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Our Archives

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is home to several collections of archival material, ranging from lantern slides and turn-of-the-century photographic collections to archaeological notebooks and site plans. Our archives are an important resource for research, learning and general interest, but they are not usually on display to the public.

The archives can be consulted by appointment only, subject to availability. If you would like to arrange a visit to examine material from the archives, please contact our Curator to discuss your needs and book an appointment at least one week in advance:

Dr. Susanne Turner
Tel. +44 (0)1223 335153




A collection of c.5000 paper squeezes, or paper imprints, of Greek and Roman inscriptions. We are currently working on reboxing and re-cataloguing these items.


The Bean Archive

A collection of photographs, letters and documents relating to the travels through Turkey of archaeologist and writer George E. Bean.

  • Consult the online catalogue of the Bean Archive, hosted by the Fitzwilliam Museum. Please note: unfortunately, this catalogue is not available at the moment. Please contact the Curator with your research queries instead.


The Mitford Archive

A collection of papers and squeezes relating to the research of Terence B. Mitford.


The Museum Archives

A collection of papers relating to the Museum of Classical Archaeology since it became independent of the Fitzwilliam Museum with its own governance committee in 1911. Papers relating to the collection prior to this date are still housed at the Fitzwilliam.


The Museum also holds other archives which are not listed here.

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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Lift out of order

Our lift is currently out of order which means we are not able to provide step-free access at present.
Update: we hope to be able to restore lift access in mid-August.


Opening hours

Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat (univ. term-time only): 2pm-5pm
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays


Saturday Opening

Please note: We are open on Saturdays only during University of Cambridge term time.

We are currently closed on Saturdays until Saturday 12 October.


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Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

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