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Past Events: 2015

November 2015

Victorian Visions of Classical Greece and Rome: A Panel Discussion

What: The Museum of Classical Archaeology was founded in the Victorian period at the same time as Classical Archaeology was coming into its own as an academic discipline. Join Dr. Lucilla Burn (Head Keeper of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum), Dr. Yannis Galanakis (Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology) and Dr. Kate Nichols (CRASSH and the University of Birmingham) for an interactive panel discussion in the atmospheric Cast Gallery.
When: Friday 20th November, 6:30-8pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

In the Thrall of the Antique: Plaster Casts and their Viewers

*EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS*

What: The oldest plaster casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology were donations to the Fitzwilliam, ready-made collections of select copies of classical sculpture. But how has the way they are viewed changed?
When: Thursday 12th November, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

 

October 2015

Crash, Bang, Wallop!

What: Discover the true stories behind how ancient sculptures got damaged from explosions, gunshots and more! Take part in our trail and craft activity to find out the terrible truth. This trail will be available throughout the Festival of Ideas.
When: Saturday 24th October, 12-5pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Ages 7-11

 

Following in the Footsteps of Hercules

What: Follow in the footsteps of Hercules as you take our trail around the Museum. Find out more about his adventures and design a postcard for him to send home from his travels.
When: Wednesday 28th October, 1-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

What:

Join Dr Noah Charney, Dr Christos Tsirogiannis and Judge Arthur Tompkins of the Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art for this excursion into the dark underbelly of the art world as they explore the impact of forgeries, illicit trade and international conflicts on the very writing of art history itself. Drinks to follow in the Museum of Classical Archaeology's Cast Gallery. 

When: Tuesday 20th October, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Classics Faculty, Room G19 AND Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Casts by Candlelight

What: Follow Hercules to the Museum of Classical Archaeology and step into the classical tradition with one of our torch-lit tours, followed by a drink as you explore the gallery after-hours.
When: Friday 23rd October, 6-9pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Ask an Expert: Ancient Literature

What: Try to flummox our academic staff with your questions about ancient literature! Whether you are new to ancient texts or come bearing a well-loved copy of your own, our resident specialists will be on hand to help you find answers.
When: Saturday 24th October, 12-4pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Off the Shelf: Treasures from the Classics Faculty Library

What: A rare opportunity to join our expert librarians for a behind-the-scenes view of rare books and manuscripts.
When: Saturday 24th October, 12-5pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

Did Language Matter? Local versus Imperial Languages in Classical Antiquity

What: How did ancient peoples under pressure to assimilate react when their languages were threatened by the spread of Greek and Latin? This talk with Prof Geoff Horrocks explores how attitudes to language and identity - both personal and national - have shifted over two and a half millennia.
When: Saturday 24th October, 3-4pm
Where: Room G19, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Greek Democracy: Ancient and Modern

What: Discussion with Paul Cartledge, Professor of Ancient Greek History, and political journalist Maria Margaronis on ancient and modern conceptions of democracy and the myths surrounding them both. Topics discussed will include experiments in direct democracy and grass roots organising in Greece (and elsewhere) and how they relate (or not) to ancient models, and what sort of democracy is possible and desirable in the modern world.
When: Saturday 24th October, 3-4pm
Where: Faculty of Law
Who: Adults

 

Power and Influence: the Politics of a Classical Education

What: Lunchtime talk
When: Thursday 29th October, 1:15-2pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

Hercules: The Thinking Person's Superhero

What: Lunchtime talk
When: Friday 30th October, 1.15-2pm
Where: Fitzwilliam Museum
Who: Adults

 

Uprising!

What: Insurrection, mutiny, insurgence: just how revolutionary were rebellions in the ancient world? Join Professor Paul Cartledge and Dr. John Patterson for a lively discussion about whether challenges to authority effected real change in Greece and Rome. Drinks to follow in the Cast Gallery.
When: Friday 30th October, 7-8:30pm
Where:  Room G.19, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

The Cutting Edge of Classical Art

What: Talk
When: Wednesday 7th October, 6-8pm
Where: Fitzwilliam Museum
Who: Adults

 

 

August 2015

Meet the Romans

What: Join artists and students from Rowan as they bring the Museum's sculptures to life by recreating their poses. Learn how to draw classical sculptures and our models as they move among the statues, by using quick drawing techniques or focusing on line, contour and shadow.
When: Wednesday 19th August 2015 13:00-17:00 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For children of all ages

 

Museum Tour

What: Step into the past and take a tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology with our Curator.
When: Friday 21st August 2015 14:30-15:30 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

CSI Classics: Detectives at the Museum

What: Yet again the Museum is calling out for young and willing detectives to help them solve antique crimes with storyteller Marion Leeper.  Will it be a missing person, a long-forgotten body, or a plague of wild animals?  Come to the Museum to find out.
When: Tuesday 25th August 2015 14:00-16:00 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

 

Meet the Greeks

What: Step back in time with us as we learn all about the ancient Greeks. Come along for craft activities, to do our Greeks trail and more!
When: Wednesday 12th August 2015 13:00-17:00 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For children of all ages

 

Museum Tour

What: Step into the past and take a tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology with our Curator.
When: Friday 14th August 2015 14:30-15:30 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

 

Cut it out, Herakles style!

