The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, owned by the University of Reading and an integral part of the Department of Classics, is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas. Other artifacts include prehistoric pottery, as well as metal and stone artifacts of Greek and Roman date. There is also an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period.
There are approximately 2000 objects in the museum, not all of which can be displayed at any one time. However temporary displays are changed periodically and less valuable items may be handled by school groups.
The museum is open between 9 am and 4.30 pm on weekdays during university term time and Tuesday to Thursday in the university holidays and admission is free. The museum is also used for various educational activities so visitors may find themselves sharing the space with a class.
The Ure Museum is accessible to people with disabilities, who may prefer to enter the building from its East entrance (opposite the Student Union), turning right and then right again upon entry to the building. WCs and refreshment facilities are available both within our building and in an adjacent building.
We have a team of volunteers working on a range of projects across the Museum, from 3D scanning, archiving and cataloguing the collections to helping with educational events and marketing. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Ure Museum or any of the University Museums please contact the Assistant Curator.
The website gives an introduction to the collection of the Ure Museum, and how to visit it.
The website is divided into four sections:
- Visitor Information: opening hours, how to find us, our services and facilites.
- The Collection : introduction to the collection; exploring the collection by themes; and access to the database of the collection.
- Schools information : the collection links closely with areas of the National Curriculum, especially at Key Stage Two. This section has information about school visits and resources for schools, including online interactive quizzes and printable worksheets.
- News and Events : details of events and special visitor programmes; as well as other news on current projects, research and acquisitions.