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The collections

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, based in the Department of Classics at Reading, houses over 3,000 objects and substantial archives in its extensive collections.

The artefacts we hold include:

  • materials from the Greek, Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Cypriot civilisations of the Mediterranean
  • ceramic, metal and stone artefacts from throughout the ancient Mediterranean
  • modern archives and artefacts relating to the study and appreciation of antiquity.


Learn more about our collections


Advancing understanding of the ancient world

The Ure Museum works collaboratively with scholars, groups and institutions from around the world to ensure that valuable research and education on the ancient world can continue. It works with Reading Museum and other museums and collections at the University of Reading, and has helped to establish the Classical Collections Network.

It has collaborated with Europeana and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science to make information about the ancient world more accessible.

The museum regularly welcomes interns from abroad and is also involved in the provision of bursaries and placements for students from the Department, involving students, volunteers, and interns in all aspects of its work.

Teaching and research at the Ure Museum

The Ure Museum provides a wealth of hands-on opportunities for teaching and unique resources for research. 

Having the museum so close at hand means that students in the Department of Classics can engage in studies directly linked to museum work, including curation, data provision and education. 

The museum also provides work experience and volunteering opportunities. We run the Reading Young Archaeologists Club, educational events for primary schools, and other family and outreach activities, which our students, volunteers and interns help with.

We welcome visits from researchers. The museum attracts scholars from all over the world, who work on projects exploring subjects such as ancient art, identity and material history.

Learn more about research at the Ure Museum

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Visit the Ure Museum

The museum is free for all to visit, including students and the public. 

For more information about opening hours, facilities and what's on, please visit the Ure Museum website.

Visit the Ure Museum website


Our research

95% of our research is of international standing. (Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Classics).


We want to make classics and ancient history accessible to all. That's why we offer a number of programmes in schools, engage with the public at the Ure Museum and run free online activities and courses.

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