The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Within the Department itself, you will have the opportunity to look directly into the ancient world. The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is one of the finest collections of Greek ceramics in Britain.
The study of the Classics is immensely rewarding, and much more so when you are able to see beautiful items from those distant ages. This is one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in the UK, with finds from digs across the sites of the Classical world. The museum is free for all to visit (students and public) and is conveniently situated within the heart of the Classics Department, offering easy access for all.
Having the Ure Museum so close at hand means that Classics students can engage in studies directly involving museum work including curation, data provision and education. The museum also provides plentiful work experience and volunteering opportunities to students; for example we run a number of educational events for primary schools which offers great experience for budding teachers. Leaving Reading with these additional skills will help you stand out in the Classics world and will open up the doors to a variety of careers.
"The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is open to all and displays many impressive artefacts, unique ancient pottery specimens and beautiful and informative presentations. The Ure Museum is truly a jewel of the University."
Museum accreditations and activities
The Ure Museum is a member of prestigious groups including the Thames Valley Museum Group, the University Museums Group and the Museums Computer Group. The museum has been involved in efforts to digitise and make accessible information about the ancient world, particularly through the Virtual Lightbox for Museums and Archives, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Oxford Archaeology.
In addition to these accolades, the museum is involved in the provision of bursaries for students and for the Department, allowing us to continue our work.
The Ure Museum houses one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in Britain, with approximately 2000 objects in the museum. 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 artefacts include prehistoric pottery, as well as metal and stone artefacts of Greek and Roman date. There is also an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology has been chosen as one of six museums and heritage sites to work on a new, large-scale project in partnership with artists to commission a new work of art inspired by each venue.
Visit the Ure Museum
Contact us for opening times, events and exhibits in the Ure Museum.