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Codebreakers and Groundbreakers: text on background of linear B tablet inscribed with pictograms

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers

24 October 2017 to 3 February 2018

In collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum, we pick up the theme of their new interdisciplinary exhibition on codebreaking here at the home of cutting-edge classical research. Discover the story of pioneering Cambridge archaeologist Alan Wace, whose archival records are on display for the very first time. Find out how researchers at the Faculty of Classics continue to break new ground in our understanding of ancient languages.

Featuring displays from the CREWS Project, the Greek in Italy Project, the Greek Lexicon Project, and the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group.


Can't get enough of codebreaking?

Come to our Codebreakers events for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas:

Family event: Thursday 26 October 2017, 1-2pm: Script Detectives

Family event: Saturday 28 October 2017, Codes in Clay

Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum's website for more Codebreakers events, including a Curators' Introduction to the Fitzwilliam exhibition by our Director Dr Yannis Galanakis and his co-curators Dr Anastasia Christofilopoulou and Dr James Grime.


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

Admission is free.


Just drop in: no need to book


Lift out of order

Our lift is currently out of order which means we are not able to provide step-free access at present.


Opening hours

Tues-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat (univ. term-time only): 10am-1pm
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays


Special Opening: Saturday 25 May 10-5pm

We will be open all day on Saturday 25 May to support the performance of Oedipus Tyrannus at the ADC. To request a group booking, please use our online booking form.


Saturday Opening

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

We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 8 June, inclusive.


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Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

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