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Events are suitable for children aged 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session.

Each session will be £3 per child to cover materials, accompanying adult is free.

For further information or to book a place on one of the sessions, please contact the Assistant Curator by phoning 0118 378 6990 or emailing ure.education@reading.ac.uk

 

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A World of Heroes

The Twelve Labours of Herakles

Past Event: Labours 1-6: Saturday 18th of October 2014

Labours 7-12: Saturday 29th of November 2014, 14.00-16.00 (FULLY BOOKED)

Who doesn't know the great Greek hero Herakles (Hercules for the Romans)? He is strong, he is fast, he is clever and he is the son of Zeus himself. You can't get much greater than that!

Listen to the wonderful stories of the 12 incredible labours of Herakles and have a look at some of the scariest monsters you will ever see. Explore the Museum in search of the mythical hero and be inspired by him for a legendary craft activity.

 

Suitable for children 6+ accompanied by an adult. Booking is requiered.

 

 

 

Past events

 

 

Festival of British Archaeology 2014

Young Archaeologists and Greek Pots

Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th July 2014, 2pm-4pm

Become an archaeologist for a day.

Experience the thrill of handling 2,500 year old objects. Look for hidden pots following the clues of an ancient papyrus and create your own stop motion animation bringing the pictures on Greek pots to life. Booking is required.

 

 

Check out our events for Ure Discovery on http://www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/Discovery/index.php

 

Science Week 2014

Mummies!

Saturday 22nd March, 2pm-4pm

The Egyptian art of mummification is one of the most fascinating mysteries of ancient science and during this year’s Reading Science Week the Ure Museum will reveal some of those secrets.

You will have the chance to follow a trail around the Museum and learn about the Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife from the objects in the collection. Then we will mummify a fish together according to the ancient rituals and finally you will make your own model of an Egyptian mummy, complete with bandages and coffin case ready to safely travel to the afterlife, or … come home with you. (Suitable for children 6+ accompanied by an adult). Booking is required.

 

 

 Saturday Specials, 2013-14

Life in the Ancient World

 

  • Gods of Egypt and Greece, Saturday 19th October2013

In the first session of this year’s Saturday Specials we discovered the gods of the Egyptians and of the Greeks. We told their stories and learned how the ancient people used to worship them. As always we explored the Museum following a trail and you were inspired by the collection for a craft activity.

 

  • Family Life in Antiquity, Saturday 23rd November 2013

We learned how the ancients lived their lives at home. Listened to the fascinating stories of the family lives of the Egyptian pharaohs, of the Greek  heroes and the gods of antiquity. Followed a trail around the Museum and were inspired by the collection for a craft activity.

 

  • The "school" of the ancients, Saturday 21st December 2013

Did boys and girls go to school in ancient Greece and Egypt? What did they study? How did they become good Greek and Egyptian adults? In this session we answered these and many more questions about education in the ancient world.You explored the Museum in search of your young ancestor and were inspired by the collection to make your own writing tablet.

 

  • Citizens of Egypt and Greece, Saturday 25th January 2014

How different from ours were the cities of our ancestors? What laws regulated their relationship with their neighbours? How free were they to change their lives and follow their dreams? Could they make their voices heard by the mighty and powerful of their time? We answered to these and many more questions during our January's  Family event. You explored the Museum following a trail and elected your own jury using an ancient Greek Keleuterion.

 

  • On the Battlefield, Saturday 22nd February 2014 AND THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2014

The history books are filled with names of famous generals and disastrous wars. We listened to the stories of some of the greatest battles of antiquity and to the inspiring acts of courage of the Greeks and the Egyptians on the battlefield. You followed a trail around the museum following in the footsteps of the heroes of antiquity and made your own hoplite’s weapons to take home with you.

 

  • Celebrate Like the Ancients, Saturday 29th March 2014

People in the ancient world had to work very hard to survive, without technology and progress on their side. But they did know how to take a break too! Discover all the different things that the ancient Greeks and Egyptians did to have fun in their free time and explore the Museum to find out how much they liked to party. Be inspired to create your own ancient musical instrument to take home. Booking is required.

