Connecting Classical Collections

‘Connecting Classical Collections’: Bringing museums together to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for collections from the ancient Mediterranean.

University of Reading, Friday 14 September, 10:30 – 16:00

FREE – booking essential – please click here to register

This one-day event aims to explore the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections, and to shape its development. ‘Classical’ collections are defined broadly as collections from the ancient Mediterranean, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Cypriot material. There are at least 70 such collections across the UK, which have varying levels of curatorial support, and there is scope to do more by pooling expertise and sharing experiences. The aim of the proposed SSN is to share best practice, develop collective responses to challenges, and to make the best use of these collections.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the potential role of a new SSN, including the extent of its remit, and to give their views on the way forward. Focusing on the theme of ‘Activism’, the workshop will also present case studies of museum projects which connect classical collections with contemporary social issues. Please join us for a day of networking and inspiration, to help shape the future of classical collections in museums.

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Who should attend?

Anyone working with classical collections in UK museums. In particular, curators whose remit includes such collections, but anyone with a related interest is extremely welcome, including PhD students, academics and volunteers researching or working with classical museum objects.

How to register

Registration is now live – please click here to register. Places are limited to 36 delegates, so please register as soon as possible.

Attendance at this workshop is free, and a limited number of travel bursaries are available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please indicate this during the registration process.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Vivmar Foundation, and their generous support of the British Museum’s national Knowledge Share programme. It has been organised with additional support from the SSN The Society for Museum Archaeology.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Vicky Donnellan at

(Image: Apulian red figure oenochoe from the Ure Museum, University of Reading)