What: Join cut paper artist, Vanessa Stone, for this cut paper workshop for adults. Vanessa will be sharing her expertise on how to produce pieces inspired by black-figure pottery and the lithographs in our current exhibition, The Labours of Herakles by Marian Maguire. Find out more about Vanessa and her work at www.vanessastoneartist.com
When: Wednesday 5th August, 7-9pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Ages 16+

 

Haka Workshop for Children

What: Haka workshop run by Maori performing arts company, Manaia.Come and learn about the haka with Maori performing arts company, Manaia. Discover what the haka means, and learn the words and the actions. Learn about Maori culture and get your own Maori tattoo (temporary).
When: Monday 3rd August 2015 12:50-14:00 (prompt start)
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Ages 7-13

 

Haka Workshop for Children

What: Haka workshop run by Maori performing arts company, Manaia.Come and learn about the haka with Maori performing arts company, Manaia. Discover what the haka means, and learn the words and the actions. Learn about Maori culture and get your own Maori tattoo (temporary).
When: Monday 3rd August 2015 14:50-16:00 (prompt start)
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Ages 7-13

 

 

Potty about Herakles

What: Discover the adventures of Herakles, the ultimate Greek hero, with our Labours of Herakles exhibition. We’ll also be handling pieces of ancient Greek pottery and designing our own Herakles inspired Greek vases.
When: Tuesday 4th August 2015 14:00-15:30
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

CSI Classics: Detectives at the Museum

What: Yet again the Museum is calling out for young and willing detectives to help them solve antique crimes with storyteller Marion Leeper.  Will it be a missing person, a long-forgotten body, or a plague of wild animals?  Come to the Museum to find out.
When: Friday 7th August 2015 14:00-16:00 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

 

July 2015

Playing Pirates

What: A session for the very young with storyteller Marion Leeper based on that best of all pirate adventures: the Odyssey.  Travel with Odysseus, help him overcome dangers, defeat strange monsters and get home in time for tea.
When: Thursday 30th July 2015 14:00-15:30 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages to 3-5

 

The 13th Labour of Herakles

What: Learn more about Herakles’ adventures among our statues and our Labours of Herakles exhibition. We’ll be inventing Herakles’ 13th labour and creating our own artwork based on this.
When: Tuesday 28th July 2015 14:00-15:30 
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

 

June 2015

Curator's Tour: The Labours of Herakles

What:  Tour of Marian Maguire's Labours of Herakles series with curator Dr. Susanne Turner. Find out more about the ways in which Marian Maguire's beautiful lithographs and epigraphs fold time and space to weave together classical myths with (post)colonial narratives from the New World.
When: Friday June 26th 2015, 2-3pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

May 2015

Herakles the New Zealand Pioneer: an ancient Greek hero reflects on colonialism

What:

A talk by Dr. Emma Stafford (Leeds) Marian Maguire’s series of lithographs and etchings The Labours of Herakles superimposes an image of Herakles inspired by Attic black-figure vase-painting onto nineteenth-century New Zealand landscapes, wittily casting the hero as a European Pioneer.  This talk will examine a selection of the prints, looking at their general and specific references to ancient material – including the Museum’s own casts of Greek sculpture – and how these are combined with other sources to create a new (anti-?)hero.

When: Thursday 28th May, 6-7pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

The Labours of Herakles

What: Hear stories of Herakles and his 12 labours, as well as finding out about Herakles' latest adventure, imagined by artist Marian Maguire in our exhibition The Labours of Herakles, as our hero travels to New Zealand to start up a new life for himself. We'll be making Herakles mobiles afterwards for you to take home, too.
When: Thursday 28th May 2015 14:00-15:30
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

 

Drink and Draw

What: Join us for a glass of wine, pick up a pencil and get involved as we sketch among our sculptures after hours with expert guidance from artist Susie Olczak. All abilities are welcome, no prior experience is required and materials will be provided. We’ll also be open to those who wish to browse the collection in this special late night opening.   
When: Friday 15th May, 6-9pm
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Adults

 

 

March 2015

Lighting up the Ancient World

What:

Get your hands on 2,000-year-old lamps to learn about how the Romans used to light up their homes and have a go at making your own oil lamps out of clay to take home with you.

This event is part of the Science Festival programme.

When: Saturday 14th March 2015 10:30-12:00
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For ages 7-11

 

Plato, Light and Knowledge

What: Talk with Nicholas Denyer as part of the Science Festival 2015.Vision, says Plato, is much the most informative of all the senses, and is therefore, of all the senses, the one that is most akin to knowledge, understanding and science. We will look at how Plato uses analogies with seeing things to explain what it is to know them. In particular, we will look at what Plato says about light.
When: Monday 16th March 18:00-19:30
Where: Room G.19, Faculty of Classics
Who: Adults

 

 

February 2015

SOURCE

What: Run by the Fitzwilliam Museum, SOURCE offers help and inspiration to students sitting GCSE, BTEC and A-level Art exams. Artist Susie Olczak will be at the Museum of Classical Archaeology helping students to draw and research their exam themes among our casts.
When: Wednesday 18th February 2015 14:00-16:00
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: Students

 

Twilight at the Museums: Treasures by Torchlight

What: Explore the Museum in the dark if you dare! Rumour has it our statues have been known to come to life at night... Drop in to complete our Twilight trail and to bring the statues to life by torchlight. Just don't forget to bring your torch!
When: Wednesday 18th February 2015 16:30-20:30
Where: Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Who: For all ages

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