 

  • Beauty Has No Age, Saturday 26th April 2014

Discover how important beauty was in the ancient world. Learn about the use of make-up in ancient Egypt, the hairdos og the Greeks and the art of the ancient jewellers. Follow a trail around the museum and be inspired by the collection for a craft activity. Booking is required.

 

  • Dead but Never Forgotten, Saturday 24th May 2014

In different ways both the Egyptians and the Greeks believed they had found a way to save the people they loved from death: the Egyptians made mummies so that the dead would be in perfect shape when he woke up in the afterlife. The Greeks wrote songs and told stories about their ancestors so that they would live forever in the memory of the living. Discover the fascinating ancient beliefs and rituals of death and be inspired by the collection for a craft activity. Booking is required.

 

 

School Half Term, Autumn 2013

Fabulous creatures. Thursday 31st October 2013, 2pm-4pm

There are many creatures in the mythology of the ancient Greeks. Some are marvellously beautiful, like the winged horse Pegasus, but others are terrible monsters with unseen powers and strength. In this family event we met those creatures and listened to their stories. You explored the Museum looking for them and were inspired by the collection for a craft activity.

 

 

 

Heritage Open Days 2013

Bringing Ancient inscriptions to Reading. Friday 13th September 2013

How did antiquities come to our town and become part of our heritage? What if they couldn’t be moved? How were we still able to make them ours?

We explored this interesting theme in a 2-part evening event especially organized for the Heritage Open Days 2013.

  •  Workshop/Activity: "Taking inscriptions home." 4.00pm-6.00pm

Visitors learned about and experienced first-hand how scholars are able to ‘take inscriptions’ with them for study without actually moving them from their original locations. Each workshop participant had the chance to take a “squeeze” of an inscription.

  • Lecture: “Libya … Virginia Walter … Reading: the mysterious journey of a Roman tombstone.” 6.00pm-6.30pm.

Prof. Amy Smith, Curator of the Ure Museum and senior lecturer in the department of Classics of the University of Reading, took us on the marvellous journey of the tombstone of a Roman woman whose memorial remains in Reading.

See http://www.reading.ac.uk/Ure/info/news.php for more information on this event.

 

 

Festival of British Archaeology, 2013

On the occasion of the Festival of British Archaeology on July 2013 the Ure Museum offered you the opportunity to catch up with 3 of its most popular events of 2012-13.

  • Mummies. Wednesday 24th July, 2pm-4pm

The ancient Egyptian art of mummification is one of the most fascinating mysteries of antiquity and in this session you had the chance to discover some of those secrets. We mummified a fish together and then you made your own ancient Egyptian model mummy, complete with bandages and coffin case ready to safely travel to the afterlife, or ... home with you.

 

  • Make a pot! Thursday 25th July, 2pm-4pm

Have you ever wondered why Greek pots look the way they do? Their shapes and colours are not casual or meaningless and in this session you had the chance to understand them better and test your new knowledge while having fun exploring the Museum. Then you became a Greek artist and made your own pot out of modrock.

 

  • Paint a pot! Saturday 27th July, 2pm-4pm

The beautiful images on Greek pots tell us so much about the ancient world! They tell us the fabulous stories of Greek mythology; they show us moments of the life of people who lived thousands of years ago; they display the incredible talent of the Greek artists. In this session we explored the Museum to look at those images and learnt how the Greeks used the brush to tell us stories. Then we painted our own pot to take home.

 

 

Easter holidays 2013

Mummies. Tuesday 2nd April, 2pm-4pm

The ancient Egyptian art of mummification is one of the most fascinating mysteries of antiquity and in this session you will have the chance to discover some of those secrets. We mummifed a fish together and then made our own ancient Egyptian model mummies,complete with bandages and coffin case ready to safely travel to the afterlife, or ... home .

 

Saturday Specials 2012-13: Homer's heroes

Once a month, starting on 24th November 2012, we have met to listen to the stories of the heroes of the Homeric poems. In 8 sessions we have followed Odysseus on his journey home, wondering at the heroic prowess of Achilles, pitying the endless struggle of Agamemnon's family and much more.

  • Prometheus and Pandora, Saturday 22nd June 2013

In this family event we discovered where all the troubles of the human race began. We listened to the stories of Prometheus and Pandora, followed a digital trail around the Museum and designed our own Pandora’s Box.

