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 Gręco-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 the 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 weekdays, but it may be inconvenient when the room is used for teaching (times vary, it is best to check with the secretary in advance, especially in term time). Scholars seeking access to particular artefacts may arrange an appointment with the firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum Today
The Ure Museum is used as a research resource by scholars all over the world. It is also used in teaching University of Reading students, and increasingly as a source for teaching classical civilisation to groups from local schools and other universities. The renewal of its learning environment, launched on 26 October 2005, furthers Percy Ure's aim (as quoted by his wife) 'to give life and variety to the study of Greek History'.