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Spreading good taste: Winckelmann and the objects of dissemination

A workshop at the Museum of English Rural Life

15th September 2017

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The Ure Museum is pleased to host

Dr Katerina Panagopoulou (University of Crete)

"Saviour Monarchs in Context: (Ab)uses of the title 'Soter' in the Hellenistic period"

Wednesday 15th March 2017


in the Ure Museum



August 2016-October 2016

Ladybird books in Reading

Did you know that the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is only one museum at the University of Reading? There are several collections that make up the University Museums and Special Collections Services (UMASCS)

Special Collections incorporates lots of fascinating rare books, archives, manuscripts and artwork including original records from Ladybird Books.

Why not pop down to the Ure Museum and have a look at some original artwork from Ladybird's Great Civilisations series.

For more information contact ure@reading.ac.uk



Launch of Reading's Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities

Friday 26th February 7.00pm- 9.00 pm at the Hellenic Centre,  18-16 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5AS

Held under the Auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Mr Euripides L. Evriviades, welcomes you to join him for an event celebrating the launch of Reading’s Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities (Uppsala: Astrom 2015). This event celebrates the catalogue publication of the 113 Cypriote objects in Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading and Reading Museum. The Reading’s Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities will be presented by the curator of Ure Museum, Prof. Amy Smith..

The objects ranging from pottery, lamps and metalwork to ceramic and stone sculpture, were donated to the museums in the 20th century. Some of these artefacts were collected by the Palmer family during their 19th century travels in Cyprus while others were formerly in the British Museum. Some of the items were given in honour of specific individuals, such as W M Childs, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading. More than 50% of the objects are on display in the Ure Museum while others are actively used by local children as part of the Reading Museum School Loans scheme.

Entry is free but registration essential at culturalcy.eventbrite.co.uk,


Organised by the Cultural Department of the Cyprus High Commission



The Fourth Annual Gordon Lecture

Tuesday 1st March 5.00pm in Henley Buisness School G11

Greek Ritual and the Cosmos: Astronomy and religious practice in ancient Greece.

Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas from the University of Kent

Now in its fourth year, this lecture celebrates the memory of Professor James Edward Gordon (1913-1998) and his donation of 75 Carthaginian artefacts and a Roman lamp to the Ure Museum. Professor Gordon was a pioneering materials scientist and biomechanical engineer, who served as Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Reading. His long held interest in the ancient world led to interdisciplinary collaborations, especially with the late Dr John Landels, and their establishment of a joint degree in Classics and Engineering. While that degree is no longer available, Professor Gordon is well remembered on campus, from the excellent Gordon Lecture Theatre, his bequest of artefacts to the Ure as well as this annual lecture.


In recognition of Professor Gordon's interest in ancient technology and materials this lecture addresses practical aspects of astronomical knowledge in ancient Greece, looking at the instruments they used including the Antikythera Mechanism. It also considers spiritual perspectives on the role of astronomy in ancient Greek society. Efrosyni Boutsikas is a lecturer of Archaeology at the University of Kent. Her research interests include Greek ritual, religion and mythology, ancient astronomy and reliogious timekeeping.


To book please contact the Ure Museum on 0118 378 6990 or ure@reading.ac.uk



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