 

  • The Myths of Thebes, Saturday 25th May 2013

We learned about the myths of the city of Thebes and its royal family as narrated in the lost Homeric poem “Thebais”. We follow a trail around the Museum and made our own Sphinx to bring home.

 

  • The Argonauts, Saturday 27th April 2013

We discovered the story of the generation before the the one fighting at Troy and listened to the tale of the journey of the Argo.

 

           In this new session of the series we stepped into the story of Homer's "Iliad" and met Achilles and the other great Greek heroes who fought at Troy. We listened to stories of battles, friendship, honour and rage. We explored the museum looking for the heroes and we made our own Trojan Horse to relive their great victory .

  • The Dangers of Odysseus' Sea, Saturday 15th December 2012

          We discovered together the numerous adventures and strange encounters of Odysseus and his men on their way home from Troy.

  • Odysseus' Homecoming, Saturday 24th November 2012

           In the first session of the series we followed Odysseus in his journey home and suffered with him at the view of the sad state of his beloved Ithaca. We listened to the story of his wife Penelope and son Telemachus waiting for him for 20 long years and we imitated the queen of Ithaca weaving our own shroud.

 

 

Spring Half Term 2013

Passion and War: Love in the Ancient World. Tuesday 19th February, 2pm-4pm

This was not a session for the faint-hearted, with stories of betrayal, blood, tears and … romance. We explored the museum, looking for the victims of love’s darts and made our own bow and arrows to help Eros spread his dangerous magic.

 

Christmas Holidays 2012-13

Make a pot! Thursday 3rd January, 2pm-4pm

Have you ever wondered why Greek pots look the way they do? Their shapes and colours are not casual or meaningless and we had the chance to understand them better and test new knowledge while having fun exploring the Museum. Then we made our own pots out of modrock to paint at home with the Greek decorations.

 

 

Autumn Half Term 2012

It's show time, Greek style! Thursday 1st November, 2pm-4pm

We discovered the Greek love for theatre and we will tell the stories of some of the greatest tragedies of all times. We made our own tragic masks and became actors staging our favourite fairy tales, Greek style!

 

Olympian summer holiday activities 2012.

Ancient Games at Olympia. Thursday 23rd August, 2pm-4pm

Come and discover where it all started! We learned about the 5 days of the ancient games at Olympia, explored the museum in the footsteps of the Greek athletes and brought them to life by making our own animations of their sports and ceremonies.

 

 

Festival of British Archaeology 2012

Monster Mosaics. Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th July, 2pm-4pm

We discovered mythical monsters and other creatures to draw on a tile and we made a monster mosaic in the Ure Museum.

 

Summer Half Term 2012

Ancient Kings and Queens. Thursday 7th June, 10am-11.30am & 2pm-3.30pm

We celebrated the Queen's Jubilee at the Ure Museum by looking back at famous rulers through history. You chose your favourite one, then designed and made your own crown jewels.

Ure View: Animating ancient Greece. Saturday 5th May, 2pm-5pm, drop in

We got "animated" by ancient Greece with our new digital animations and exhibition. We've put a modern spin on ancient Greece by making some giant pots and by using them to display our unique animations. There have been lots of things for you to do and see including the chance to decorate your own pots, find out more about animation and play some ancient games!

Dress like an Egyptian. Thursday 12th April, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

Want to walk like an Egyptian? You certainly looked the part at this workshop, after designing and making your own ancient Egyptian style collar necklaces and cuff bracelets.

Barmy Armies (and their brilliant boats). Tuesday 3rd April, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

We explored ancient Greece through stories of seafaring adventures, battles and monsters. We built our own ancient style ship and took it to the water to see if it floated! It did,... mostly!

Reading Science Week 2012

Mummify a fish! Saturday 10th March, All day

Many of you came and visit us in Reading town centre to find out how to mummify a fish at home. It wasn't for the squeamish! 

Marvellous Mummies.Thursday 16th February, 10am-11.30am & 2pm-3.30pm

you made your own ancient Egyptian model mummy complete with bandages, mask and amulets ready to safely travel to the afterlife

 

Spring Half Term 2012

God of Love: Eros! Tuesday 14th February, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm

We got in the Valentines mood with tales of ancient Greek Gods Eros and Aphrodite. Then we made our own bow and arrow to capture the hearts of friends and family!

