20 September 2019 event – FINAL PROGRAMME


‘Connecting Classical Collections’: Engaging with histories, networking for the future

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, Friday 20 September 2019, 10am – 4pm

 FREE – booking essential

This one-day event builds on last year’s successful conference which explored the potential for a new Subject Specialist Network for classical collections. ‘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. Attendees will have the chance to review progress and give their views on next steps.

The event will also present projects on the theme of connecting with audiences through collection history. The venue, the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, houses the Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology, and offers an excellent opportunity to explore this theme as August 2019 marks the centenary of Brian Shefton’s birth. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the collection as part of the day’s events.

Please join us for a day of networking, inspiration, and support in making the best use of classical collections in museums.


The final version of the programme can be found below.

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

Attendance at this workshop is free, but places are limited. To register for a place, please see our Eventbrite page.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Vivmar Foundation, and their generous support of the British Museum’s national Knowledge Share programme.


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