://powerandinfluence.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/powerandinfluence

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Uprising!

  • 30 October 2015 7-8:30pm

Insurrection, mutiny, insurgence: just how revolutionary were rebellions in the ancient world? Join Professor Paul Cartledge and Dr. John Patterson for a lively discussion about whether challenges to authority effected real change in Greece and Rome. Drinks to follow in the Cast Gallery.

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at: uprisingevent.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/uprising

Museum of Classical Archaeology

In the Thrall of the Antique: Plaster Casts and their Viewers

  • 12 November 2015 6:30-7:30pm

The oldest plaster casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology were donations to the Fitzwilliam, ready-made collections of select copies of classical sculpture. But how has the way they are viewed changed?

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at: thralloftheantique.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is run in conjunction with the exhibition Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?5270.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/Thrall-of-the-Antique

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Victorian Visions of Classical Greece and Rome: a Panel Discussion

  • 20 November 2015 6:30-8pm

The Museum of Classical Archaeology was founded in the Victorian period at the same time as Classical Archaeology was coming into its own as an academic discipline. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were buying miniatures of classical statues for each other’s birthday, Victorian diplomats were acting as middle-men in the antiquities trade, and and the exhibition at Crystal Palace in Sydenham, not to mention industrialisation more broadly, were bringing the Greeks and Romans to a more varied audience than ever before. What did these developments do to Britain and to Antiquity? Three experts will give their slice of this history. Come and experience Victorian visions over a glass of wine.

Join Dr. Lucilla Burn (Head Keeper of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum), Dr. Yannis Galanakis (Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology) and Dr. Kate Nichols (CRASSH and the University of Birmingham) in the atmospheric Cast Gallery.

For adults. Booking necessary. Book tickets at: victorianvisions.eventbrite.co.uk.

This event is run in conjunction with the exhibition Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?5270.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/events/victorianvisions

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

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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