 

 

Autumn Half Term 2011

Hercules. Fact or Fiction? Tuesday 25th October

We learned about the twelve tasks of the might hero, Hercules, using your detective skills to separate the facts from the fiction after watching the movie. Plus we made our own Heraklean shields to take home!

Thursday 27th October: Make an ancient Egyptian mask

We transformed ourselves with masks inspired by the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs..

 

 

Researchers Night - Friday 23 September 2011

The Ure Museum took part in this Europe-wide event inviting you to discover our innovative research in arts and humanities.

There was a Family Workshop between 2pm-3.30pm travelling through the mythical world of the ancient Greek Gods

The Museum was til 8pm allowing visitors to explore Egypt and Greece through objects after hours.

 

Encountering the Divine

The Classics department hosted an international conference  "Encountering the Divine: between gods and men in the ancient world" on 1st-3rd September 2011.

It included a temporary exhibition at the Ure Museum

 

 

Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece - Family events

In January 2011 we started the series of Saturday Special events entitled Gods and Goddesses. Since then we have enjoyed learning about the Olympian Gods:

On the 22nd January visitors heard myths about Zeus, King of the Gods and made a lighting bolt.

On the 19th February it was the turn of Zeus’ wife Hera, Queen of the Gods, and children and families had the chance to hear about her and to make their own crown.

On the 26th March the special guest of the event was Dionysos, God of Wine and each visitor made a mask of a character from a myth they learned about during the day.

On the 16th April we met Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, and made a quiver-pencil case to bring home.

On the 21st May visitors heard stories about Aphrodite, Goddess of love, and, inspired by the beautiful goddess, they made and decorated a mirror.

On the 18th June it was the turn of Apollo, God of the Sun, with his myths and the chance to make our own laurel wreath to wear in his honour.

On the 16th July families made soft toy owls in honour of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom

On the 19th September families were transformed into Hermes, Messenger God, with wings and a lyre.

On 22nd October families designed and made cold porcelain coins to give to Hades, God of the Underworld

The penultimate event on 19th November saw families making beautiful modroc pots to celebrate the skill of Hephaistos, God of Craftsmen

Our final event of 2011 was focused on Poseidon, God of the Sea and families made fearful tridents

Scarabs of Egypt

Tuesday 12th April 2011. Families were able to find out why scarab beetles were so important to the Ancient Egyptians and make their own scarab beetle to take home.

Traditional Greek Dance Workshop

To celebrate the 'Museum at Night' the Ure Museum was pleased to offer a Greek dance workshop with professional dance teacher, Xenia Preveziotis on Friday, 13 May

Singles, couples and families were all welcome to enjoy the dancing and the refreshments.

Pyramid Power

Thursday 24th February 2011. Families were able to find out more about the treasures which could be found inside the ancient pyramids and had the chance to make their own pyramid to take home with them.

Pots! Pots! Pots!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011. Visitors were given the chance to handle real ancient Greek objects and to find out more about them. A new updated 'Spot a Pot' trail was also introduced.

Journey through the Underworld

Thursday 28th October 2010. Museum staff and volunteers led this Halloween special which looked at the Ancient Egyptian beliefs about the Underworld. Visitors then made their own figure of Anubis, the jackal headed god of mummification.

Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday 26th October 2010. Visitors found out about the creatures from Ancient Greek mythology such as the spectacular Sphinx and the gruesome Gorgons. Groups were then able to make a flying Pegasus (the winged horse) or a scary Siren (half woman, half bird) and decorate them with feathers to complete the effect!

Spectacular Shabti's

Saturday 17th July 2010. Visitors found out about the Shabti's of the Ure Museum and the role which they played in Ancient Egypt as servants to the dead. Using modroc and paint the group made their own Shabti's as well as a special case to keep them in.

Gods and Goddesses

Saturday 24th July 2010. The Ancient Greeks had many different Gods and Goddesses, such as Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Zeus, the King of the Gods. Visitors found out about the roles of these Gods and Goddesses and then used their imagination to create their own God or Goddess with different powers and accessories and their own individual background story.

Marvellous Myths

Saturday 31st July 2010. Visitors were able to learn about some of the myths which appear on the pots housed in the Ure Museum and to look at the different symbols associated with Gods and Goddesses which can be used to help identify them on the pots. The group then made their own magnetic version of a specific God or Goddess which they were able to take home to hang on the fridge or the radiator!

Gods of Egypt

Tuesday 1st June 2010. Visitors found out about the Egyptian Gods which are on display at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, including the dwarf God Bes who was thought to bring good luck and protection to children; Anubis, who was believed to be the God of the Underworld; and Horus, the God of the sky. Children were able to make their own Bes figure to take home with them.

Giddy-up Horsey!

Thursday 3rd June 2010. Animals played an important role in ancient Greece and visitors were invited to join the Museum staff and find out more about the role of horses and their importance. Families were able to explore the collection to find all the horse figurines as well as other animals such as pigs and a tortoise. Visitors left with their own horse figurine inspired by the collection.

Afterlife of the Ancients

Tuesday 13th April. Following the popularity of previous sessions, the Ure Museum once again hosted an event based on the beliefs of the Egyptians and what happened when they died. The highlight of the day was the mummification of a fish in front of an audience. The group then had the chance to explore the collection further and to look at the Egyptian objects which are displayed.

Egyptian Evils

Wednesday 14th April. Visitors found out about Egyptian superstitions and made their own talismans to ward away evil. There was also the opportunity to explore the collection by doing a trail to find the real Egyptian objects.

Pick A Side: Growing up in Ancient Greece

Thursday 15th April. Visitors had the chance to look at the difference in lifestyle between Athens or Sparta and had the chance to choose which city they would like to grow up in. Families then made toys depending on which side they decided on

 

'Panteles Eniautos: Time, Seasons, and the Cycle of Life in the Ancient
Greek World'

Thursday 11th February.  Ure Museum friends and visitors explored aspects of time and the seasons as they appear in Archaic and Classical Greek poetry and art

in an illustrated lecture by Alan Shapiro, the W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University.  The lecture included an exploration of the ideas surrounding the figure of Eniautos (the year in its recurring cycle), who now appears depicted for the first time on a remarkable vase made in South Italy at the time of Alexander the Great.

 

Pick Up a Pot

Tuesday 16th February.  Families got the change to hold real Ancient Greek objects. We learnt about the different styles and designs of Ancient Greek pots and followed a pot trail around the Museum.

 

Treasures of Egypt

Thursday 18th February. Families found out about the objects which were buried in the tombs of Ancient Egyptians by designing their own tomb and treasures to take home.

 

Mythical Monsters

Tuesday, 27th October. We looked at the mythical monsters of ancient Greece such as the singing sirens, the gruesome griffins and the spectacular sphinx. Visitors designed and made their own monster to take home.

 

Enter the Underworld

Friday, 30th October. Ure Museum staff led a Halloween special and visitors found out about the Ancient Greek Underworld. Visitors also heard some of the ancient myths which took place there and made their own model of Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to the Underworld.

 

National Archaeology Week - July 2009:

Picture Perfect

Saturday 18th July, 11 am - 3 pm.  We learned about the mythical images on the pots of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. Participants made their own red figure and black figure pots to take home. They also learn about the Gods of Olympus and the monsters of the Underworld through the myths that were written about them.

Hook of the Dead!

Saturday 25th July, 11 am - 3 pm. We learned about Ancient Egyptian beliefs surrounding death and what was written in the Book of the Dead. Members of staff mummified a fish, and each participant made their own mummy and sarcophagus to take home, complete with canopic jars and scarab beetles.

 

Mythical Creatures

Tuesday 26th May, 11 am - 3 pm. We found out about the mythical creatures from the Ancient Greek world. Can you spot a Satyr? Can you picture Pegasus?

 

Spectacular Shabtis!

Thursday 28th May, 11 am - 3 pm. We found out about the Shabtis of the Ure Museum and role which they played in Ancient Egypt. Each participant designed his or her own Shabti to take home, and decorated it with Ancient Egyptian spells.

 

Pick up a pot - Egyptian style

Tuesday 17th February, 2 pm - 4 pm. Following the popularity of our Pick up a Pot event where members of the public were given the chance to hold and learn about Ancient Greek objects, the Ure Museum presented 'Pick up a Pot Egyptian Style'.

They learned about Ancient Egyptian objects and how they were used, and held Ancient Egyptian objects from the Ure Museum's collection.

 

Strike a Pose!

Thursday 19th February, 2 - 4 pm. We learned about some of the Ancient Greek myths which are shown on the pots of the Ure Museum and the problems of trying to show a myth through an image on a pot. Learn about black figure and red figure decoration and design your own image based on a myth.

Death and the Underworld

Friday 31st October: 2 - 4.30 pm. In this Halloween event we learned about the ghosts, vampires and werewolves of Ancient Greece. Participants design and made their own paper stained glass windows to take home.

Superstitious Egyptians

Tuesday 28th October: 2 pm - 4 pm. We found out about some of the many superstitions and beliefs held by the Ancient Egyptians. Participants designed and made their own ancient Egyptian style amulets to ward off evil or to bring good luck.

Pick up a Pot

Thursday 21st August: 2 pm – 4 pm. Participants had the chance to hold Ancient Greek objects. They learned about different styles and designs and follow our pot-trail around the Ure Museum.

Pyramid Power

Thursday 7th August: 2 pm - 4.30 pm. We found out about the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids and the ideas behind them. Participants designed and decorated their own pyramids to take home.

Death on the Nile

Saturday 12th July 2008: 11 am - 3 pm. We learned about Ancient Egyptian beliefs surrounding death and watched as members of staff mummified a fish. Participants made their own mummies, complete with sarcophagus, amulet and canopic jars to take home.

Beautiful Creatures: From Pegasus to the Sirens

Tuesday 27th May 2008: 1 pm - 4 pm. We found out about the beautiful mythical creatures of Ancient Greece and created our own Pegasus the flying horse.

Gruesome Creatures: From Medusa to the Minotaur

Thursday 29th May 2008: 1 - 4 pm. We found out about the gruesome mythical creatures of Ancient Greece and created our own Medusa masks.

Aphrodite Revealed: the goddess disclosed

Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th May 2008. An international interdisciplinary conference. See conference website at www.reading.ac.uk/ure/Aphrodite.

Gods and Goddesses

Wednesday 9th April 2008: 2 - 5 pm. Find out about Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses - who was the God of Wine, who was born wearing armour? Design and make your own God or Goddess and give them a special background story.

Suitable for children ages 6 and up. £3.00 per child, accompanying adult free.

Booking is required. Please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

Mythical Monsters and Ancient Heroes

Tuesday 15th April 2008: 1 - 4 pm. Learn about Greek heroes and the monsters which they fought. Make a hero and monster to take home.

Suitable for children ages 6 and up. £3.00 per child, accompanying adult free.

No booking required, please feel free to drop in between 1 pm and 4 pm. For more information please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

Attack! Ancient Greek Warfare

Thursday 17th April 2008: 2 pm - 5 pm. Learn about Ancient Greek warfare and training. Make your own shield and sword to take home with you.

Suitable for children ages 6 and up. £3.00 per child, accompanying adult free.

Booking is required. Please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

Egyptian Jewellery

Thursday 21st February 2008: 2 - 5 pm. Learn about Ancient Egyptian jewellery from the collection of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and make your own Egyptian style jewellery fit for an Egyptian Queen or Pharaoh

Suitable for children ages 5 and up. £2.50 per child, accompanying adult free.

No booking required, please feel free to drop in between 2 pm and 5 pm. For more information please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

Mummies!

Tuesday 19th February 2008: 2 - 5 pm. Learn about the Ancient Egyptian process of mummification and watch and learn as members of staff mummify a fish.Design and make your own mummy coffin case to take home with you.

Suitable for children ages 6 and up. £2.50 per child, accompanying adult free.

Booking is required. Please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

People Power

Friday 4 January 2008: 2 - 5 pm. Make your own Ancient Greek pot or mask based on the collection of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. Be selected for an Ancient Greek jury and decide on who will be crowned the victor.

Suitable for children ages 6 and up. £2.50 per child, accompanying adult free.

Booking is required. Please contact Jennifer Allison on 0118 378 6990 or email ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

Mandili Madness: Greek Dance Workshop

Tuesday 17 and Tuesday 24 July: 1.30 - 4.30 pm. Our family dance workshop, including an opportunity to decorate a Greek mandili and even learn some Greek dances! See http://www.reading.ac.uk/ure/ mandilimadness.html for pictures of this event.

Opa! Greek Dance workshop

Thursday 19 July: 5:00 - 7:00 pm An evening of traditional Greek dance. Our teacher, Elizabeth Stamoulis, a professional Greek dancer, took us through the steps, in a fun and exciting evening. All University staff and students were invited to a traditional panigyri, with Greek dancing, wine, and Greek appetizers.

Loony looms

Friday 1 June: 1.30 - 4 pm. Ever wondered where and how the ancient Greeks and Egyptians got their clothes? What sort of materials they used and how they were made? Visitors saw real ancient loom weights, a pair of Egyptian sandals and a collection of Coptic textiles over a thousand years old! They also tried their hands at working wool and weaving cloth like an ancient Greek, and turned old T-shirts into ancient masterpieces!

Fake Beards and Bling

Tuesday 3rd April: 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Visitors made their own Egyptian wigs, painted their faces like pharaohs , wrote in hieroglyphics and saw real ancient Egyptian artefacts used in the production of make-up!

Monsters from Myth

Monday 12th February: 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Greek Mythology for families, including a fact-finding trail and the opportunity to make a monstrous mask!

Under Siege

Thursday 15th February: 1.30 - 4 pm. From the story of the Trojan horse to the siege of Tyre by Alexander the Great, we discovered how Greek armies captured great cities. Visitors learn about Odysseus and his plan and built their own siege towers to take home!

Floors and Frescoes in the Ancient World

Wednesday October 25, 2006: 1 - 4 pm. Families discovered ancient decorating techniques, made mosaic or plaster frescoes based on ancient designs using Ure Museum artefacts as inspiration. No trip to the DIY store will ever be the same again.

Why was Alexander so Great?

Saturday July 15, 2006: 10 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 - 4 pm. Visitors discovered how one of history's most enigmatic individuals changed the world. They built their own siege engines, made weapons, tested battle strategies and handled genuine Hellenistic artefacts.

Oil and Olympics: Athletics in Ancient Greece

Thursday August 3, 2006: 11 am - 4 pm In 776 BC the first Olympic games were held at Olympia in Greece. Visitors experienced the glory of being Greek athletes, made their own aryballoi (oil jars) and strigils and took part in races... winners were crowned!

Children's launch of the Ure Museum

Visit from UoR PreschoolWe celebrated the renewal of our learning environment and the publication of Sophie's World of Pots (a trail for the under 5s) with cake, other yummies, and crafts, on 6 June 2006. Our mascot, Sophie the Owl, and other little ones made their own owl masks, coloured pictures of Sophie the Owl, and followed Sophie's trail with guides. See the pictures of this event at http://www.rdg.ac .uk/ure/childrens_launch.

Comic capers in cloud-cuckoo land

April 11, 2006 (11 am - 4.30 pm). All you need to know about ancient Greek comedy, with mask and costume making in the morning and a drama workshop.

Egyptian Jewellery Making

April 20, 2006 (2 - 4 pm). We made jewellery fit for a pharaoh in this bead and pasta extravaganza!

The Ure Museum: A Retrospective

Entrance to MuseumThe Ure Museum launched its renewed learning environment on 26 October 2005. This event marked the completion of a year-long refurbishment of its displays, and was celebrated with a colloquium entitled 'The Ure Museum: a Retrospective'. The event was introduced by Prof. Emertus Jane Gardner, who spoke particularly about Annie Ure's role as Curator of the Museum during its first 54 years. The invited speakers were Dr. Victoria Sabetai (Academy of Athens) who spoke on 'R.M. Burrows and P.N. Ure in Boeotia' and Prof. Brian Sparkes (University of Southampton) who spoke on 'Troilos in Tuscany.'

Images of the launch are available at http://www.rdg.ac.uk/ ure/launch_pix/


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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is in Rm 38 on the ground floor of the Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) building, on the Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading.

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